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What is a Growler?

A Growler is a refillable container, into which draught beer is poured for home consumption. Today’s Growler comes in many different shapes and sizes – 2 litre, 1 litre, 64 floz, 32 floz, glass, ceramic, plastic and stainless steel as well as many novelty shapes.

Filling a Growler from a traditional beer tap is not as easy as it may seem and has a tendency to cause the beer to foam and overflow from the Growler, resulting in waste. (There is nothing worse than wasted beer!) The beer also comes in contact with air and will immediately start to oxidise.

The Pegas CrafTap from Craftbeer Growlers Ltd, offers the solution to both of these problems while filling your Growlers. The Pegas CrafTap allows no air to come in contact with beer, resulting in no oxidisation of the beer and will keep perfect for up to 60 days. It also minimises foaming, which reduces your waste to virtually zero.

History Of The Growler

Before bottled beer became economical and popular, if one wanted beer outside of the pub, it was usually draught beer filled and carried out in a growler, aka “bucket” or “billy can” of beer. Many different containers were used to carry beer home – the most common “growler” was a 4 pint galvanized or enamelled billy can.

While the origins of the “Grolwer” term is much in dispute the best suggestion that we have is that, while being transported home, escaping co2 lifted the lid on the billy can making a growling noise.