Growlers

Posted: October 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

One of our favorite and most popular ways of selling Mad Anthony beer for carryout is “the growler”.  This option allows you to take home any of the flavors of beer that we have on tap, not just the 4 brands that we bottle and also provides the added benefit of giving you the “fresh” flavor of draft beer as opposed to the slightly different flavor that bottling beer imparts.  I refer to Wikipedia for a definition and history of the growler as I can’t tell it as well as this:

A growler is a glass jug with a capacity of 0.5 US gallons (1,900 ml) used to transport draft beer in Australia, the United States and Canada. They are commonly sold at breweries and brewpubs as a means to sell take-outbeer. Some breweries also offer a one-litre or one-quart version. Growlers are also used by homebrewers as an alternative to kegs or smaller bottles for carbonating and storing their beer.

Growlers are generally made of glass and have either a screw-on cap or a hinged porcelain gasket cap, which can provide freshness for a week or more. A properly sealed growler will hold carbonation indefinitely and will store beer like any other sanitized bottle. Some growler caps are equipped with valves to allow replacement of CO2 lost while racking. The modern glass growler was first introduced by Charlie and Ernie Otto of Otto Brother’s Brewing Company in 1989. [5]

The term likely dates back to the late 19th century when fresh beer was carried from the local pub to one’s home by means of a small galvanized pail. Often the inside of the pail would be coated with lard to decrease foam and allow for slightly more beer to be in the pail. It is claimed the sound that the CO2 made when it escaped from the lid as the beer sloshed around sounded like a growl. [6]

 

We fill the growler directly from the tap of your beer of choice and as noted above the carbonation can be maintained indefinitely, but when you open it for the first time it is best to finish the growler as soon as possible as it will decline in carbonation and freshness as a result of opening it.  Another important thing to note is that our Harry Baals Irish Stout is not a very good candidate for growler fills. Our Irish Stout is very lightly carbonated compared to our other beers due to being poured from the special nitrogen tap giving the beer it’s nice creamy head and as such when poured in a growler , stored and then reopened the beer will have a very flat character due to lack of carbonation. This beer is best enjoyed for its full character by the pint in one of the pubs!

Growler sales are legal on Sundays in Indiana only at the point of being brewed, meaning our Fort Wayne pub only. This law was passed a few years ago to help breweries compete with wineries which were allowed to sell wine on Sundays from their winery locations for  many years.  If you have a craving for your favorite MABC beer on Sunday stop by Fort Wayne and take home a growler!

 

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