{06.04.14} Food & Drink

Draft Picks

The growler, those slightly folksy refillable bottles of beer, are back in a big way. And for good reason. There are definite advantages to owning a half-gallon jug you can fill with draft beer and carry home to drink fresh in your living room or backyard. Whether you brew your own suds or frequent a local microbrewery, the growler brings to mind a simpler time when men made things themselves, or at least bought most of their goods from their local community. Unlike the traditional amber glass bottle, today's best growlers are crafted using everything from double-walled stainless steel to glazed stoneware and ceramic. And they certainly generate less waste and are easier to carry around. Of course, why would you carry it when there are leather bike straps you can use to ferry them home?


Williams-Sonoma, $25

A BPA-free, flavor-neutral stainless steel body is topped with a silicone-sealed swing top lid.


More Beer, $35

Small and squat, this half-gallon keg style growler has a gasketed screw top and certainly makes an impression.


Lifeline, $25

This double-walled design will prevent condensation and keep brew extra cold.


Shine Craft Vessel Co., $50

Crafted from food-grade stainless steel, this has a deep-threaded cap to keep beer fully carbonated.


Libbey, $4

If you're not fussy, or simply old fashioned, go with the standard amber glass growler jug.


Drink Tanks, $114

This design keeps beer fresher by pressurizing the growler with CO2, preserving carbonation and allowing you to easily dispense.

Evolution of the Growler

In 1989, the Otto Brothers Brewing Company discovered a long forgotten container, the European lidded tin-pail known as a "growler," and reengineered it as the modern glass growler jug. The rest was history.



Pre-Prohibition growler bucket



First modern glass growler



Today's stainless steel version












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