Craft beer growlers stir up controversy among beer drinkers
Beer enthusiasts debate the best method for buying local craft beer
Over the past week craft beer enthusiasts have been arguing over Twitter about beer growlers and whether or not they're the best way to buy beer.
It only took me a year to realize that growlers are a really stupid way to buy your beer.—@geoff_turner
<a href="https://twitter.com/geoff_turner">@geoff_turner</a> It doesn't get fresher than direct from the brewery.—@BCbrews
Growlers are a large, glass bottle that commonly holds up to 2 L of fresh suds from your local brewery.
On the Coast's beer columnist Rebecca Whyman says the tradition of buying beer in growlers is centuries old and is not just a trend. However, she warns that they may not always be the best way to drink beer.
"Growlers are a great choice if you're looking for an inexpensive way to feed fresh beer to multiple people," says Whyman.
But she warns that the beer quickly starts to lose its carbonation after the growler has been opened.
"Unless you're interested in drinking the beer very soon after filling the growler, you might just be better off buying a six pack of recyclable bottles or cans," says Whyman.
Another disadvantage is that growlers that aren't properly cleaned can lead to a higher risk of spoilage.
As an alternative, Whyman suggests trying the "canpedo," such as those served at Bridge Brewing, or as Moody Ales likes to call it, a "crowler." It's a one-litre aluminum can filled to order at the brewery.
"Like cans over bottles, the canpedo solves a couple of other growler issues, like oxidation and getting light struck," says Whyman. "Plus, cans aren't breakable and weigh less than bottles."
The can isn't reusable, but it is recyclable.
To hear the full interview, including Whyman's craft beer recommendations, listen to the audio labelled: Growling over growlers.