Let’s face it. Guys can be tough to buy for around the Holidays, and my husband, Ken, is no exception. But one thing I’ve picked up on over the years, is that I can’t go wrong with anything craft brew related. What guy doesn’t love a jug of good craft beer? So I thought I’d make him a personalized etched growler and fill it with his favorite local brew. I etched our last name on the growler with etching cream, and I love how the etching turned out–a bit imperfect and aged looking. One gift down, and one more to go! Shh…don’t tell Ken!
- Glass growler
- Letter stickers. Papersource has stickers similar to the ones I used.
- Painter’s tape
- Glass etching cream
- Bar towel, leather string & rosemary sprig (optional)
Step 1. Set up your work area near a sink. Make sure the growler glass is clean and dry, and apply letter stickers to growler to spell the name or initials of your giftee. Press letters down firmly.
Step 2. Surround letters with a rectangle of painter’s tape. Press tape down firmly. Seriously. Press the tape and letters down super well to prevent the etching cream from getting underneath.
Step 3. Open etching cream and give it a good stir. Apply a thick coat of etching cream over the letters, within the outline of the painter’s tape.
Step 4. Let sit for 60 seconds and rinse off cream from the top down.
Step 5. Peel off letters and tape, and wipe dry. The etching will appear more apparent once dry.
Step 6. Bring to a local craft beer tap room and fill with brew!
Step 7. Fold bar towel in quarters lengthwise, and wrap around the bottom of the growler. Wrap leather string around the towel to hold it into place. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.