What the Heck is a Crowler?

Step right up folks and check out this machine in action – it’s Crowler time!

First, choose an available beer. Maybe it’s a satisfying Mirror Pond Pale Ale, or a refreshing Fresh Squeezed IPA, or perhaps that Pub Exclusive beer that you can’t wait to take home.

Then, our awesome tour staff in the tasting room in Bend take a 32-ounce can down from the shelf. It is washed out, purged with CO2, and filled with that fresh beer straight from the keg.

An aluminum top is put on the can, and the container is then placed in a sealing machine. A few buttons are pushed, some pieces whirl around and make some noise and HUZZAH – that fresh beer is sealed and ready to go in a matter of seconds.

Take it on the hiking, camping, curling, bird watching or straight to your couch and smash down and recycle when done. It’s that easy!

The Crowler was first developed by Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont, Colorado, in collaboration with Ball Corporation. It is named a crowler to honor the combination of a growler and a can…and for those of us who are yet to fit a canning line and a whole-lotta-cans in their current space footprint, it’s perfect!

Interesting historical sidenote – growlers were named from its origins as a way to transport beer in the late 1800s. Pails with lids were filled with brew, and sometimes the gas escaped the container as it sloshed around en route, creating a growling sound.

But no gas can emerge from this Crowler, until it is popped open to reveal that fresh and tasty beer. After it’s filled, be sure to consume it within five days, and keep it cold to maintain freshness.

So when you feel that it’s Crowler time, come on by the tasting room on Simpson Ave., order a beer, and see it in action. Check out “what’s on tap” before you head over!

Wanna know more? Craftbeer.com also has a great post on Crowlers too!

– Guest Blogger & Deschutes Tour Guide Extraordinare, Kimberly Bowker

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