It can be emitted by your stomach, your dog or your angry in-law, but the best form of the low rumble is the growler, beer drinkers’ response to the doggy bag. Portland Growler Co. knows their way around these 32- and 64-ounce jugs o’ joy better than just about anybody. The (you guessed it) Portland company proudly designs a range of growlers, which are then slip cast, trimmed and made to order by Mudshark Studios (also of Portland, of course). It’s the American Northwest, so we’re unsurprised — but pleased — that they use locally sourced clay and create their growlers in made-to-order small batches.
Their heavy-duty 64 ouncers can be had with a sprocket, loop or “grigri” (stylishly rounded) handle, and smaller “Growlettes” have all the same options plus one free of a handle entirely (as in the photo above); gloss white, satin gray and matte black glazes make these portable parties handsome as well as handy. Oh, and both growlers and lids can be customized with a bar, brewery or pub logo. We’ll just be faithfully waiting for our Gear Patrol embossed beauties, dreaming of guzzling microbrews without a care in the world. Expect us to be grumpy until we get them.