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Uncommon Knowledge: Where does the growler get its strange name?

The growler’s bizarre name dates back to the pre-Prohibition era, when factory workers often drank beer during their lunch breaks. Local children were paid a nickel to dash over to the neighborhood tavern to fill the workers’ pails with beer. These metal pails were named after the growling stomachs of the waiting customers.

Stoneware Growler, $65

Written by Stephanie

Stephanie is a vagabond copywriter and design critic who has contributed work to some top-notch institutions, retailers, and publications, most recently The New York Times, MoMA, New York Magazine, the New Museum, and UncommonGoods—of course! When not pun-slinging and agonizing over picayune grammatical quandaries, she can be found sipping bourbon in Brooklyn with her husband and trying (unsuccessfully) to walk her very stubborn bagle hound, Ginger.

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