The first growler shop in Memphis has opened its doors.
The Growler, at 921 S. Cooper in Cooper-Young, opened for business on Saturday. The shop has 24 rotating taps for growlers to go, but also sells six-packs of bottles to go and pints for on-premise drinking in its tasting room.
You can bring your own 64-ounce glass growler to fill or buy one for $5 at the shop. “We’ll fill anybody’s growler,” said David P. Smith, one of The Growler’s two owners.
Smith, of Memphis, said Monday that business had been steady since the opening. “So far the first two days have been good. It’s been fun,” he said.
Smith, seen below, is a partner in the business with Anthony Bond, of Nashville. Bond also owns a growler shop in Chattanooga. Kevin Elbe will manage the day-to-day operations of The Growler in Memphis.
Local beers from High Cotton Brewing, Memphis Made Brew Company, Wiseacre Brewing Company and Ghost River Brewing are a focus for the new establishment and have been really popular with customers, Smith said.
The Belgian IPA from High Cotton was the first beer to sell out, but more will arrive soon.
The shop also has beers from regional breweries such as Schlafly Beer, Yazoo Brewing Company, Lazy Magnolia and Abita Beer and national craft brands like Samuel Adams and Brooklyn Brewery. Prices range from about $10 to $14 per fill, though you can get a growler of PBR for just $7.
Due to Tennessee laws, The Growler is only selling “low gravity” beers, which are about 6.25 ABV or lower.
The Growler will soon have competition. The Madison Growler Shop, with 30 taps, is opening up soon inside the Cash Saver on Madison. In addition, Memphis Filling Station has announced plans to open in early 2014.
It’s a good time to be a craft beer drinker in Memphis.
Address: 921 S. Cooper, across from Tsunami
Hours: Tuesday-Wednesday, 2 to 9 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.; closed Monday.
On Twitter: @memphisgrowler