Growler & Brewing News

April 24, 2017

New Wedding Party Growler Packages: The Photoshoot

Getting ready to launch our new Wedding Party Growler Packages required lots of thought: spreadsheets and data analysis; countless meetings (sometimes over beers) to brainstorm and a few web development setbacks. The photoshoot was the best part of the process. It was then, that we saw all of our thought and effort come to life. Here's a little peek behind the scenes.

December 05, 2016

Portland Growler Giving Event December 10

Sample tasters from Sixpoint Brewing, have a tour of the studio where our growlers are made and get special pricing on growler fills of Sixpoint's Bengali IPA, with the purchase of any growler. Eutectic is the only location in Portland that has our entire growler and accessory collection on hand. 

November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving BYOB: Turkey and Beer Pairings

Ready to revolutionize the BYO, but looking for a creative clue or two about what to fill your PGC growler with this holiday season?

We’ve surveyed friends, employees and our Instagram followers asking them to recommend a few of their favorite pairings that will seal your title as this year's Beverage Virtuoso.

November 14, 2016

Goshen Brewing Company: PGC Brewery Spotlight

Goshen Brewing Company - PGC Brewery Spotlight

Goshen came on our radar when Justin Rothshank collaborated with PGC to create branded growlers for his hometown brewery in Goshen, Indiana

What makes Goshen Brewing Company special isn’t simply its foundation of friendship, community building and craftsmanship, but a dedication to the larger global community through sustainable practices in brewing.

November 04, 2016

Mitchell Spain Flasks: Exclusively Designed For PGC

Mitchell Spain Ceramic Gulf, Flit and Esso Flasks

If you're not a ceramics person, the complexity of creating a functional threaded top may be lost on you, but as Mitchell explains in an excerpt from his interview in Ceramics Technical, his flasks are quite an innovation and we're honored to have exclusivity on the three designs you see on our site: Esso, Sinclair and Gulf inspired porcelain flasks.

Read on to learn more about the artist's simultaneously classic and innovative design and processes.

October 02, 2016

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: The Community Cure

 

Jenny Bates: Portland Growler Company Contributor

In my January blog post, I mentioned that watching numerous loved ones suffer through this devastating disease inspired us to join two of our favorite things: supporting a cause we believe in and growlers that remind us why and for whom we do. 

One of those remarkable ladies includes my friend, Jenny Bates, a talented writer and all-around wonderful person, who recently joined the PGC team as a copywriter and blogger. 

Jenny graciously accepted my invitation to share her experience in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. What follows is Jenny's account of how she discovered joy and experienced community in the midst of her "cancer disaster".

October 02, 2016

October Breast Cancer Awareness Giveaway: Rules and Prizes

We’ve partnered with three outstanding breweries and our favorite beer-loving pups from Instagram to support NBCF through live and online raffles.

PGC kicked off 2016 determined to make an impact by supporting breast cancer awareness. In honor of Nation Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we're excited to say that now through the end of the year, when you buy a Pink Loop growler or  pink ribbon growler lid, PGC will donate 20% of those sales to National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Read on for all the details on how you can help out, and perhaps even win growlers, gift cards and other sweet swag from our partners.

September 07, 2016

Artist Collaboration: Justin Rothshank

Justin Rothshank's Ceramic Poppy Growlers - a collaboration with Portland Growler Company.

Beginning with the PGC ceramic growler you’ve come to love, we collaborated with Justin Rothshank to create a collection of three growlers, using his iconic poppy decals. The results are both beautiful and unexpected.

August 09, 2016

Artist Edition Ceramic Growlers: Mitchell Spain

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History buffs, artisans, and beer aficionados take note: This collection of retro oil company logo ceramic growlers tells a story worth raising a glass to. SinclairGulf, and Esso, all debuted around the dawn of the automobile, a technological leap that changed the way we thought about transportation. We hope these change the way you think about beer transportation.

July 11, 2016

Celebrating Life with Bigfoot Endurance

Bigfoot Endurance celebrates life by participating in running, biking, and triathlon races all over the globe and raising money for research to fight Parkinson's.

