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Miir introduces better, redesigned growler

blacknewgrowler_10c65d85-5517-449f-8d8d-8e3e4a50c908From time to time companies that have beer-centric products reach out to me and offer to send me samples. Whether these items are beer, accessories or books, I sometimes accept their offers when the product is of particular interest to me. That said, a few months ago I received an email from Jam Collective a public relations firm representing Miir Labs. The email introduced me to Miir’s recently updated growler.

Fast forward to this week when a box appeared on my front door step from Miir. Eagerly I opened the box to find that the beautiful matte black growler I had requested arrived.

The first thing I noticed about the growler was the construction. Made of 18/8 medical grade stainless steel, the growler was sturdy yet relatively light-weight – far lighter than a typical glass growler. Next I noticed the sturdy and convenient handle, perfect for easy pouring. Finally, the buckle seal on the mouth impressed me with how securely it held the lid closed. An added surprise was the lid lock that holds the lid open while either pouring or filling the growler. The handle, buckle closure and lid-lock are all new features over Miir’s previous product that they call the Heritage growler.

In comparison to more traditional growlers – of which I own many – the new Miir Growler has several advantages.

Wide Mouth

Anyone who has poured beer from a growler without a handle knows how awkward that can be. The mouth on most growlers is narrow causing beer to “chug” when it pours making it hard to pour beer without spills. The Miir growler has a two-inch opening that minimizes the chugging effect.

Large Handle

The typical glass growler has a tiny loop for a handle that usually can only accommodate a finger or two – that is, if it even has a handle, many do not. The Miir growler has a long, comfortable handle similar to what you would find on a pitcher. The handle makes it much easier to transport the growler and provides greater control when pouring to avoid spillage.

Buckle Closure 

Most growler have either a screw on lid or a swing-top – a looped wire that holds the lid in place – these types of closures can get lost in the case of the lid or bent in the case of the swing-top. In addition, the seal made by either of these types of closures can weaken over time allowing for carbonation to be lost or air to get in to the growler. In either case, the beer in the growler can easily be ruined. The Miir growler has a very solid buckle that hooks on to the lid and snaps in place for a tight air and leak-tight seal.

Lock Back Lid

Filling a growler with an attached lid can be a hassle. Often the lid gets in the way and the bartender has to hold it back. The Miir growler has a lid the swings back and then locks preventing it from swinging forward until intentionally moved.

In addition to these features, the Miir growler employs a double-walled vacuum insulation technology called Thermo 3D. This breakthrough insulation keeps cold liquids cold for more than 24 hours without refrigeration and hot liquids hot for 12 hours.

To test the growler, I filled it with ice water and left it sitting on my kitchen counter for a full 24 hours. When I returned, the growler had not sweat on the counter. As I picked it up I could hear that it still had ice in it. Before I opened it, I gave it a good shaking to see if it would leak. Not a drop came from the seal. When I finally did open the growler, the water inside was still ice cold after 24 hours.

Miir uses a crowd-funding model that helps determine the products to be produced. Prototypes are placed on Miir Labs, the company’s crowd-funding platform where they are discounted 25% for a limited time. If the product meets its pre-determined funding goal, it is manufactured and delivered to investors before going to retail.

Miir also guarantees a portion of every purchase is given to clean water and health initiatives worldwide. Customers can track the impact of their purchase via a “Give Code” included with each purchase. In the case of the growler, 5% of each sale goes to Splash in Kolkata, India. This initiative ensures clean water, clean hands and clean toilets for students in 10 schools.

The Miir growler holds 64 ounces (1/2 gallon) of fluid, is available in four colors (black, white, blue and stainless steel) and retails for $59 and can be purchased at: https://www.miir.com/collections/growlers.

Disclaimer: I received a growler from Miir to evaluate. I was under no obligation to write this review nor will I make a commission off any sales generated by the above link.

