Thursday, June 19, 2014

On the crowl: Crowlers hit Tampa, Boynton Beach craft breweries (with video)

Cooling off outdoors with a craft brew just got easier.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 1:50 PM

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.

click to enlarge Cigar City's "Big Ole Can of Beer" next to its growler. - CIGAR CITY BREWING VIA FACEBOOK
  • Cigar City Brewing via Facebook
  • Cigar City's "Big Ole Can of Beer" next to its growler.
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 with CL 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:

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