On Wed, Oct 21st the Fifth Street Brewpub will add growlers to their menu. These 64 ounce refillable bottles allow you to take home your favorite brews from the brewpub. Cure-All Cream Ale, Icebreaker IPA, 85 Shilling Scottish Ale, and Jo Jo’s Midnight Stout will be available to go. Pick up your own growler for just $5 and then you can fill it with your favorite beer to enjoy at home. According to FSB fills will run about $17-$18 and members will receive a dollar off each fill.
According to the Beer Advocate, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, fresh beer was carried from the local pub to one’s home by means of a small-galvanized pail. Rumor has it that when the beer sloshed around the pail, it created a rumbling sound as the CO2 escaped through the lid, thus the term “growler” was coined.
Before World War II, city kids used to bring covered buckets of draft beer from a local bar or brewery to workers at lunchtime or to their parents at dinnertime, a practice called “rushing the growler.”
For more information on Growlers, check out this article by Jeff Heater, GM of the soon to be open The Barrel House:
And if you want to know where you can fill a growler in town, check out our list of over 30 places around town that will happily pour you some beer to go! Just note that you must always refrigerate growlers. Doing so will give them a shelf-life of 7-10 days, or around 2-3 days once opened if youre lucky.