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Cuvee Coffee introducing crowlers to Austin

Arianna Auber
aauber@statesman.com

The average can of beer holds about 12 oz. of beer. The average growler holds about 64 oz. What happens when you cross the two? A 32 oz. crowler, that’s what.

The super-sized can, which originated with the Oskar Blues Brewery in Colorado, is now making its debut in Austin at Cuvee Coffee Bar, an eastside coffee shop with a sizable array of beer taps. Cuvee founder Mike McKim decided to start using them after he had stumbled upon the crowler concept doing research for Cuvee’s nitro cans of Black & Blue, the coffee shop’s cold brew coffee.

But what’s primarily going in the crowlers tonight at their first foray into Austin isn’t the cold brew. It’s Austin Beerworks Sputnik, a popular wintertime brew in town that’s launching on tap at Cuvee starting at 6 p.m. You’ll be able to have a pint of the Russian Imperial Coffee Oatmeal Stout there and then, with a crowler, take some to go.

A crowler is a one-use recyclable can that is filled and sealed on location (and watching that process can be fairly interesting; during a trip to Colorado earlier this year, I saw at one of the Oskar Blues locations how they work). Call it the growler’s more recyclable cousin, if you will.