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Refillable Beer & Wine
updated: Dec 21, 2013, 1:00 PM

By Kelley Skumautz

Around Town Asides - Local Finds With Refill In Mind: Armed with reused containers and bags, I scour the greater Santa Barbara area for places where bringing your own is not taboo.

Call us lame, old, stiff or whatever you'd like but my husband and I don't regularly keep beer or wine in the house. I guess we're just not that thirsty, so we tend to bring it home for social gatherings only (which totaled all of two this year).

But I do have a keen eye for consumption alternatives, and when a former colleague got a refillable growler donated to a silent auction, my eco-chic radar lit up. Later, when same colleague and their spouse put together a wonderful string of events and successes that called for celebration, my husband and I invited them to be our guests for an after work drink (with ulterior motive in full disclosure: "bring along that empty jug, if you please").

I like to call the 400 block of north Salispuedes Street in Santa Barbara something of a "swillable refillables ghetto" because next door to Telegraph Brewing Company is Carr Winery and both provide their premium pours in returnable, refillable containers. The night in question saw hops win out over grapes so off to Telegraph we went, and while our friends raised their glasses, we gave a toast to the accomplishments of 2013. Then, after getting all caught up on recent news, we were happy to send them toward 2014 with well wishes, good cheer, and a growler full of really fine beer.

Vino and suds make great holiday and host gifts, so if you're in the market for something local, quaffable, and green stop by Telegraph and/or Carr to put a little ghetto in your gift giving.

**Headed to points north? Carr's tasting room in downtown Santa Ynez carries refillable wine bottles, as does Palmina Wines in Lompoc.

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Kelley Skumautz is the owner of Refill to You, a service that replenishes empty containers with detergents, soaps, lotions and sprays for the kitchen, bath, and laundry and delivers them to your home or small business. She also writes a weekly blog about simplicity, sustainability, community & commodity.


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