Published: 06-16-2009
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    Rob Hill, Certified Cicerone with Total Wine & More explains what a growler is and steps to keep beer in growlers fresh.

    Rob Hill: Hi! I am Rob Hill. Certified Cicerone with Total Wine & More, sharing information today about growler. A growler re-sealable bottle fill to order with draft beer, it offers attractive portability and affordability for conveniently enjoying fresh beer at home or a party. The most common growler bottle is a lost cost half gallon glass jug, but 32 ounce growlers are also popular for some of the stronger and more expensive beers.

    Growler bottles are traditionally made of translucent, ember or brown glass, which like beer bottles are meant to protect the integrity of the beer from the sunlight. Also available are ceramic, stainless still and PET plastic growlers.

    PET bottles are very light weight, inexpensive and great for where glasses not allowed such as beaches, pools or other outdoor areas. You can purchase bottles online at breweries, brew pubs and beer retailers where growlers are filed. When you select you beer the attended will give your reasonable bottle a cold water rise to cool it down and reduce beer foaming.

    Growlers are commonly field from standard tap faucets, just like a glass of beer, but some retailers have invested in special tap systems specifically designed for maintaining beer freshness in growlers.

    These seal tube counter pressure system purge oxygen from the empty bottle before beer is poured in. Oxygen makes beer smell and taste stale in just one to three days. Once full, the bottle cap is sealed over the sealed two beer bubbles that rise into the bottle neck providing a virtually oxygen free growler of beer.

    Filled growler should be kept sealed and unopened until you are ready to drink the beer. Keep it refrigerated and out of direct sunlight to help preserve the beer's flavor. You also don't want to leave fill growler in a hot or freezing car. When done enjoying your beer you sure to clean and rinse your bottle letting it air dry upside down on a rack.

    Here are some amazing beers on tap. So fill your growler take it home and share with friends, it's a great way to further explore your love of beer.

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