When I saw these growlers going through production in the studio, I just had to learn more about them! I connected with Evan Calvert via Instagram and asked him to share his story and the origin of the growlers. Here's what he had to say…

May 02, 2016

Explore the North

Nick Uthe of Boss Imagery, along with his friend and fellow photographer Sam Axness, gears up for a massive North American road trip and his kit includes a couple of ceramic growlers from Portland Growler Company.

A few months ago, Nick Uthe contacted me about an adventure he was planning for this spring and summer. His plan appealed to my insatiable case of wanderlust, so we hooked him up with a couple of growlers to take along on the trip. We're excited to see where he goes, and how our growlers fit into the mix, and we'll be sharing his updates via Facebook, Instagram and right here on the blog. Nick was kind enough to write up a guest post describing his inspiration for Explore the North. We hope you'll follow along and join the fun.

April 26, 2016

Who's That Lady?

Last weekend, my 13 year old niece asked me to send her photos of me at her age, and it sent me down the rabbit hole of old family albums. Not only did I find those images of my 13 year old self (Eek!), but I also discovered a ton of old photos of my mom, her mom and my fraternal grandmother, which gave me a great idea!

Let's pay homage to our Mom's by sharing old photos of that awesome lady. They can be photos of Mom as a child, or a with you as a child, or out on the town before you were even on the scene.

Hop over to our Twitter or Instagram pages and post a photo of your Mom…

April 20, 2016

Happy Mother's Day to All the Mom's Out There

Every time I make my way back "home" to Connecticut to visit my mom, it's like entering a museum of my childhood creations: finger paintings, my early attempts at pottery making from high school, silly cards scribbled in barely legible crayon, all the way up to the more polished works of art I made in college.

Mom reminds me how much she's loved every gift I've ever made her, despite the (lack of) quality. These days, she still loves the handmade gifts- thankfully my ability has improved over the years- but what she loves the most is spending time together. 

March 28, 2016

Meet Homage Brewing of Pomona, CA

We love working been making custom growlers for Homage brewing in Pomona, California for a few months now. We love their style, and learned they are on the cusp of opening a new tasting room (look for it in Pomona, CA in late April 2016), so we caught up with Matt and Lauren to learn more about Homage, and their plans.

March 23, 2016

Bent Shovel Brewing

Sometimes you feel like leaving the city behind, in favor of exploring the country-side, in search of a fresh, lesser known Oregon craft beer. That was us last Saturday, so we decided to check out Bent Shovel Brewing, on the outskirts of Oregon City.

March 12, 2016

Celebrating St. Paddy's Day at Market Street Pub - Denton, MD

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, we chatted with Michelle Tyler of Irish themed Market Street Pub, in Denton, Maryland. Michelle is married to pub owner Brian Tyler, but she's also the pub's spokesperson and #1 fan. 

Like all Irish pub's, St. Patrick's Day is cause for a big celebration at Market Street, but  it's also their 8th anniversary of the day they opened their doors, back on March 17th, 2008- talk about a cause to celebrate! 

February 17, 2016

Sixpoint Pop Up at Lardo in Portland

Don't you just love it when a craft brewer you love from out of state teams up with an awesome host for a tap takeover? We sure do! Two of our favorites have joined forces for a week long pop up shop here in Portland: Sixpoint and Lardo. Talk about a perfect match.

February 03, 2016

Got a Growler As a Gift? 5 Helpful Tips and Uses to get you started

Some smart, generous friend,with impeccable taste got you Portland Growler Company growler as a gift over the holidays. Congrats! Here's a few tips and tricks to get the most out of your new ceramic growler.

Did you know ceramic is…

January 23, 2016

Growlers for a Good Cause: Selling Pink Growlers to Benefit National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. ®

After lots of research, brainstorming, and conversations amongst our team we realized that all of us were somehow connected to someone who has been affected by breast cancer, and I bet everyone who reads this probably has a friend or loved one fighting the same battle.

Taking a look at the statistics for 2015 was a bit sobering…

October 13, 2015

GrowlerFest 2015 East + West: October 24th in Portland

Experience the handcrafted quality of art and craft beer from both coasts, as we celebrate the growler as a functional art form. Portland Growler CompanyEutectic Gallery,Lardo,Culmination BrewingSixpoint Brewing (Brooklyn, NY), and Project Art (Cummington, Massachusetts) have come together to help you think about growlers in a whole new way!

