Tasting: June 29, 2015
Style: Brown Ale
Beer # 766
In the late 19th century and into the early 20th century, fresh beer was toted from the local pub to one’s home in a small galvanized pail with a lid. It was said that when the beer sloshed around the pail, the escaping CO2 created a rumbling or a growling sound hence the term “growler”. Today’s growlers are glass and measure sixty-four ounces. There are half size offerings called “squealers”. Pictured above is the latest in “take home” containers – the crowler (can/growler). Developed by Ball Corporation, the crowler first appeared at Oskar Blues in Colorado in early 2014. The crowler is created in a system that purges the container with CO2 so no oxygen degrades the beer. The thirty-two ounce can is then sealed.
Check out the video of this crowler of Vanilla Maduro being made:
This particular crowler was a souvenir from a friend that spent the weekend visiting family in Tampa Bay.
Vanilla Maduro is watery, somewhat sweet and full of muted flavor – vanilla, caramel, weak chocolate. I just can’t get past the wimpy flavor – 84 points. Not much of an uptick from the base Maduro (83 points).