Leave those heavy, breakable growlers at home — there’s a new way to take fresh beer home from the brewery.
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.’s Arroyo Grande taproom is offering beer to go in 32-ounce cans called crowlers — a vessel they say is suited to the active lifestyle of the region.
“They are perfect for the active beer drinker because you can take them anywhere, to the beach, hiking,” taproom manager Blake Doria said. “Just throw it in your backpack and smash it down when you’re done.”
Crowlers — filled and sealed on the spot while you wait — also are offered at the brewery’s Santa Barbara location, and former Green Flash brewmaster Chuck Silva plans to offer them when he opens Silva Brewing in Paso Robles in the coming months.
The containers offer advantages other than portability, Doria said. They are sealed just like cans you buy in the store, with almost no air and no risk of oxygenation, which leads to a longer life span. And unlike glass, they don’t let in light, which can affect flavor.
Plus you can get fresh beer without having to buy anything else, Doria said, such as a growler that you have to store and remember to bring back next time.
“We’ve been seeing more canning of craft beer in general,” Doria said. “This is a new, fun way to look at beer to go.”
Fig Mountain sells 32-ounce crowlers (two pints’ worth) of its core beers for $9, premium beers for $11 and high-gravity specialty beers for up to $32.
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