July 07, 2015

Meet Barley the Brew Pup

This one-and-a-half year old husky/corgi mix is a big fan of craft beer. Barley, adopted by San Franciscans Kristl Caron and Chris McGinnis about a year ago, started out modeling with his family’s home brews. But since discovering his talent in front of the camera, Barley now dons his shades, a muscle shirt, and his new favorite commercial bottle—Wolf Creek, Prairie Ales, Cool Beer Werks, to name a few—for the Instagram account @barleythebrewpup. His brew adventures have earned him 13,400-plus followers and growing.

April 29, 2015

Monogrammed Leashes from Walnut Studiolo

Portland is a city full of talented makers, and we're lucky enough to collaborate with some of the best! If you've got one of our leather Leashes, you're familiar with the handy work of our friends at Walnut Studiolo. Founder/Designer/Craftsman Geoff Franklin is a very hands-on sort of guy. He personally selects each cowhide (vegetable-tanned leather from an American tannery using hydes from USDA beef cattle) before cutting, dying, stitching and fastening each product Walnut makes. He also offers the personal touch of custom monogramming for select products.

April 16, 2015

April Growlers with Growlers

It's time for April's installment of Growlers with Growlers, or dogs with beer as the case may be! These furry beer lovers came to us by way of Dogs on Tap blog, so a big thanks to Bethany for sharing. Please send us your dogs with beer photos or post them on Instagram and tag @portlandgrowlerco or @dogsontap. Enjoy!

 

April 10, 2015

Bowigens Beer Company

Orlando has a new brewery and its' name is Bowigens.

I tried four of their beers: Lost Anchor IPA, Green 18, 7 Layer Stout and Toasted Almond Brown Ale. All  were tasty and worth revisiting, but I was especially impressed with their 7 Layer Stout. The description on their menu is dead on: "This beer doesn't know if it wants to be a Milk Stout, Oatmeal Stout or an English Stout and it doesn't have to... a full bodied session beer with loads of malt flavor." Bonus points for having Funky Buddha's Last Snow,which is thus far my favorite beer of 2015 (A visit to the South Florida based Funky Buddha is on my bucket list for sometime this spring).

April 01, 2015

Custom Growlers for Pedal Against PTSD

I'd like to introduce you to Kevin Campagna. He emailed us recently about having a batch of branded growlers made for his non-profit organization Pedal Against PTSD, and we were inspired by his story. Kevin is a combat veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and has battled with PTSD on and off since getting out of the Marines in 2004. He found that cycling was the best way for him to combat his symptoms and has since become a passionate cyclist. In 2013, he competed in the Tour Divide MTB race (the route follows the Great Divide trail 2,745 miles, from Canada to Mexico) to raise awareness of PTSD. Shortly after finishing, he founded Pedal Against PTSD to help empower veterans to overcome PTSD through the sport of cycling.

March 26, 2015

Wandering Growler Guy Visits Hourglass Brewing

Wandering Growler Guy, Lefty McKenzie, is on the brewery prowl again. This time he sends notes from he and cohort Ras McKenzie's recent visit to Hourglass Brewing in Longwood, Florida...

March 13, 2015

PGC Brewery Visit: Baerlic Brewing Company

 Living and working in Portland (aka Beervana) there are no shortage of incredible craft breweries here to discover and visit over and over again. We'll be visiting as many of our local craft brewers as we can and sharing our experiences with you here.  Last Tuesday PGC co-owner Paul and I met up at newish Baerlic Brewing Company in SE Portland to check out their tap room and taste their fine brews. Lucky for us it was an unusually quiet night, and Nikki was working behind the bar and more than ready and willing to talk shop with us. Baerlic- what does that mean exactly? Or as it's posed on their website: what the hell is a Baerlic? Well it's pronounced  bear-lick… like a bear licking the foam off a frosty mug. Etymologically, it’s an old-english adjective meaning “of barley.” As in there’s beer and then there’s Baerlic beer!  Who is behind Baerlic Brewing? Ben Parsons and Richard Hall are both owners and brewers here at Baerlic. They've known each other since their high school days back in Idaho and have been perfecting their home brew skills for nearly a decade. They started on a small scale in a basement, and won several home brewers awards in ameteur competitions all over the region before deciding to take their brewing to the next level by opening Baerlic late in 2014. Their Cavalier Classic Cream Ale and Primeval NW Brown Ale have been around since they got started.  The point of view at Baerlic is  "Our beer here is near and dear." It comes from a belief that we are all in this together and that our actions shape our world – by being honest, we are approachable; by being consistent, we are trusted; by being considerate, we can sleep at night; and by choosing to keep it simple, we are able to do this really well. Tell us a little about your setup. We brew on a ten barrel system, which yields about 20 kegs at a time.  What's on tap? We try to have about 10 beers on tap at all times, but sometimes...
March 05, 2015

