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Growlers VS. Crowlers: What CAN The Difference Be?

If you’re a beer aficionado, you’ve heard of the Growler. The 32/64 oz. airtight glass, steel or ceramic jug that hauls draft beer from one place to the other. Some herald it as a more portable flavor-keeping keg. Indeed, what a time to be alive!

So what can make the new age of beer transport even better? In comes the Crowler, the Growler’s twin. Its 32 oz. aluminum twin. If you haven’t seen a 32 ounce Crowler yet, you will. And you will love it.

Glass Jugs and Aluminum Cans: A Tale of Two Containers

With a growler, the brewer will fill the glass container with your choice of barley pop. They then seal it using counter-filled pressure to trap in the flavor. The process ensures pub-like freshness from the comfort of your own home. Or anywhere else you choose to indulge taproom quality brew.

The process for a Crowler involves an aluminum can which is sanitized and purged of CO2. Purging depletes the can of beer-degrading oxygen, ensuring optimal taste. The Crowler is then immediately filled.

Next, a small sewing machine-like apparatus applies a lid. The machine places the Crowler can on a pedestal, which then turns, raises the 32 ounce can, and locks it under pressure into the seamer. The bartender turns it on, and presses GO. Then boom, flavor-locked portable premium amber goodness is ready for your enjoyment.

The Up Keep for Crowlers and Growlers

Re-Cap. Growlers are glass and Crowlers are cans. Like all glass, the Growler needs repeat cleaning. Otherwise, foamy residue builds up and the craft goodness is not so good. But the Crowler can is a one night stand you can live with. After you’ve devoured the 32. oz righteousness, you toss it; no hassle, no cleaning, no coyote ugly – just guilt-free indulgence.

Growler Bottle or Crowler Can: The Difference is in the Destination

The difference between the containers may not be in the taste, but it is in the destination. In the battle of glass vs. aluminum, aluminum goes further, legally speaking. Beaches, bike paths, campgrounds, parks, pools, and public festivals tend to prohibit glass, making them the perfect places for cracking open a crowler. When laws are a pain in the glass, keep calm and reach for a Crowler.

Shipping is another destination factor in the Crowler vs. Growler showdown. Folks who brew from home like to trade their beer Growlers in the mail. The Growler is shippable, but some say that the Growler arrives with partial flatness. Here’s the fix. The Crowler can has zero oxygen intake and zero UV light penetration. This scientific awesomeness implies that Crowler cans are better for shipping and long-term keeping. Yes, finally a container that goes and stays the distance.

The 32 and 64 Ounce Cost of Pleasure

The final, and for some, deciding factor over Growlers vs. Crowlers is the price. The fills are the same but the containers aren’t. The Crowler container is generally less expensive due to low material costs. Some breweries sell Crowler containers for little or no cost at all. Growlers vary but most begin with a one-time charge for the container and then an additional cost for the actual fill.

The Beer Growler and Crowler Breakdown

The science behind these containers takes beer to a new level. Until now, it has been impossible to store and ship tap-room quality beer. Those days are over. Transporting premium brew has never been easier, or tastier. While the Crowler vs. Growler debate may be open for a while, your local brewery may not be. So run, jump, growl or crowl to your local brewery and pick one up.