What are beer growlers and why are they environmentally friendly?

A beer growler is, quite simply, a container for your craft beer or real ale.

I can already hear you shouting at your computer screen:

Why the hell would I want one of those? A pint glass works just as well!

That it does, and a beer growler will never take over from the near perfect design of a pint glass or stein, but what about if you want to enjoy a beer at home?

Cans leave even the most mass-produced beers tasting like metal – and the Stella Artois and Fosters of this world were designed to go into cans. That’s not to do down either of those lagers, they have their place in the world.

But cans absolutely waste the delicate bubbly nuances of a finely produced craft beer.

Bottles are always an option, but they create mountains of waste in our landfills and the last thing anyone wants is their real ale or craft beer hobby to be damaging the earth.

This is a joyful passion we share, it shouldn’t come with any downsides except a bit of a sore head the next day.

Enter the beer growler.

Whether you’re new to the world of craft beers and real ales, or you’ve enjoyed them from here to Timbuktu, we’re here to help you get the most out of your favorite hobby.

Beergrowler.net will help guide you through the different types of container, from stainless steel right through to ceramic.

We’ll also review the best types of alcohol to fill your new growler with – because the real joy of owning one of these is tasting the just-pulled-draught quality that you just can’t get with bottles or cans.


Beer growlers were mentioned as early as the late 1800s, when drinkers would use pails to carry home their favorite beer from their local pub.

The growlers got their name because as the fizzy liquid sloshed around the bucket, they would emit a noise that sounded like a low growl.

World War II saw bucket boys bringing beer growlers to workers during lunch breaks, but by the 1950s, unwieldy pails were replaced by  waxed and lidded cardboard boxes – not too dissimilar to how some vineyards store boxed wine today.

Growlers fell out of fashion for a long time, but the meteoric rise of fantastic craft beers and real ales has seen a resurgence in the drinking accessory, allowing you to enjoy your finely made craft beer or real ale exactly how it was meant to be enjoyed, but in the comfort of your own home.

States across the US have started relaxing growler laws, making it legal in many places for customers to fill up their beer growlers in retails shops rather than specialist microbrewers – so you’re never too far from a delicious beer, so long as you’ve got your growler handy!

Head over to the reviews page to see what growler is best for you.