Beer to go is nothing new in Colorado: Most breweries sell glass, plastic or stainless steel vessels, known as growlers, that they fill right from their tap lines. But some of those containers have developed a reputation for being too big, unwieldy or worse -- for letting their contents go flat after only a day or two.
Oskar Blues The table-top Crowler machine at the Tasty Weasel.
At Oskar Blues -- a company whose name has become synonymous with aluminum since it canned the first craft beer in 2004 -- those materials aren't going to cut it, anyway. That's why the Longmont brewery spent two years creating a prototype for a machine that could seal a growler-sized can right at the bar and send it home with happy customers.More »