Growlers for sale at craft & Growler, photographed September 26, 2014. (Evans Caglage / employee Photographer)
We recently spoke with 5 local beer lovers that dished about the greatness the growlers. However what is a growler, anyway? Here"s a first-timers guide to finding, using and cleaning this increasingly renowned vessels. Be sure to inspect out our various other stories around where to fill and what neighborhood hopheads recommend trying.

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What"s a growler?

It"s a container supplied to transport and also hold beer drawn from the tap. Most have rubber-lined caps that make a chop seal to maintain freshness. The term growler days to the late 19th century, when lidded pails were used to lug beer residence from the pub. Metropolitan legend has actually it that the surname refers one of two people to the growling sound the beer made together it bubbled increase under the lid, or the grumbling of the customers who got skimpy fills.


If the growler is strictly sealed and also remains unopened and also chilled, the beer stays fresh for several days - also longer, if the bar has actually a filling device that injects carbon dioxide into the growler. When opened, the beer have the right to stay fresh for around 36 hours before it walk flat.

Where deserve to I to buy growlers, and what have the right to I expect to pay?


Just around any location that fills growlers sells castle (see list of growler bars). You can additionally buy online. Prices depend on the dimension of the growler and also the material. Because that 32- or 64-ounce glass jugs, prices begin at $6. Stainless steel 64-ounce growlers start about $22; stoneware and ceramic growlers space the most expensive, approximately $65. Smaller growlers are also available.

How execute I treatment for a growler?

Immediately after pouring out the critical of the beer, rinse the growler and its cap extensively with hot water. Air-dry the growler and its cap, upside down in a food drainer; when both are totally dry, put the cap back on.


What should I try?

Community Mosaic IPA, ar Beer Co., Dallas (available year-round): four of the five growler bar regulars we interviewed rated this beer amongst their favourite Texas craft beers. This beautifully balanced IPA is called for the variety of hops used to make it. That shows full hop aroma and flavor, yet it doesn"t overwhelm the palate through bitterness, as some American IPAs do. "I would put it up over there with any kind of of the IPAs coming in indigenous California," beer lover Kevin Reitz says. "And it"s walking to it is in fresher, too."

Tina Danze is a freelance writer. Follow her on Twitter in ~

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