Shawn Huff met Chris Maier in 2006, while in their masters programs at the University of Washington, working on a fuel cell project together for a business plan competition which they eventually won. After graduation, they remained in touch and in August 2013 Shawn called up Chris to have a beer at Burnside Brewing. Shawn offered to buy Chris a growler and he declined, explaining that it would go bad after he had the first beer at home. Shawn replied “That’s the point. Let’s build a better growler,” and GrowlerWerks was born.