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Beer run: Canteen Brewhouse now sells Crowlers – for those who want to take it home

Growlers are a nice, convenient way to take home your favorite craft beers from area breweries.

But if you forget your growler at home or are headed to a place where glass containers are not welcome, there lies the conundrum. Canteen Brewhouse has come up with a solution, and is now offering up an alternative to growlers with 32-ounce Crowlers.

Canteen Brewhouse, formerly Il Vicino Brewing Company, recently began filling up 32-ounce cans with your favorite beer to go. Canning might not seem like a new concept but the process takes place right before your eyes.

It’s simple: Choose one of Canteen Brewhouse’s six staple beers or one of its eight seasonals and a Canteen Brewhouse staffer will pour it from the tap and seal it fresh in a 32-ounce can called a Crowler.

The process takes about a minute or two and you can watch as your favorite craft beer is sealed up in a convenient, ready-to-pop-the-top, hefty aluminum can.

“Lots of breweries have one or two styles in cans,” general manager Ror McKeown said. “Here we have 14 styles.”

Crowlers range in price from $5.50 to $6.50 for Canteen Brewhouse staple beers and a slighter higher premium price for reserve, barrel-aged beers that take several months to create.

“We got a good response right away,” McKeown said. “People seem to like it. We’ve been selling 30 to 40 Crowlers during the week and 70 to 100 on weekends.”

Canteen Brewhouse still offers growlers but is selling the Crowler option as a convenient alternative.

“They don’t have to think ahead and people love that they can take it camping or fishing,” McKeown said.

Canteen Brewhouse is looking into creating a small cannery, and soon will be selling its canned craft beer in specialty liquor stores, according to McKeown. The brewery also is in the process of undergoing an expansion that will increase craft beer production as well as bolster food offerings. Currently, the brewery offers sandwiches, salads, wraps and a Brewer’s Board, which includes artisan meats and cheeses.