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Memphis’ first growler shop, The Growler, opens for business in Cooper-Young

December 09, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Memphis


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.

Growler- tasting room

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.

The Growler - David Smith

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.

Growler Memphis - beer list

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.

The Growler  - Memphis

The Growler

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

Memphis’ Wiseacre Brewing to unveil coffee milk stout at Tamp & Tap

November 15, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Wiseacre Brewing Company’s latest beer is a coffee milk stout with “copious amounts of Metropolis Coffee” to give it a caffeine kick.

The beer — dubbed You Gotta Get Up to Get Down — will be tapped tomorrow (Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tamp & Tap, 122 Gayoso. The Bluegrass Brunch event will feature a special food menu.

The stout is already getting great reviews. The Memphis Girls’ Pint Out crew got an early taste of the beer last night:

Tamp & Tap Bluegrass Brunch

Memphis Made Brewing announces release of Fireside Ninja, Harvest Porter

November 08, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Memphis

Memphis MadeMemphis Made Brew Company is taking a unique approach to its launch in the Bluff City.

Instead of unveiling its year-round beers at the start, Memphis Made has been rolling out sets of limited-edition inaugural beers, offering craft beer drinkers a variety of styles to tease their palates.

Have you tried the Parkways Pale Ale and South Cooper Saison, Memphis Made’s first beers? If not, you might have missed your chance as they’re headed for an early retirement (although they could make another appearance some day).

Today, the brewery announced its next two beers, Fireside Ninja and Harvest Porter, which are coming out within the next week.

“It’s always been the plan to mix it up a bit before we settle down into year-round styles,” said Andy Ashby, Memphis Made’s co-founder. “Right now, we’re just having fun coming up with different beers.”

Memphis Made’s year-round beers — an IPA and a Kolsch — should come out in early 2014.


Here’s the full press release about today’s announcement, with more details about the Fireside Ninja and Harvest Porter:

Memphis’ newest brewery is changing its lineup in order to keep the fresh ideas flowing.

Memphis Made Brew Company is unveiling two new beers, Fireside Ninja and Harvest Porter, next week.

Brewed with a base of Munich malt and delicately steeped with Perle and Tettnanger hops, Fireside Ninja is malty on the front end with a slight hop finish on the back to provide balance. With an ABV of 5.7%, this beer, while very accessible, will keep you warm on a fall night. The beer should hit bars and restaurants this weekend.

“Fireside Ninja is the lighter side of a deadly killing machine,” Drew Barton, president and head brewer,said.

Harvest Porter is a lighter than normal porter with a slight nuttiness and hints of chocolate. This beer style, which has been around since Barton made it up, consists of Marris Otter, chocolate and melanoidin malts balanced with East Kent Goldings and Fuggle hops. It should be available late next week.

The locally owned and operated craft brewery, which opened in early October, is rolling out its next set of limited edition inaugural beers. Parkways Pale Ale and South Cooper Saison will enjoy an early retirement, but may make an appearance again someday.

“It’s always been the plan to mix it up a bit before we settle down into year-round styles,” Andy Ashby, co-founder, said. “Right now, we’re just having fun coming up with different beers.”

Aldo Dean owns Aldo’s Pizza Pies, Bardog Tavern and the Slider Inn, three local establishments which serve Memphis Made beer.

“Memphis has quickly become the birthplace of several local breweries. It’s important for the city on the national stage of culinary awareness to showcase these talented brewers,” he said. “Plus, Memphians are a prideful people, and they have a real thirst for local beer. We love being on the front lines of this movement.”

After experimenting with a few different styles of beer, the Cooper-Young brewery plans on making two styles, an IPA and a Kolsch, year-round. Those beers should come out in early 2014. Memphis Made will continue to make seasonal beers as production capacity allows.

Memphis Made’s local focus extends beyond its beer.

Adam Shellabarger with Combustion Design created the brewery’s logo while Sean Vandergriff with Vandergriff Designs is hand crafting its first tap handles. Memphis Made also gives spent grains to Mathis Creek Farms in Covington, Tenn., a farm which sells beef and other products at farmers markets throughout the Mid-South.

Memphis Made Brewing Company is a small production brewery at 768 S. Cooper, right next to the “I Love Memphis” mural at Cooper and York. The company occupies a former Keathley Pie Factory warehouse and production facility. For more information, including a list of where Memphis Made beer can be found, please check www.memphismadebrewing.com, call at (901) 691-2396 or email us at drew@memphsimadebrewing.com or andy@memphismadebrewing.com.

Midtown Memphis Cash Saver unveils 96-foot cold beer box; growler fill station coming soon

November 08, 2013 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Distribution, Memphis, Video

Cash Saver cold beer box

On Thursday, the Cash Saver grocery store in Midtown Memphis unveiled the first of two major changes to its already impressive beer operation.

Cash Saver, which is undergoing a massive, $1.5 million renovation, debuted a 96-foot cold beer box, billed at the largest in Memphis. The store celebrated its arrival with a beer sampling event with Ghost River Brewing, Abita Beer, Schlafly Beer and Oskar Blues.

The next major piece is coming Nov. 19, and it’s something Memphis area craft beer lovers should get all hopped up about.

Cash Saver is opening a 24-tap growler fill station, likely to be the first of its kind in Memphis. A growler fill shop, The Growler Memphis, is opening soon at 921 S. Cooper in Cooper-Young, but it has not yet announced a date.

Taylor James, Cash Saver’s craft beer manager, said the growler station will be open Monday-Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The store will sell growlers, but customers will be able to bring their own to fill.

Here’s video of James talking about all the changes:

If you’re not familiar with the Cash Saver, the former Piggly Wiggly at 1620 Madison Avenue has transformed itself into a destination for craft beer, with a huge selection and great prices. It features a large “make-your-own-six-pack” section and a bomber rack.

Tennessee law limits grocery stores to selling lower-gravity beers, so the store can only sell beers lower than 6.25% alcohol by volume.

Here’s the site of the soon-to-be growler fill station at the Cash Saver, in a spot that currently sells baked goods:

Cash Saver growler fill site