Beginning as early as the late 1800s, tin pails, pitchers, glass jars or jugs, or other vessels were used to carry beer home from the local pub.  The most common was a 2-quart galvanised or enamelled pail.

Prior to World War II, kids would bring covered buckets of draft beer from the local pub or brewery to workers at lunch time or to their parents at dinner time.  This became known as “rushing the growler.” and the kids became known as the “Bucket Boys”.