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?
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