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Midtown Cash Saver grand re-opening to feature growler deals, free beer samples

January 31, 2014 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Madison GrowlerThe Cash Saver grocery store on Madison in Midtown Memphis has been in the midst of a $1.5 million renovation over the past six months, including the addition of the 30-tap Madison Growler & Bottle Shop.

Well, the remodeling is done, and the store is ready for a “grand re-opening” of sorts.

For beer lovers, the festivities today and Saturday will include special deals on growlers and free beer samples.

Today, from 3 to 7 p.m., there will be tastings of Kona Koko Brown, Goose Island Ten Hills, Abita Grapefruit IPA and Abita Root Beer. Beer swag will be available for a lucky few.

From noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, reps from Memphis’ Ghost River Brewing and St. Louis’ Schlafly Beer will be pouring samples.

Stop by and check out Cash Saver’s massive beer selection!

Beer haven: 30-tap Madison Growler Shop opens inside Midtown Memphis’ Cash Saver

December 16, 2013 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Memphis

The Cash Saver grocery store in Midtown, which already boasts of the best selection and prices for packaged craft beer in Memphis, has unveiled a new addition just in time for the holidays.

The 30-tap Madison Growler Shop, with 64-ounce glass jugs of beer to go, opened for business Friday inside the grocery store at 1620 Madison Avenue.

Madison Growler Shop at Cash Saver

It’s the first growler-fill station inside a Memphis grocery store, and it opened just on the heels of The Growler, which debuted in Cooper-Young earlier this month as Memphis’ first growler shop.

Cash Saver’s growler shop will be open Monday-Saturday, from noon to 8 p.m.

Cash Saver - Growlers

The shop sells glass growlers for about $5, or you can bring one in to fill. Prices range from about $4 to $9 per fill, though Yazoo Brewing Company’s limited-edition 10-year IPA went on sale Friday for $14. Like everything else in the store, Cash Saver sells growlers for cost, plus 10 percent.

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On their first day of business, Cash Saver craft beer manager Taylor James (above) and Erica Bodine filled about 50 growlers in the first five hours, and that was even before people has gotten off work.

So, needless to say, business was brisk.

Cash Saver-Taylor James

The growler station features local beers, including Memphis Made Brew CompanyGhost River Brewing and  High Cotton Brewing Company (no Wiseacre so far), and regional beers, like Schlafly Beer, Abita Beer, Blackstone Brewing Co. and Yazoo. Other breweries featured include Fort Collins Brewing Co., New Belgium, Brooklyn Brewery, Stone, Rogue and Sierra Nevada.

Due to Tennessee beer laws, only “low gravity” beers, which are about 6.25 ABV or lower, can be sold at the store.

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As more Memphians ditch the Bud, Miller or Coors in favor of a craft beer, growler shops are becoming the latest business to help meet the growing demand for good beer.

In addition to Cash Saver’s Madison Growler Shop and The Growler, Memphis Filling Station has announced plans to open in early 2014, and a growler station is being planned as part of the East Memphis Whole Foods expansion.

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For the latest beer news from Cash Saver,  follow the Madison Growler Shop on Twitter, @madisongrowler. Also, you can follow Taylor James, @taylorhjames, and Eric Bodine, @scootette.

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

Cash Saver to host Brooklyn Brewery sampling, growler fill event today

September 25, 2013 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Brooklyn Brewery LogoThe Cash Saver grocery store at 1620 Madison in Midtown Memphis is hosting a special sampling and growler fill event today featuring beers from Brooklyn Brewery.

Free samples of Brooklyn Lager in cans will be poured from 5 to 7 p.m.

In addition, growlers of Brooklyner Weisse, a German-style wheat beer, and Brooklyn Scorcher #366, a summer pale ale, will be sold. These are beers that are not otherwise available in package for sale.

The Weisse will be $12, and the Scorcher is $15. That price includes a growler.

Brooklyn Brewery is a sponsor of this weekend’s Gonerfest.