“Growler.” Say it three times in a row, adding in extra “grrr” flair each time, and you’ll probably enjoy saying the word as much as I do. Besides being just a great word, did you know most brewpubs and breweries across the U.S. sell growlers today? It’s a true and wonderful fact. So what is a growler exactly, and where did this lovely word come from?
A modern-day growler is simply a glass jug that carries anywhere from a half-gallon to a gallon of beer that allows one to carry fresh ale from a local brewpub to home. Filled straight from the tap and sealed with a twist-cap or a clampdown top, filled growlers typically range anywhere from $7 to $17, depending on the size. The beauty of the growler is that is it reusable. After you’ve enjoyed your growler at home (they only have a 2-3 day shelf-life once opened), you can continue to bring back in your washed growler and get a refill for a lower price (refills range from $5-$14).