Irish Soda Bread

While I am an Italian girl through and through, my step-family is Irish to the core and since I've moved to Portland, I've been lucky enough to share meals with them to celebrate the holiday. My Aunt Liz is very protective of the Flannery family recipes, but I thought it would be fun to share a little history on Irish Soda bread and tried and true recipes from other sources with you here. Irish Soda Bread Man, this stuff is seriously delicious. If you've never tried it, you are missing out! Like so many other aspects of the holiday, the origins and "authentic" soda-bread have been debated pretty seriously in certain circles. From what I've read, the true Irish soda bread was a food made by poor families and contained the most basic of ingredients: flour, bread soda, buttermilk and salt. The American version is a bit more decadent, with caraway seeds, sugar and raisins. It's sweet and crumbly, compared to the more dense and bread-like Irish version. My aunt loves the holiday so much, she actually makes two loaves of each every year. I also learned that it's tradition to bake a coin into the bread for good luck and cut a cross into the top of each loaf before baking, which was said to release any evil spirits. Martha Stewart offers up a tasty recipe for the American version while Epicurious has the tried and true traditional recipe. If you're in the gluten free boat, check out this wonderful GF recipe from A Food Centric Life (pictured above). Whichever style you prefer, it's a great complement to any St. Patty's Day meal- especially with a nice cold beer. Here's a video snippit from Martha for inspiration. May the luck of the Irish be with you!
March 04, 2015

Growlers with Growlers

PGC's own Pax, the Sheep-a-doodle and a newly branded growler for New Bohemia Brewing Co. Get it? Dogs growl and we make growlers. Growlers with Growlers! Obviously we're beer lovers here at PGC, but we have a serious soft spot for our four legged friends as well. What's better than a sunny day outdoors with an ice cold beer and the good company of a loyal pooch? At Mudshark, where our growlers are made, we have a pack of studio pups that come to work with their people from time to time. Our owners and employees bring their furry friends to the studio, and then I started seeing photos of them on Instagram and Facebook and it got me thinking, and searching to see who else was posting pics of their dogs and beer…so many! While I was searching the internets, I discovered Dogs on Tap and sought out Bethany, the mastermind behind the website, facebook and instagram pages. Dogs on Tap was launched in 2014 with a simple goal of providing entertainment and information to the dog owning, craft beer lover. Photosharing, beer recommendations, product reviews, and training tips, Dogs on Tap, is a one stop shop for everything craft beer and dogs. Bethany saw a void in the market; it appeared craft beer lovers and dog lovers were one in the same, but there was no outlet for such a thing. Well, now she's bridging that gap, and we're excited to play along. I think we're all familiar with this look. You know the one. That look you get when you get an entire flight of delicious beer from one of your favorite breweries. In this case Harpoon Brewery from New England. Why yes, this is my Arcadia Ales sampler.  Meet Azacca, named after one of the hops in Life. Death. Life. Truth by Orpheus Brewing.   Deep thoughts from a craft brew loving pooch: "I wonder if I stare hard enough will my human let me have some of this  beer. I'm 3 years old, and that makes me legal drinking age in dog years!"   Have a pooch and a love...
March 04, 2015

