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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.

Cash Saver - taps

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.

Atlanta beer tour: Hop City Craft Beer & Wine

April 10, 2012 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Travelin'

Hop City - exterior

On my visit this weekend to Atlanta, my first stop was Hop City Craft Beer & Wine, Atlanta’s premiere craft beer store that boasts one of the largest selections in the country. Hop City, located at 1000 Marietta Street, Suite 302, sells over 1,700 different beers, 1,000 different wines and a full range of homebrew equipment and ingredients.

Hop City - Growler TownHop City’s “Growler Town” has 60 beers on tap available to take home with you. The selection of beers is constantly changing.

Hop City - growlersHop City sells both 64-oz. and 32-oz. growler jugs for just $4.99, and you fill them for the cost of the beer.

Hop City - beer shelvesMy haul from Hop City included: Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s IPA, Sweetwater IPA, Sweetwater Georgia Brown, Terrapin Hop Karma IPA, Terrapin Hopzilla, Dogfish Head 60-Minute IPA, French Broad 13 Rebels ESB, Fort Collins Incredible Hop and Lagunitas Farmhouse Hop Stoopid.

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Coming soon: More from the Atlanta beer tour, with visits to Red Brick Brewing and Sweetwater Brewing Company.

Gotta keep your growler cool

December 21, 2010 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Ghost River Growler Koozie

Ghost River Growler Koozie

Here’s a cool last-minute holiday gift idea for the Memphis beer connoisseur: Ghost River Brewing is now selling koozies for its growlers for $15.

I’ve noticed that Boscos in Overton Square has been selling similar koozies, but Ghost River just added the item to its online shop.

Here’s the description: “The Ghost River Growler Koozie fits perfectly around a Ghost River Growler and even has strap to make it easy to carry! Growler not included.”

If you get growlers from the Ghost River Brewery dock or from Boscos, it may well be a worthy investment. Ghost River also sells shirts, pint glasses and hats.