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Gritty McDuff's announces launch of Gritty's growlers in its three Maine brew pubs
Gritty McDuff's announces launch of Gritty's growlers in its three Maine brew pubs

Portland, ME - Gritty McDuff’s announced today that it is selling Gritty’s Growlers, refillable containers of draft beer available for carryout, at its three brew pubs in Portland, Auburn and Freeport. 

“We’re thrilled to be selling Gritty’s Growlers,” said co-owner and master brewer Ed Stebbins.  “We’ve been getting requests for some time from customers about having fresh-from-the-tap beer available to them at home; and now we can offer it to them.”

Growlers are a longstanding brewing tradition. In the late 1800's and early 1900's, fresh beer was carried home from the local pub in a small galvanized pail. Rumor has it that when the beer sloshed around the pail, it created a rumbling sound as the CO2 escaped through the lid, thus the term "growler" was coined.  Today, the pail has been replaced with a 64 ounce glass jug. The glass jugs are more convenient than pails and environmentally friendly. “Customers can re-use the Gritty's Growlers endlessly – the ultimate in recycling!” said Stebbins.  

Gritty's Growlers will be available at all three Maine pubs and cost $15.99 for the reusable jug and 64 oz. of fresh Gritty’s beer. Customers can then bring in their empty growler to any of the pubs and pay $11.99 to have it refilled.  Gritty’s Growlers can be refilled with any beer on tap at any Gritty’s location.

“One advantage of the Gritty’s Growler is that customers are able to try the variety of beers that Gritty’s has to offer,” noted Stebbins.  “After they drink the beer from their first growler, the customer can bring in the empty Gritty’s Growler to any of our pubs to get any Gritty’s ale that’s available on tap.

About Gritty McDuff’s Brewing Company
Since its founding in 1988, Gritty McDuff’s, Maine’s first brew pub since Prohibition, has brewed creative, quality beers that have earned awards ranging from repeat First Place wins at the annual Real Ale Festival in Chicago, to a silver medal at the prestigious Great British Beer Festival for Gritty’s cask-conditioned version of the brewer’s 21 IPA.  Gritty’s has earned numerous accolades from a wide variety of beer blogs and industry press outlets, as well, including Every Day with Rachael Ray,, DRAFT magazine, Cosmopolitan, Imbibe and Santé.

In addition to brewing, Gritty McDuff’s operates three popular brew pubs in Maine. Located in Portland, Freeport, and Lewiston/Auburn, the pubs draw crowds of all ages and have frequently won in statewide polls the titles of "Maine's Best Brew Pub," "Best Maine Microbrew," and "Best Bar."  Known for their four seasonal ales and five year-round ales, tempting pub fare and welcoming atmosphere, Gritty’s pubs have been named an Editor’s Pick by Condé Nast Traveler, highlighted as “a legend among New England brewpubs” by The Boston Globe, and cited by as one of the best bars in America.

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