Daily Growler to debut Crowler canning machine

Anthony Dominic, Crave

Transporting beer in Columbus is about to become even easier. This Thursday, June 18, The Daily Growler will debut the city's first Crowler canning machine at its Upper Arlington taproom. The machine-a joint venture between Ball Packaging and Oskar Blues Brewery in Colorado-cans 32 ounces of draft beer on the spot. Just like a growler (which typically holds 64 ounces of beer), the airtight vessel makes it easier to grab and go, especially given The Daily Growler's large selection of draft-only beer.

"By no means do Crowlers replace growlers," owner John Blakely says. "But it is less of a commitment, though. Instead of just one growler at a time, you can try 15 different beers if you want. And you can take them into plenty of places-camping, pools, music festivals-where carrying glass isn't allowed."

Each Crowler will cost 50 cents, in addition to the price of the beer. All Crowlers will be $15 or under per 32-ounce can, Blakely says, with most cans averaging around $7 or $8. The cans will also be outfitted with custom Daily Growler labels.

To mark Thursday's launch, OH! Burgers food truck will serve at The Daily Growler from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Throughout the day, Blakely will also offer several special beers among his 60 taps, including a Stone Brewing Co. IPA and a new offering from Seventh Son Brewing Co.

"We have a good relationship with a lot of the local breweries, who are pretty excited about this," Blakely says of the Crowler launch. "We talked to them, and they love idea because people want to have their beer in a can."