The idea of personal vessels being used to transport beer dates back to ancient times. Flip-top sealed bottles designed for this purpose were commonly used in Europe and also in America until the Prohibition in the United States in the early 1900s.
Prior to pasteurization and the advent of bottles and cans, growlers were the primary vessel for taking beer away from the tap to be consumed later. The origin of the term “growler” is somewhat disputed. Some say it refers to the sound of the CO2 escaping the lid of the old bucket growler.
The Otto Brothers Brewing Company, established in 1988 in Victor, Idaho, is credited with reviving the growler in the US. Since many state laws restricting the sale of growlers are changing, the ubiquitous container is seeing a resurgence as large as the craft brew explosion itself.
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