Makers Mark Bios: Theresa Arrison

At Portland Growler Company we partner with studios that care about nurturing their employees creative passions. Our ceramic production partner, Mudshark Studios exemplifies this sort of partnership. The creative endeavors, experience and contributions of each member of the team that produces our growlers can be seen in each and every growler they make. Take a look at the bottom of your growler to see the initials of that growler's maker; maker's marks are our way of helping you put a face with a name and show you what true handcrafted quality means to us. We recently visited with our team at Mudshark and we asked each artist the same questions about life, beer, and art and we'll be introducing you to them here. Meet Theresa Arrison. Theresa started mixing slip as an intern after graduate school, and now she runs the floor as Production Manager (no easy task!). While you won't find her initials at the bottom of your growler, know that without her organizational skills your growler might not make it through the production line! Name:Theresa Arrison Hometown:  Littleton, MA Education/Life Experience: I got my MFA in Applied Craft and Design at PNCA/OCAC’s joint program. Why do you like working in clay? I took my first clay class in college and did five times the amount of work that was required because I fell completely in love with it. What are your goals as an artist/maker? To find balance between my work at Mudshark and my own ceramics business, so that neither of them become overwhelming or unenjoyable. Work/art balance is really important to me. Creatively I make molds out of vintage housewares, cut them up and then make them into functional pieces. It's something I'd like to continue to explore. Coffee, tea or other?  I drink Chai Tea and this morning I somehow got coffee by accident. Favorite Spot to get a beer?  Mississippi Studios.  I like my beer with a little live music! If you could share a growler fill with anyone in the world (alive or dead) who would it be and why? My husband.  We have totally opposite schedules, so I never see the...
February 27, 2015

Wandering Beer Guy Goes to Gainesville

With so many amazing breweries all over the country, we've enlisted some help sampling them and sharing those experiences with you all. I'd like to introduce you to our Wanderling Growler Guy, Lefty McKenzie, and his band of beery men, our wayward aficionados chasing the best of beer all over the country, and beyond. Lefty recently ventured to Gainesville (aka Hogtown), Florida in search of his favorite southern stout, Swamp Head's Midnight Oil. The planets, unfortunately, were misaligned as the new brewery was not yet open (missed be mere days). Being a local to the bogs of central Florida, our resourceful friend had no trouble discovering another fine Gainesville brewery - First Magnitude.   First Magnitude had a great outdoor setup with lots of room to relax.  I grabbed a flight of their Siren Blonde, Drift English Mild, 72 Pale and The Tube ESB. I ultimately took home a growler of the Drift English Mild for its subtle malt and low ABV ( it was a school night after all). Have you tried brews from First Magnitude or Swamp Head? What was your favorite?    
February 22, 2015

If You Must Drink Beer from Bottles...

Here's a fun way to re-purpose bottles of all kinds.  These were just one of the cool upcycled/re-purposed landscaping features I saw at Los Arroyos Verdes, in Bucerias, Mexico. All you need is a drill with a glass bit, some wire and lots of empty bottles.   Cheers!
January 26, 2015

Ceramics Monthly Features Portland Growler Company

Thanks to Ceramics Monthly for the fun Q & A and resulting editorial they did on PGC this month. If you're not a frequent reader or the magazine you can read the article here and learn everything you ever wanted to know about making growlers from clay.   Originally published in January 2015 issue of Ceramics Monthly, pages 24-25. http://www.ceramicsmonthly.org . Copyright, The American Ceramic Society. Reprinted with permission.
December 17, 2014

PGC In the News

It's hard to believe that just four years ago we were poised to dive in to our first holiday season where we sold an unprecedented 300 growlers  in just a few short weeks. Since then, we've been the lucky recipients of some pretty great press and wonderful word of mouth referrals, and those hundreds of holiday growlers have become thousands! So a big thanks to you, our wonderful customers.Thanks for bringing our growlers into your homes and favorites breweries all over the world! We couldn't do this without you.   Another big thanks to the kind editors, blogs and publications who mentioned us this November and December!      Real Simple "50 Gifts Under 50"     The Atlantic Current "Holiday Gift Guide"     Bon Appetit "Holiday Gift Guide: All the Booze You Could Possibly Need"   Box Nine    The Portland Outsider "Best of Portland Awards" (PGC received an Honorable Mention in the "Drinks" Category)   Adventures in Cooking "Holiday Gifts: For the Portlander"   Lay Baby Lay "Gifts for the Fellas"      Coming soon, Ceramics Monthly! 
December 16, 2014

