A different Crowler is coming, but it won’t be available until the end of the year.
According to Jason Dan, Oskar Blues Brewery’s Crowler specialist, the Longmont, Colo.-based brewery and Ball Corporation will be offering a 32-ounce resealable crowler, which includes a cap that features a lid with a oxygen scavenging barrier—a small piece of rubber inside the lid—that both helps remove oxygen from the beer poured into the container as well as giving the lid a better seal.
The new crowler option was announced in part due to a 2015 ruling from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC), which found that retailers and bars offering sealed Crowlers was illegal due to the fact that they were “packaging” beer, and only breweries are allowed to can their products.
First introduced in 2014, the original Crowler is a one-use aluminum can that comes in 750ml and 32-ounce sizes composed of 68 percent recycled content that is both filled and sealed with a custom machine that features a design based on one commonly used for canning perishable food. Oskar Blues developed the machine with Ball Corporation. As the popularity of the Crowlers have grown, Oskar Blues has sold the Crowler system to other breweries, bars and even coffee bars.
In a phone call, Dan told Tenemu that the new crowlers are still being finalized and should be available for purchase in approximately six months.