What is a Growler?

(Hint: It’s not a small iceberg)

In the dictionary a growler is defined as, among other things, a small iceberg. You’ve probably guessed by now that this is not the definition that applies here.

The growlers we’re interested in are glass bottles, shaped like a cross between a moonshine jug and a plump beer bottle. But growlers weren’t always glass jugs. They started off in the 1890s as covered pails, used to carry beer from taverns to homes and workplaces.

MoondogThe name, “growler”, likely came from the sound they made as carbon dioxide was released from under the lid. Since then, growlers have taken various forms, from clear bottles in the 20s to cardboard containers in the 50s. But, as liquor stores began selling packaged beer in the 60s, growlers were no longer needed and disappeared.