Makers Route x Range & Sea

Tools of the trade. On November 11, Makers Workshop set out on a week long road trip from the northern coast of California up to Portland, Oregon. They partnered with San Francisco based menswear brand, Welcome Stranger to celebrate the launch of their Fall|Winter 2014 apparel collection. The team at Welcome Stranger design and produce quality goods that are made to be worn and not treated as precious. Who better to help demonstrate that standard than a group of talented and hardworking makers?  We were flattered that Portland Growler Company was invited to be a stop on the Makers Tour and when they visited last month, Brett rocked his new Welcome Stranger oxford, while he gave the ladies the tour of PGC production at Mudshark Studios. We had a blast talking shop and getting dirty in the clay studio, and Brett loves the new shirt. In a few months, Makers Workshop will check back and get an update to see how Brett's new oxford has held up. We'll be sure to share the story here. In the meantime here are a few photos from our visit and you can read Lindsey's story about the visit here on Maker's Workshop. If you find yourself in San Francisco, stop by the Welcome Stranger flagship store (460 Gough Street) to see the display of photos, with one item used to make each item, details of their road trip, Makers Route x Range & Sea, and the stories of the makers involved.  Brett sheds some light on the age old question: what is slip?  So many growler molds. A "greenware" growler, trimmed, handle attached and ready to fire in the bisque kiln. The ladies from Makers Workshop. I couldn't resist photographing the photographers. Thanks to Lindsey from Makers Workshop for spending the day with us!
November 19, 2014

Maker's Marks Bios: Bryan Brown

At Portland Growler Company we partner with studios that care about nurturing their employees creative passions. Our ceramic production partner, Mudshark Studios exemplifies this sort of partnership. The creative endeavors, experience and contributions of each member of the team that produces our growlers can be seen in each and every growler they make. Take a look at the bottom of your growler to see the initials of that growler's maker; maker's marks are our way of helping you put a face with a name and show you what true handcrafted quality means to us. We recently visited with our team at Mudshark and we asked each artist the same questions about life, beer, and art and we'll be introducing you to them here. Meet Bryan Brown. Bryan glazes the growlers once they've been bisqued. While you won't find his initials on the bottom of your growler, chances are pretty good he was one of the talented folks responsible for glazing it.        Name: Bryan Brown Hometown: Salem, OR Education/Life Experience:   I took a lot of art classes in Community college and went to PSU for a little bit to study art. I’ve been into sculptural work lately and previously I worked in a dental lab making teeth.   How did you get started at Mudshark?   I started in August of 2012 and I actually grew up with Craig (one of PGC's owners). I had just moved to Portland and discovered Mudshark Studios. When I realized Craig was working here, I connected with him and he introduced me to Brett and Chris. Obviously, I got the job. What’s Your Favorite Beer or Beverage to Fill Your Growler I haven’t filled my growler much yet, but my favorite beer is Red Chair by Deschutes.   Why do you like working in clay? I’ve always liked making things and have been into art my whole life. I really enjoy getting my hands in stuff and creating. Clay is a good medium for that.   What are your goals as an artist/maker? That's a good question. I have been bouncing around between mediums. I’m not really...
October 30, 2014

Maker's Mark Bios- Chris Baskin CB

At Portland Growler Company we partner with studios that care about nurturing their employees creative passions. Our ceramic production partner, Mudshark Studios exemplifies this sort of partnership. The creative endeavors, experience and contributions of each member of the team that produces our growlers can be seen in each and every growler they make. Take a look at the bottom of your growler to see the initials of that growler's maker; maker's marks are our way of helping you put a face with a name and show you what true handcrafted quality means to us. We recently visited with our team at Mudshark and we asked each artist the same 12 questions about life, beer, and art and we'll be introducing you to them here.

Meet Chris Baskin. Chris used to trim the growlers but now he makes the plaster molds we use to cast the growlers.You've got one of his growlers if you see a 'CB' on the bottom. 

 

Name: Chris Baskin

Hometown: Born in Princeton, New Jersey, but grew up in Rome, Georgia.

October 15, 2014

Maker's Mark Bios: Jordan Morris

At Portland Growler Company we partner with studios that care about nurturing their employees creative passions. Our ceramic production partner, Mudshark Studios exemplifies this sort of partnership. The creative endeavors, experience and contributions of each member of the team that produces our growlers can be seen in each and every growler they make. Take a look at the bottom of your growler to see the initials of that growler's maker; maker's marks are our way of helping you put a face with a name and show you what true handcrafted quality means to us. We recently visited with our team at Mudshark and we asked each artist the same questions about life, beer, and art and we'll be introducing you to them here.

