Growler Origins and June Cider Samplings


Well, the cider gnomes have been busy, and we’ve shipped out more than 150 cases (and 30 kegs too; those lucky New Yorkers!) this week, mostly of the delicious Summer Cider.

We’re starting our weekend early as always with Thirsty Thursday here at Poverty Lane, with growler refills from noon to 6 PM. Not sure what exactly is on tap in the cider room, (get it?) but it is bound to be fresh and yummy. Here’s some information on growlers that I got from Bellport Beer on Long Island. They fill growlers with craft beer regularly (not Farnum Hill Ciders yet, but we’re hoping).

Why the heck is it called a growler? There are a few different stories. Here are a couple of them.

In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s fresh beer was carried from the local pub to your home by means of a pail. The rumor mill has it that when the beer sloshed around the pail , it created a rumbling sound as the CO2 escaped through the lid. The term “growler” was coined.

Here is another….there is a story that suggests that growlers are named for the buckets of beer once given to factory workers before their stomachs began to “growl” from hunger.

And still another… is said that the beer, on the way home from the pub, would spill out of the bucket, and that would make the menfolk angry. Hence the growling….

So if you are a regular “growlie” make sure to come on by tomorrow for your cider fill — and if you’d like to join the club, come on by!

Other opportunities to sample Farnum Hill Ciders are coming this weekend — at the Hanover and Lebanon Consumer CoOps, Thursday June 3, from 3:30 – 5:30 PM, at the Durham Marketplace for Friday cocktails, 4:30 – 6:30 PM and at the Shaker Country Life Festival in Enfield this Saturday at the civilized afternoon hours of 1:30 – 3:30. And be sure to check our calendar for more information or additional details.

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