Oskar Blues Brewery and the Ball Corporation's 32-ounce innovation solves a dilemma for Floridians looking to romp under the sun in places where growlers, those 32- or 128-ounce glass jugs that keep craft beer fresh until opened, can't always go.
Though they're only suitable for one-time use, crowlers — growler-sized cans filled with your draft-of-choice — offer a lightweight, land-or-sea alternative to growlers. The recyclable cans are seamed on-site by breweries for optimal freshness.
In an interview
earlier this month, Cigar City Cider and Mead's Todd Strauss described the crowler concept as "canning on the fly."
A crowler is seamed "right on the spot ... so you can pack it in your cooler and go," he said.
With help from the crowler pioneers
, Cigar City Brewing announced last week that its taproom will start filling these aluminum babies. The brewery held its first Growler-Crowler Tuesday event June 17, and one of the featured liquids was a Right-Side-Up Pineapple Cake Lager.
South Florida's Due South Brewing received a crowler machine from Oskar Blues, too. Due South and Cigar City are charging $1 plus the price of a 32-ounce fill per crowler.
Watch this video from Due South to see how it works: