More signs than ever bear a beer lovers’ least favorite words. “No glass bottles allowed.” This is especially true around water, and spring and summer are nothing if not the season of pool parties and beach days. The infamous broken bottle party foul is the last thing on your mind, but it does happen and far too often. And while people might bring cans occasionally, they’re typically only 12oz and rarely contain the craft beer you really want. Then this majestic idea comes along and the world rejoices… the crowler.
Behold the crowler – pronounced ˈkraʊlə’ or krowl-er if you don’t read gibberish – the still slightly under the radar gem of the beer world. You may have no clue what that is if you haven’t visited a brewery lately. Even if you have you still may not know. A crowler is a large aluminum beer can that holds 32 ounces of delicious goodness. That’s right, two US pints of beer in one can. Breweries and tap rooms, pending your state’s legislation, are able to fill these open topped cans with draft beer. They then place the lid on top and seal in the liquid love using a crowler seamer.
If you are going to have a drink, you might as well go big. In terms of practicality, once you open a crowler, you have to drink the whole thing. The upside is that the aluminum cans prevent oxidization and offer UV protection that a growler (glass form) does not. That means you get the beer you want but with the protection and convenience you need. Also, you don’t have to remember to wash and bring the growler with you every time you want a refill. You just get a new crowler.
I recommend everyone go out and get one today because they are awesome. If you don’t agree, I’d like to hear why. Cheers!