Generally speaking, a growler is a refillable container or vessel into which tap beer is poured for home consumption. We have 64 oz. and 750 ml bottles here for your convenience. The standard size is 64 oz. but they range in size anywhere from 10 oz. to 192 oz. Yes, 192 oz. I have a regular customer who brings one in and hooks it up to a mini CO2 tap system.
There are a few different stories. Here are a couple of them.
In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s fresh beer was carried from the local pub to your home by means of a pail. The rumor mill has it that when the beer sloshed around the pail, it created a rumbling sound as the CO2 escaped through the lid. The term “growler” was coined.
Here is another
There is a story that suggests that growlers are named for the buckets of beer once given to factory workers before their stomachs began to “growl” from hunger.
And still another
It is said that the beer, on it’s way home from the pub, would spill out of the bucket, and that would make the Dads/Husbands angry. Hence the growling …
Unopened, 7-10 days. More if very carefully filled and capped while foaming over. Once opened, 2 days is the max. I recommend no more than 36 hours to my customers.
There is no deposit on the growler. You purchase it for only $3.00. Keep it clean, and reuse it as many times as you like.
We will fill any growler, no matter what the origin, as long as it is clean. It’s about the beer, not the name on the bottle, isn’t it?
If you clean it as soon as it is emptied, just a how water rinse will do the trick. Believe it or not, even cold water rinse will suffice if it done immediately. A soap & water rinse will work if it sat around for a night. Just make sure you rinse it well to remove all of the soap, as even a minimal amount of soap residue will affect the beer. I don’t really recommend it, but it can be washed on the bottom rack of the dishwasher. Just make sure to take it out before the drying cycle and rinse it well.
If it’s really gross, use a cap of bleach with some dish soap & very hot water. Fill it about 1/3 of the way, cap it & shake vigorously. Dump & rinse. Repeat if necessary. If you have a long bottle brush you will have better luck. Or just get a new one. For a few bucks, it’s not really worth the effort.
We give the growlers a sniff before we fill them. If it is dirty, we will not fill them, and by law we can not clean them for you. We will sell you another for only $3.00.