Back in the late 19th century, workers would carry beer home (often subsidized by their employer) from the local pubs in small galvanized pails. It's been said the word "growler" came about because as the beer sloshed around in the pail, it released a rumbling as the carbon dioxide escaped from the lid.
This growler, made of ceramic, is handmade in Portland, Oregon. Unlike the "beer buckets" of the 1800s, this growler seals carbonation with a rubber gasket, to keep your draft fresh for days (and prevent any "growling" on the way home). It protects beer from heat and light with its thick cast, and it's strong enough that the pressure inside won't crack it.
The design, slip cast by hand and trimmed on the potters' wheel, has the tightest lid fit. The ceramic is cast thick so it holds up in the cold.
A good growler doesn't only protect beer and keep it fresh; it cuts down on waste. Piles of beer bottles and cans that may or may not make it to the recycling center will no longer be a concern in your life.
This growler is one of very few growlers manufactured in the entire USA. The small pool of competitors gives this small company of Oregonians freedom to make their growlers in small batches, paying strict attention to quality and consistency.
To care for the growler, hand wash and dry upside down. When transporting the growler, make sure it's secure. Just because ceramic is tougher than glass doesn't mean it isn't fragile.
The growler can be used for any tasty beverage from the tap, whether that's IPA or bulk kombucha.
The growler is not dishwasher safe. Use a bottle brush to scrub out the bottom and sides after use.
New ceramic growlers right off the lathe.
Like many creations coming out of Portland, Oregon, the ceramic growler is meant to help you be kinder to the environment while improving your life experiences. A growler not only keeps beer bottles and cans from being thrown out, but allows you to drink more beer from the tap, which tastes better.
There are no machines involved in the production process of the growler. First, a prototype is produced on the lathe, then the mold maker pours a mother mold which creates working moulds. Jonathan Langston, one of the company owners, told me: "With say twenty working molds we can produce twenty growlers a day" - a luxury given to them because of how few other growlers are being made in the USA. There is virtually no competition, which allows them to spend more time checking over the details.
Every step of the process, because it comes from pouring molds, involves the hand of the maker. From there the growlers are glazed and fired, inspected for quality, then packed and shipped.
Because the company believes each growler should be made as well as the last, they will replace any vessels with flaws in structural integrity or otherwise within 30 days.
The team works with Mudshark Studios, whose owners have been trained for years in American ceramic manufacturing, to produce and ship the growlers. Mudshark has maintained a successful business in direct competition with China because of their expert knowledge and efficient production.
Wide mouth ceramic flip top with rubber gasket to seal carbonation. Slip cast by hand and trimmed on the potters' wheel for a tight fit. Made in Portland, Oregon. Comes in 32 and 64 ounces. Also available in White and in a loopless version.
32 ounce (8.5 inches x 4.5 inches)
64 ounce (11 inches x 5.75 inches)
High temperature stoneware clay
302 Stainless steel wire
Food safe rubber gasket
Food safe/High temp glaze
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