So where does the growler come from?
Great question! Typically made of glass - and able to maintain freshness for a few weeks - the "growler" is a 19th century term. Back then, people would carry beer from the local pub to their home in what was basically a galvanized pail. Seriously! The carbon dioxide would slosh around and then "growl" upon escape.
The modern glass growler was introduced by Charlie and Ernie Otto of Otto Brothers' Brewing Company in Wilson, Wyoming in 1989.
Why should you buy beer in a growler?
That's easy. The growler is:
- Completely reusable
- Amber colored to protect the beer from excess light and UV rays
- Capped for freshness immediately after being poured from the tap
How do you keep your growler clean?
There are only a few things you need to do in order to maintain a clean growler in between uses. Right after you finish the last sip of beer just rinse out the growler with hot water. No soap is necessary. Let it dry overnight and keep the cap nearby. Store the growler in a cool, dry place until you are ready to use it again. That's it!