Meet Jordan Morris. Jordan is the master packer and shipper of all things growler. While you won't find his initials on the bottom of your growler, Jordan is the guy responsible for packing and shipping thousands of growlers every year. If you've received one of our growlers in the mail, it's more than likely this man was responsible for getting it to you safely.

 

 

Name: Jordan Morris

Hometown: Maple Valley, WA- glorious, glorious Maple Valley. (No, of course you haven’t heard of it.)

October 08, 2014

Maker's Mark Bios: AZ- Ariel Zimman

At Portland Growler Company we partner with studios that care about nurturing their employees creative passions. Our ceramic production partner, Mudshark Studios exemplifies this sort of partnership. The creative endeavors, experience and contributions of each member of the team that produces our growlers can be seen in each and every growler they make. Take a look at the bottom of your growler to see the initials of that growler's maker; maker's marks are our way of helping you put a face with a name and show you what true handcrafted quality means to us. We recently visited with our team at Mudshark and we asked each artist the same questions about life, beer, and art and we'll be introducing you to them here.

Meet Ariel Zimman. Ariel trims the growlers after they are removed from the plaster molds. You've got one of her growlers if you see an 'AZ' on the bottom. 

 

 

 

 

Name: Ariel Zimman

Hometown: Reston, VA

September 30, 2014

Dan King's Home Bar

It seems I hear about "man caves" a lot these days. Just about every guy I know wants or has one; that special place at home that is entirely his. Of course, how that space looks depends on the guy and his interests. Around here, a man cave looks an awful lot like a dusty clay studio (I've got one too and I'm not even a man), for others it's a movie screening room, or a place to pay homage to a favorite sports team. For others it's a bar. In this case Dan King's basement bar.

Earlier in the summer PGC teamed up with Jack Daniels Single Barrel to give away one of our growlers through their blog and Facebook pages. The criteria? "Post a comment describing something you've made that you're really proud of." While the contest used random selection to get to the winner, it turned out to be a pretty great story about what inspired Dan King to turn his basement into his very own bar. I'll let him tell you in his own words.

September 26, 2014

PGC in Maxim Magazine

We are just all kinds of excited to be featured in the October 2014 issue of Maxim Magazine's beer roundup. A big thanks to editor Jeff Foster for the review, and the big beautiful photo of our black Loop, front and center! If you haven't seen this month's issue, here are a few images for your viewing pleasure.
September 23, 2014

Maker's Marks Bios: Jason Starin, Alumni

At Portland Growler Company we partner with studios that care about nurturing their employees creative passions.

Our ceramic production partner, Mudshark Studios exemplifies this sort of partnership. 

The creative endeavors, experience and contributions of each member of the team that produces our growlers can be seen in each and every growler they make. Take a look at the bottom of your growler to see the initials of that growler's maker; maker's marks are our way of helping you put a face with a name and show you what true handcrafted quality means to us. 

We recently visited with our team at Mudshark and we asked each artist the same 12 questions about life, beer, and art and we'll be introducing you to them here.

Meet Jason Starin. Until spring 2014, Jason was one of our glazers. If you have one of our growlers made before this date, chances are good Jason was the man who applied that lovely glaze. He's moved on to Philadelphia, but his handy work in the glaze room lives on in infamy. 

Name: Jason Starin  

Hometown:  the suburbs of Detroit.

September 17, 2014

Maker's Mark Bios- JF Justin Lefor

At Portland Growler Company we partner with studios that care about nurturing their employees creative passions. Our ceramic production partner, Mudshark Studios exemplifies this sort of partnership. The creative endeavors, experience and contributions of each member of the team that produces our growlers can be seen in each and every growler they make. Take a look at the bottom of your growler to see the initials of that growler's maker; maker's marks are our way of helping you put a face with a name and show you what true handcrafted quality means to us. We recently visited with our team at Mudshark and we asked each artist the same questions about life, beer, and art and we'll be introducing you to them here.

Meet Justin Lefor. Justin mixes the slip that is poured into the plaster moulds to make the growlers. While you won't find his initials on the bottom of your growler, Justin mixes most of the slip we use to cast the growlers. He controls the length of time each growler is cast and therefore is responsible for the thickness of the walls on each oneCo-owner Brett Binford reflects on how Justin came to work for the company:

"When I first met with Justin, he was fresh out of PNCA. We had a meeting to see if he'd be a good fit for the company, and he was the first person who ever called ME (points at self and laughs) 'sir'. As in,' yes sir, I can do casting sir.'"

