What is a growler?
Simply put, a growler is a container used to transport draft beer home from Green’s (or, to be fair, anywhere else that sells craft beer to go). The term originated sometime between the late 1800s and early 1900s when the majority of beer consumed was draft beer. Beers brought home for family consumption were transported in containers, often galvanized steel pails with a lid. One popular theory states that the container sometimes rumbled due to escaping carbonation and was said to mimic the sound of “growling.” The container was thus dubbed a “growler” and the act of getting it home was called “rushing the growler.”
Growlers are beneficial for several reasons:
- Since there are no cans or bottles to dispose of, they are better for the environment.
- Since draft beer is generally unpasteurized and stored cold, it is usually fresher and more flavorful than packaged beer.
- Many smaller breweries operate as draft-only due to the cost of bottling equipment. Other breweries offer special releases in draft-only format due to their limited nature. Serving growlers allows us the opportunity to provide you with these limited beers that may not be available in bottles or cans.
- Last but not least, growlers are the perfect size for sharing. Take a growler to a party and introduce your friends to the wonderful world of craft beer.
Want to know more? Check out our Growler Frequently Asked Questions