New Craft Beer Shop in Finsbury Park
Written by: Sophie Taylor
Q. Ever walked into a bar asking for your growler to be filled?
A. No, not even a joke, I’m genuinely curious.
If you call yourself a beer geek / hops hugger / craft ale connoisseur then you should know what a growler is and why you would be bringing it into said bar to be filled. And not sniggering at the back there. I see you.
A beer growler is a container or vessel that is used for the transport of beer. It can also be described as an air-tight jug, typically made out of glass, ceramic or stainless steel with handles that allows you to take draft beer from one place to another without a degradation of quality.
But why is it called a growler?
Well, in the late 1800’s you would skip down to your local pub where your friendly bartender was supposed to fill your half-gallon container with one pint of beer. You obviously wanted to get your full pail’s worth though, so whichever party was left out of pocket would “growl” about it, most likely into their extensive facial hair. Either that, or it’s the sound the beer makes as it sloshes around the pail and makes a rumbling sound as the CO2 escapes through the lid. Personally I put it down to the sound my stomach makes when I crave those sweet, sweet hops of a Friday eve.
Clapton Craft are a craft beer and growler retailer with stores in Hackney, Kentish Town and Walthamstow. They sell a wide range of local, UK and imported beer in bottle, as well as in growlers and PETs* which they fill from eight rotating taps. Clapton Craft use a state of the art counter-pressure system for all their fills, ensuring the beer stays fresh for up to six weeks without loss of carbonation or flavour.
*Bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate which is a form of recyclable plastic. Do keep up.
Now here’s the gossip. Clapton Craft are very excited to declare that they are opening their fourth store on Stroud Green Road in Finsbury Park. Previously Atom Gallery, the site instantly attracted these crafty vessel fillers with it’s sexy high ceilings, white-washed walls and beguiling natural light. They can’t wait to turn it into another ‘craft beer oasis’ for us thirsty growler prowlers.
Like all their stores they’ll be ramming their shelves full of the best beer they can get their hands on from London, UK, the US and Europe while filling growlers and bottles under pressure at their signature growler refill station. No grumbling into your moustaches here, mind.
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