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Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Beer, Products

 

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Growler wars end in Florida, 64-ounce growlers legal beginning July 1

beertogoIn case you were wondering what that odd cheering noise was a few weeks ago, it was the collective voices of Florida craft beer lovers and producers shouting in joy that Governor Rick Scott signed the bill that made half-gallon growlers legal in the state. That’s right, until just recently, craft beer could not legally purchase craft beer growlers in sizes other than one-quart or one-gallon sizes. A fact that pegged the state as one of only two that prohibited the half-gallon growler (Utah is the other one). But, after several years of legal wrangling, mega-beer producer back-stabbing and good ol’ boy favoritism, craft beer lobbying prevailed and the containers will become legal July 1, 2015.

To commemorate the ruling and the states newly-found sensibility, breweries are staging special events and offers. One of the most interesting is the offer Ben Davis — a crusader in the growler wars and owner of Intuition Ale Works in Jacksonville, Fla. — has proposed a sort of trade-in. For each one-gallon growler turned in at the brewery’s tap room July 1–4, a shiny new half-gallon growler will be provided along with a complimentary fill of one of Intuition’s core brands. Davis is so adamant about ridding the world of Intuition gallon growlers, that he has come up with a rather interesting way to dispose of them. Check out the video below for the details.

Free the Growler! from Ben Davis on Vimeo.

Just around the corner from Intuition at Bold City Brewing Company, a special Imperial cask ale will be tapped on Thursday, July 2. And on Friday, July 3 the tap room will open at noon with tappings of  Barrel-Aged Super Secret Stout and Barrel-Aged Chinook IPA that will be available for 64-ounce growler fills. But, the tap room will be closed on Independence Day, so get your fills before then.

Out at Jacksonville Beach, patrons of Gren Room Brewing Company can celebrate the new 64-ounce growler freedom with a new beer and half-price half-gallon growler fills. The new brew is called Citrus Paradisi Pale Ale and is an American pale ale dry hopped with Amarillo hops and aged on fresh Florida grapefruit. To grab a half-gallon of this new beer just buy a new Green Room 64-ounce growler for $6 and get a fill for just $5.

Statewide, ,any tap rooms will stop at 6:40 p.m. to toast the passage of the 64-ounce growler law. Be sure to stop in to your favorite whether it be Funky Buddha in South Florida, Cigar City in Tampa, Grayton Beer Company in Santa Rosa Beach or any of the many other great breweries around the state to toast the new growler freedom.

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2015 in Beer News

 

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Florida lawmakers file bills to change growler laws, optimistic change will happen in 2015

9INV_BEER_BATTLEThe push to get Florida’s archaic and restrictive craft beer growler laws are heating up again. Two representatives, Sen. Jack Latvala of Clearwater and Rep. Chris Sprowls of Palm Harbor – both Republicans — filed bills earlier this week that would allow Florida breweries to sell their beer in 64-ounce, refillable bottles known as growlers. Florida is one of only two states in the nation that prohibit half-gallon containers for to-go beer. Utah is the other state.

At an event held at Dunedin Brewery near Tampa, Latvala said, “It’s nothing new or revolutionary, we’re just announcing we’re going to file the same bill we’ve filed the last two years.”

Last year, a bill to allow 64-ounce growlers, but loaded with other damaging attachments, failed to get voted on before the end of the congressional session effectively killing it.

In addition to the bills filed by Latvala and Sprowls, a Stuart, Fla. bar-owner filed a lawsuit against the state citing that the ban on half-gallon growlers is arbitrary because it serves no public interest, like it would if it curtailed drunk driving. The suit goes on to allege the ban creates an unfair competitive advantage for larger beer brewers because they can afford to package beer in six-packs and other multiples.

“In a state that depends on tourism, being out of the step with the rest of the country costs craft beer businesses money,” the suit said. “The law is irrational.”

Standing in the way of the bill for the past few years has been the powerful lobbying reach of big brewers and distributors who have tied the growler issue to others such as Florida’s three-tier system and allowing breweries to operate on-site tasting rooms.

But, big beer distributers may be loosening up in their opposition of small breweries selling the national standard, half-gallon growlers. Just a few weeks ago, Mitch Rubin, executive director of the Florida Beer Wholesalers Association, said the group would not stand in the way of “stand-alone product.” This reversal of position could mean that Florida’s Anheuser-Busch beer distributors would agree to a “clean” growler bill without added attachments.

