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What is a growler?

Do you know what a growler is?  I recently bought a growler, and no it is not a dog, a sports car of a burrito.

My growler was purchased at Grimm Brothers Brewhouse in east Loveland. They offer a variety of beers made onsite, and I got a growler of one called Fearless Youth.

A growler is a U.S. half-gallon glass jug used to transport tap beer. (The bottle looks like an old moonshine jug with the little circular handle near the neck)   Growlers are also used by home brewers instead of bottles or as a method of storing beer.

Buying beer in a growler is ecologically sound too.  The bottles are recyclable, and by that, I mean you can bring them back to be refilled.  The refills are cheaper than the initial purchase.

How did the growler get its name?  Some say it may date back to the late 19th century when fresh beer was carried from the local pub to one’s home in a galvanized pail. Some say the sound that the CO2 made when it escaped from the lid as the beer sloshed around sounded like a growl.

My beer consumption has inversely tracked my age, so I don’t drink much now.  I had to share my growler with my son.  When I get it back, I will refill it.