 

Name: Justin Lefor

Hometown: Burns, Oregon

September 08, 2014

Maker's Mark Bios: Michael Griffin

At Portland Growler Company we partner with studios that care about nurturing their employees creative passions. Our ceramic production partner, Mudshark Studios exemplifies this sort of partnership. The creative endeavors, experience and contributions of each member of the team that produces our growlers can be seen in each and every growler they make. Take a look at the bottom of your growler to see the initials of that growler's maker; maker's marks are our way of helping you put a face with a name and show you what true handcrafted quality means to us. We recently visited with our team at Mudshark and we asked each artist the same questions about life, beer, and art and we'll be introducing you to them here.

Meet Michael Griffin. Michael glazes the growlers once they've been bisqued. While you won't find his initials on the bottom of your growler, chances are pretty good he was responsible for the glazing of it. Co-owner Brett Binford reflects on how Michael came to work for the company:

"Ceramic artist and friend, Richard Brandt, was his teacher and brought him by the studio for a tour. We got to talking and I realized that I also knew Michael's high school teacher from my days working at Georgie's ceramic supplier. I used to sell her clay. It was a fun reminder of just how small the Portland community really is."
 

Name: Michael Griffin  

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

September 02, 2014

Makers Marks Bios: Jared Lindsey

At Portland Growler Company we partner with studios that care about nurturing their employees creative passions. Our ceramic production partner, Mudshark Studios exemplifies this sort of partnership. The creative endeavors, experience and contributions of each member of the team that produces our growlers can be seen in each and every growler they make. Take a look at the bottom of your growler to see the initials of that growler's maker; maker's marks are our way of helping you put a face with a name and show you what true handcrafted quality means to us. We recently visited with our team at Mudshark and we asked each artist the same 12 questions about life, beer, and art and we'll be introducing you to them here.

Meet Jared Lindsey. Jared glazes the growlers after they've been bisque fired. While you won't find his initials on the bottom of your growler, chances are pretty good he was responsible for the glazing of it. 

 

Name: Jared Lindsey

Hometown: Port Orchard, WA

August 29, 2014

Maker's Mark Bios: CC - Carson Culp

At Portland Growler Company we partner with studios that care about nurturing their employees creative passions. Our ceramic production partner, Mudshark Studios exemplifies this sort of partnership. The creative endeavors, experience and contributions of each member of the team that produces our growlers can be seen in each and every growler they make. Take a look at the bottom of your growler to see the initials of that growler's maker; maker's marks are our way of helping you put a face with a name and show you what true handcrafted quality means to us. We recently visited with our team at Mudshark and we asked each artist the same 12 questions about life, beer, and art and we'll be introducing you to them here.

Meet Carson Culp. Carson trims the growlers after they are removed from the plaster molds. You've got one of his growlers if you see a 'CC' on the bottom. 

 

Name: Carson Culp

Hometown: Puerto Rico, but Portland is my second home.

August 22, 2014

Maker's Mark Bios- CJ Cooper Jeppesen

At Portland Growler Company we partner with studios that care about nurturing their employees creative passions. Our ceramic production partner, Mudshark Studios exemplifies this sort of partnership. The creative endeavors, experience and contributions of each member of the team that produces our growlers can be seen in each and every growler they make. Take a look at the bottom of your growler to see the initials of that growler's maker; maker's marks are our way of helping you put a face with a name and show you what true handcrafted quality means to us. We recently visited with our team at Mudshark and we asked each artist the same 12 questions about life, beer, and art and we'll be introducing you to them here.

Meet Cooper Jeppesen. Cooper trims the growlers after they are removed from the plaster molds. You've got one of his growlers if you see a 'CJ' on the bottom. 

 

 

Name: Cooper Jeppesen

Hometown: Boise, ID

July 17, 2014

PGC is Going to NYC

 

PGC is on the move again! Our one woman marketing team is heading to the Big Apple to share Portland Growler Company with the world, or at least with editors from some of our favorite publications. So stay tuned for photos of her adventures (and of our growlers, of course) as PGC takes on Manhattan! 

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