Why is a Growler a Growler?

No one quite knows where the term “growler” came from in regards to beer. There are lots of theories:

1.) The original growler was a metal pail with a lid. The lid would bang around when carried creatin

g a ruckus. I think this one is a stretch. That being said, I suppose if someone were banging on a metal pail when I was trying to sleep – I would certainly growl!

2.) Another explanation is that customers would often argue with the barkeep about how much beer was put in their pail. I get that. Though, in this situation, we could be selling a “whiner” at the brewery instead of a “growler.”