Growler History 1


Beginning as early as the late 1800s, tin pails, pitchers, glass jars or jugs, or other vessels were used to carry beer home from the local pub. The most common was a 2 quart galvanized or enameled pail. These "growlers" supposedly got their name because as the beer sloshed around, it caused the carbon dioxide to escape and create a growling noise. However, some sources sugges it was the constant conflict between the two parties — the bartender who's filling a two quart pail with a pint of beer, and the customer looking for a full pail — which caused the "growling".