Update: September 2, 2015, 4:05 p.m.:
Containers and Fills for crowlers — which will only be available through Saturday, September 5 — and growlers are 20 percent off Wednesday through Sunday, September 6 in advance of Labor Day.
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While always on the quest of finding next level ways to drink better beer, Rob Martindale, owner of Big Hops Growler Station
, decided to add aluminum Crowlers
to his operation this past May.
The systems were purchased through Oskar Blues Brewery, turned into at least $5,000-plus investment for Martindale who purchased these can-meets-growler sealing apparatus along with labeling and a healthy number of cans.
Unfortunately, TABC, our faithful alcohol watchdog, got wind of the 32-ounce Crowlers and has put a hamper on the sale of said vessels. Big Hops was the first operation to sell the bigass cans with your choice of brew in San Antonio. Because language in bar laws don't explicitly condone the use of Crowlers, they're essentially not allowed unless they're used by a brewery or brewpub. The process is considered manufacturing. Eyeroll, TABC. HUGE eyeroll.
"They're not addressed in Texas or in the alcohol license," Martindale said."But the federal government does agree crowlers are defined as a vessel."
The only way to change the language in the TABC permits is to wait until the next legislative session and make sure Crowlers are explicitly defined as a vessel, much like growlers.
Martindale and co. will turn lemons into lemonade as they try to liquidate their stock of cans through September 5. Buy a Crowler for $1.50, and have it filled with your choice of beer at all three locations. Or purchase a "Summer Loud Pack" for $18 which includes the Crowler, a pair of beer-opener sunglasses and beer (ranging from $7-$12).