Growlers are great ways to enjoy your favorite beer over time when you can’t consume it all at once. This capped amber-colored jug typically comes in 64 ounce sizes, but growlers in OBX can also be sold in 32 ounce sizes. Why the amber color of the glass? This is to protect the quality of your fresh craft brew, preventing harmful UV rays from light to penetrate and break down the quality of the beer inside. Let’s take a look at the history of the growler to give you a better idea of this iconic form of craft brew storage.
Back in the late 1800s, men used to bring home excess beer from the pub in a small pail. When it sloshed around, it made a “growling” sound which was caused by the escape of CO2 from the lid. With Prohibition came the illegality of the growler. Prohibition in the early 20s didn’t get much support and resulted in the proliferation of speakeasies, gang violence, and bootlegging. It was brought to a close in early 1933 when Congress adopted a resolution proposing a 21st Amendment to the Constitution that would repeal the 18th, according to the History Channel.
After Prohibition was repealed in the early 1930s, the popularity of beer grew for the next few decades. In the 1950s, instead of pails, people took home beer from the pub in waxed containers with lids but they tended to leak. Why was beer transport so important to everyone? Just like today, liquor stores could not be open on Sundays, so to tide them over till Monday, patrons of bars would buy extra beer and take it home. This is when the growler became quite popular, serving as the perfect solution to keeping beer fresh and safe until it could be consumed.
In the early days, many kids were told by their parents to "Rush the Growler,” acting as bucket boys who carried the pails back home or to the workplace from the pub for their folks. The early 20th century dubbed the term "nickel beer,” where a growler could be filled for between 5 and15¢. A lot of space was left at the top though for the head of the beer.
With the approach of the late 60s, glass growlers were phased out and plastic ones were brought in. However, the law changed saying that beer could be packaged after hours and therefore the popularity of the growler soon died down. Fast forward to the 1990s when microbreweries began to pop up in communities all across the country. This propelled the idea of the growler to popularity once again.
Today, you can get growlers in the Outer Banks with us here at the Buffalo City Jug Company. We are your premier source for top-notch craft brews and are happy to serve as your #1 growler station in the Outer Banks.
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Located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Buffalo City Jug Shop is the first growler store on the beach. Satisfy your taste for craft brew with 24 taps, and a full selection of select bottles and cans.
Buffalo City Jug Shop1900 S Croatan HwySuite BKill Devil Hills, NC 27948(252) 255-2347