One of my favorite web sites in the whole world is Forgotten New York run by Kevin Walsh who is a fan of all things utilitarian in architecture in the Big Apple. He has changed the way I see any city I visit. Last summer he wrote about a former bar and included the picture to the right:
Remains of a saloon at Pitkin and Powell. How can you tell? From the presence of what may have been a side window, which facilitated takeout! Buckets of beer would be passed out the window, so it wouldn't have to be slopped past bar patrons.I asked for the right to republish it and he was kind enough to say yes. The neat thing about be a small hub in the world of beer knowledge is I got an email from Jackson, proprietor of another great website about beer and I noticed his post on the meaning of "growler":
Brander Matthews wrote about it in Harper’s Magazine in July 1893: "In New York a can brought in filled with beer at a bar-room is called a growler, and the act of sending this can from the private house to the public-house and back is called working the growler".You can click through to Jackson's post to see one of the buckets that might have passed through the window frame above. High neato factor.