At the Dunedin event, Latvala summed up, “I don’t think there’s a reason in the world why Florida should be one of only two states in this entire country that doesn’t allow 64-ounce growlers.”

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Posted by on December 19, 2014 in Beer News

 

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Florida’s growler battles make it to CBS This Morning

9INV_BEER_BATTLEThere is a fight going on in the hallowed halls of the Florida legislature. And, like many fights, this one is fueled by beer. But, not in the manner of two drunken bar patrons slugging it out over a spilled beer or the attentions of a lovely lady, this brawl is over growlers — jugs filled from beer taps for patrons to take off-premises for consumption.

Currently, Florida law allows breweries to fill growlers with their own beer in only one-quart or one-gallon sizes. The problem is that the national standard for growler size is one half-gallon. Indeed, Florida is the only state in the union that completely bans half-gallon growlers.

The fight has raged for years and breweries throughout the state are not shy about talking about their disdain for the current state of the law. In Jacksonville, Ben Davis of Intuition Ale Works is particularly vocal on the subject and has even gone so far as to hire a lobbiest to bring the brawl to the capitol’s steps.

Today, the fight went national on the CBS This Morning television program. Read the full story of a bar owner,Guy Piasecki  bucking the system by lawyering up to get the law changed here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/florida-bartender-fighting-growler-craft-beer-jug-ban/.

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Posted by on November 24, 2014 in Beer News

 

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Growler culture expands locally; Simple rules to enjoy draft beer at home

Beer_growlerGrowlers are a touchy subject here in Florida. We are banned from filling half-gallon growlers but are allowed to purchase two one-quart or even gallon growlers. And, until recently, it was impossible – or at least very difficult – to get a growler filled at a liquor or package store.

But, those are all regulatory issues that are either being attacked by the brewers and beer-lovers of the state or have already been rectified. The charge on growler size is being spear-headed by Jacksonville’s Ben Davis of Intuition Ale Works. And the ABC store at the corner of San Jose and Sunbeam is now offering 12 draft beers for fills of quart-sized growlers.

Growler culture is an odd thing. People love the convenience of being able to take home a freshly poured bottle of beer, but do not seem to know how long it will keep after they get it home. Another disturbing behavior regarding growlers is the state in which they are returned to tap rooms and fill stations. They should be clean, but often are a smelly, residue-laden mess.

For the uninitiated, beer is an extremely finicky liquid. Exposure to air and light can cause great damage to it ranging from slightly off flavors to absolute skunkiness. Likewise for heat, while the damage may be less severe when a cold beer is allowed to warm to room temperature than allowing a beer to sit in a car baking under the Florida sun for several hours, there is going to be some degradation. Also, beer is easily infected by bacteria that, you guessed it, can lead to a good beer going bad.

So, how should you treat your growler full of delicious, freshly-tapped beer? Well, with great care, of course! And by that we mean follow these simple rules:

  • After filling, go home and put your growler in the refrigerator or carry a cooler with ice in it to keep it cold.
  • Consume the beer within two weeks.
  • Once you open the growler, your beer will quickly go flat, so finish it within two or three days.
  • Once empty, immediately rinse well with hot water and air dry.
  • Never use soap or put in the dishwasher – this will affect the beer’s head.
  • Insist the filler use a new cap every time you get your growler filled.

Please note the third item on the above list. Bringing a dirty growler back to a fill station could result in them filling your unclean (and probably infected) growler with beer without rinsing it. This can only lead to trouble when good beer comes in contact with the remains of your last fill. It is a simple matter to rinse the growler after it is empty, just do it! You will thank me later.

For an interesting, and somewhat humorous discussion about the subject of dirty growlers, read the story linked below from the Bangor Daily News in Maine.

Growler care is simple and more people should do it.

If you love craft beer, want to try more of it or share it with friends, the growler can be a real convenience. Just swing by any of the local breweries or ABC on San Jose and choose a beer you would like to try. But, be sure to follow the simple rules above and you are sure to enjoy the taste of fresh draft beer at home.

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2013 in Beer Education, Beer News

 

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