Main St. store of­fers crowlers

Craft beer canned to or­der

Newark Post - - Front Page - By KARIE SIMMONS ksim­mons@ches­pub.com

Craft brew lovers who en­joy the crisp sound of crack­ing open a can of cold beer are in luck be­cause The Delaware Growler just got a crowler ma­chine.

Since open­ing in 2014, the liquor store at 48 E. Main St. has spe­cial­ized in craft beer that cus­tomers can take home in glass or ce­ramic jugs known as growlers, but now owner Mike Slat­tery is of­fer­ing cus­tomers an­other op­tion – draft beers in made-to-fill 32-ounce alu­minum cans called crowlers.

Slat­tery said he caught wind of the new trend on so­cial me­dia and af­ter see­ing crowler ma­chines at brew­eries across the country, he de­cided to buy one for his Main Street store.

While glass and ce­ramic growlers are re­us­able, crowlers can not be re­filled. They are, how­ever, re­cy­clable and more por­ta­ble than growlers.

“They go where glass doesn’t,” Slat­tery said. “You can take them to the boat, pool, on decks and camp­ing.”

Those in­ter­ested in pur­chas­ing a glass growler will spend $4.99 for a 32-ounce con­tainer, or $6.99 for a 64-ounce con­tainer, plus the price of the beer to fill it.

How­ever, at one penny per can, crowlers are much cheaper, Slat­tery said. He added that cans are also great for cus­tomers who want beer but for­got to bring in their growlers for a re­fill. The store also of­fers pint-size ma­son jars.

To make a crowler, Slat­tery first fills the can with car­bon diox­ide and pours beer from the tap into the can. He then puts the can into the ma­chine, places a pop-top lid on top and cranks down on a han­dle to seal the can.

He said the tight seal makes the beer last longer than in a growler.

“There’s no rush or ur­gency to drink it be­fore it goes bad,” Slat­tery said. “You’ve got time on th­ese.”

The Delaware Growler has al­ready sold more than 100 crowlers since Slat­tery set up the ma­chine last week. He said the store will of­fer crowlers year-round and he’s look­ing for­ward to see­ing how Ne­wark em­braces the new trend in craft beer to go.

“It’s pretty cool, and so far peo­ple love it,” he said.

NE­WARK POST PHOTO BY KARIE SIMMONS

Mike Slat­tery, owner of The Delaware Growler, uses the store’s new crowler ma­chine, which cans craft beer in 32-ounce cans called crowlers.

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