Join us for a special National Bottle Museum Growler History Tour, family fun, apple cider for the kids, food, live music, raffle, silent aucions, and live flameworking demonstrations!
Craft Beer Tastings featuring Argyle Brewing Company & Artisanal Brew Works
What is Rush the Growler?
Rush the Growler is a fundraising event for the National Bottle Museum®, a non-profit educational institution dedicated to preserving the history of the nation’s first major industry: bottle making.
Tell Me More About The National Bottle Museum®.
The National Bottle Museum® was created to preserve, research, and exhibit bottles and objects related to bottle making. Visitors receive guided tours of the exhibits, have access to an extensive research library, and are offered an opportunity to view videos on the use of hand tools on display, general glass making techniques, and ways to locate old bottles. The Museum also houses the JRM Artists’ Space, an art gallery for artists of varied mediums to showcase and promote their art. Live flameworking demonstrations can also be enjoyed at the Museum’s nearby Glassworks Studio. The National Bottle Museum offers educational presentations, on and off site, to historical societies, social groups, schools, colleges, service organizations, and others. All these services are provided at no cost to the public.
What is a Growler?
A growler is an air tight container, typically a jug made out of glass, ceramic, or stainless steel, that is used to transport alcohol from one place to another to keep the quality fresh. When the term “growler” arose is a subject of debate. Originating in the latter half of the 1800’s, some say the word came from the sound the metal pail’s cover made due to escaping carbon dioxide. Others say that the term arose from the customer and the bartender arguing about the amount of alcohol poured into the vessel. Whichever party was dissatisfied at the end of the discussion would “growl” about the issue.
The term “rush the growler” meant to go get alcohol. After a long day in the coal mines, workers would head to the local watering hole and use their metal lunch pail to bring home beer. Growlers were outlawed for a period of time because people would send their children scurrying down to the bar an empty growler in hand to get it filled.
Tell Me More About the Event.
Enjoy a special National Bottle Museum Growler History Tour, family fun, apple cider for the kids, food, live music, and live flameworking demonstrations at Glassworks Studio! We will proudly host craft beer tastings for those over 21 featuring brews from Artisanal Brew Works and Argyle Brewing Co. Raffle/silent auction items will be available throughout the evening as well as special commemorative glass creations made by Glassworks Studio artists. Tickets for this event are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, with a Designated Driver/Adult Visitor suggested donation of $10. All proceeds will benefit the National Bottle Museum in it’s mission to continue to provide historical and educational services to the public and community groups.