Portland Growler Company’s Ceramic Growler –
a Work of Craft Beer Art

Portland Growler Company's Ceramic Growler

By C. Baker

There’s a rumor going around about a new(ish) Growler that has been spotted roaming the streets of Northeast Portland. My friend, Mark confirmed the gossip, reporting a sighting at Breakside Brewery’s NE Dekum location on Sunday. A few clicks of the mouse this morning led me to the company that spits out what I would say are fine pieces of art. They refer to themselves as the Portland Growler Company (PGC). According to their website they began in the summer of 2010. The company consists of designers and ceramicists who collectively work together to create locally made, beautiful clay based-growlers. The PGC growler, which brings to mind the Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey jug, comes in several styles and colors. One design, called The Sprocket even pays homage to our vibrant cycling community by sporting a handle that looks like, well, a sprocket!

Portland Growler Company

In addition to their standard 64 ounce growler, they also carry the 32 ounce Growlette. Overall, I love what I see and  completely appreciate the home-made aspect. The price point isn’t bad either; similar to the nicer growlers you’ll find on the market today. One important question Mark did bring up: “Would it break if I dropped it?” He answered: “When have I ever dropped a growler.”


Posted under beer tools, Oregon beer

This post was written by C Baker on February 7, 2013

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12 Comments so far

  1. Alex February 7, 2013 1:11 pm

    I agree… definitely a work of art. But not practical and I’d never buy one. Why would I want something that’s heavier than glass, you can’t see through, and still breakable? I’ll stick with my glass and stainless steel growlers.

  2. Jim F February 8, 2013 7:56 am

    I’ve been seeing those around for the past year. They are damn fine works of art (but don’t make my beer taste any better than my cheapo glass growlers).

  3. brett binford February 8, 2013 1:44 pm

    i love my growler! the thick ceramic keeps my beer colder way longer than those chinese made glass growlers and thin metal ones, i think those are even made over seas now too!

  4. reebs February 8, 2013 1:48 pm

    These are awesome… they would def keep beer colder for longer, and if you dropped it it would less likely break (i would think)… besides, they look AWESOME

  5. spurge February 8, 2013 6:17 pm

    Got one of these for my B’Day. Lovely look to it, but I’m scared to use it! Straight to the trophy room.

  6. Tamara February 8, 2013 7:26 pm

    Love my Portland Growler!!!!! It does get used occasionally (I have to travel about 70 miles for a fill up). Sits prominently in the kitchen to be envied and admired by all who visit. Screw glass. Ceramic stays colder.

  7. Bev February 8, 2013 8:13 pm

    I have both sizes! The smaller for a light night, and the large one for serious good times, They absolutely keep my beer colder than the common glass ones. We live in the Northwest home of the Craft Beer for Pete’s sake! How can you drink an awesome ale in cheap glass? After all Cheap is as Cheap does! Indulge!

  8. Buz Lit Yar February 9, 2013 8:43 am

    Well Alex you cant see thru stainless either, at least I can’t.
    These are much cooler than stainless

  9. Tony Russo February 11, 2013 7:33 pm

    Why would you Want to drink a fine beer from a cheap Chinese glass when your beer stays nice and cold in these Dank Custom Growlers??? SMH!

  10. Topher Ryan February 15, 2013 5:38 pm

    I love my ceramic growler. Not only does it keep my brew cool, but I get instant rock star status when I show up to bar with mine. Plus I love to support small growing business like PGC!

  11. spikeselby February 16, 2013 1:00 pm

    I bought my husband a PGC for our anniversary last summer, and we took it on our Bend Beer Trip. We brought home a growler of beer from Crux, and didn’t drink it for 3 days. The beer was PERFECT – fresh, crisp, cold. That would never happen in a glass growler. We love it, and yeah, love the rock star attention it brings!

  12. specialrider April 11, 2013 9:34 am

    Very nice growler but the handle on mine broke(way to easily)…sucks considering the price and was only able to use it once :(

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