What Is a Beer Growler?

A beer growler is a jug, typically made out of glass, ceramic, or stainless steel, which is used to transport beer. It can also be described as an air-tight container, that allows you to take draft beer from one place to another without a degradation of quality.

A Quick History of Growlers...

The term “growler” first came around in the late 1800s, and at the time it was just a metal pail with a lid. Just like today, they were used to transport beer from the local pub to a customer’s home. The reason we refer to these beer jugs as “growlers” is still up for debate. Many believe the term comes from the sound the pail covers use to make while the carbon dioxide would escape. Others suggest the “growl” resulted from the arguing between the customer and bartender over the amount the growler should be filled up.

The popularity of growlers remained constant until the prohibition of alcohol (the 18th amendment). In the 1950s growlers made some minor improvements, but were quickly phased out in the 60s once bars were allowed to sell prepackaged beer. Thanks to the increased popularity of craft beers over the last couple decades the modern day growler now exists. The growlers of today use counter-pressure filling technology that eliminates the air in the jug to erase the risk of flat beer. Growlers again have been increasing in popularity as their filling regulations have recently changed allowing places such as Gooseberries to fill your glass.

Benefits of a Growler...

1. Easy way to transport draft beer.

2. Cost per pint is less with a growler.

3. Bring home craft beer from the local brewery or grocery store that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to drink.

4. Eco-friendly.