session is all about growlers and is hosted on the Washington Beer Blog. In Ireland, a growler is a rare sight. I have heard that in Cork, the Bierhaus now has a growler service. In Dublin, the Bull and Castle was looking to get branded growlers and getting a refill service but there is no sign of them yet.
John pretty much hits the nail on the head as to why we don't have much in the way of growlers in this country and that is probably because of public transport and our pub culture. In fact the only real use for a growler that I can see is for special beers that are rarely available. For instance it might be nice to go to one of the upcoming beer festivals and see if Barrelhead will fill my growler with their pale ale or one of the other breweries with specials that I am not likely to see till the next beer festival.
This weekend I am planning on heading in to Dublin to visit the new Black Sheep pub, owned by the people behind Against the grain, Oslo etc. I will not be bringing my growler.