Now, this growler thing just might be the ticket for HOT SUMMER NIGHTS, but first things first. Let’s define a growler, shall we? … because some of you might be thinking about, oh, a largish dog (as opposed to a smallish dog, which is a yapper) or an empty stomach or some other, less polite topics we’d rather not address here – much less celebrate.
No, what we’re celebrating now and hopefully for many New Year’s Eves to come in a container used to transport brewery beer from pub to home. Cool, eh?
These wondrous vessels are filled right from the brewmeister’s tap and sealed first with a kiss (we made that up) and then with a twist-off cap. Sometimes plastic wrap us used over the cap. Sometimes the growlers are labeled. They hold, generally speaking, around a half gallon of brew.
Like pony kegs, growlers can be used again and again. Therefore, you often pay a deposit on the container. Filled prices without deposit run a wide range, from less than $5 to more than $15. If you bring your growler back clean, you can sometimes get refills at a lesser price. Refrigerate your growler after opening. And consult the following site for more info: http://www.beeradvocate.com/articles/384/
Different sizes of growlers are out there, and you can also find “filling stations.” Two fun sites are http://newschoolbeer.com/2013/07/growler-craze-continues-with-new-openings.html