Growlers are a great, reusable way to cart economy-size quantities of specialty beer to your fridge. Turns out the making of that blessed clay vessel involves the same kind of hand-crafted artistry that goes into your favorite microbrew, as demonstrated by Portland Growler Company.

Beautifully filmed by Cineastas, the process is fascinating to watch. Lined up in rows before they're glazed and fired, the growlers-to-be sort of look like Alien pods. But these ceramic beings are here to protect our most precious liquid asset from the evils of light and heat, and their birth is a delight to behold—especially compared to the cold, methodical assembly line process of the lowly aluminum can. [Cineastas on Vimeo]