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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.

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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 on Madison to host free craft and import beer tastings in June

May 30, 2013 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis

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The Cash Saver grocery store at 1620 Madison in Midtown — which has established itself as a beer destination in Memphis — is hosting a series of free craft and import beer tastings in June.

Here’s what is planned so far:

Monday, June 3Fort Collins Brewery tasting, 4:30-7:30 p.m., featuring Rocky Mountain IPA, Red Banshee, Kidd Black Lager and Chocolate Stout.

Wednesday, June 5Krombacher tasting, 4-7 p.m., featuring Pils, Weizen and Dark.

Wednesday, June 12Abita Beer tasting, 4-7 p.m., featuring Amber, Purple Haze, Lemon Wheat, Turbodog and Light.

More tastings are in the works, so check back here, and also be sure to follow Cash Saver craft beer manager Taylor James on Twitter.

Midtown Memphis’ best place to buy craft beer: Cash Saver on Madison

February 27, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Memphis

Cash Saver - Taylor James

Craft beer might not be first thing you associate with Midtown’s Cash Saver, the discount grocery store known for its cheap prices.

But the former Piggly Wiggly at 1620 Madison Avenue has quietly transformed its beer aisle into a beer oasis.

Craft beer manager Taylor James, who carefully tends to his coolers and displays like a garden, now boasts of the best selection and best prices for craft beer at a retail establishment in Midtown, if not the best in the city.

“Currently, we offer 140 craft and import selections along with 60 domestic products, and that number will only increase as new beers become available on the market. We have 158 linear feet of space solely dedicated to craft and import selections,” said James, whose father owns two area Cash Saver stores, including the Madison location, and two Piggly Wiggly stores.

The selection is truly excellent. On a recent visit to the Cash Saver, there were six varieties of beer from Schlafly alone, including the Pale Ale, Dry Hopped APA, Hefeweizen, Oatmeal Stout, Coffee Stout and Kolsch, all marked at $6.78 a sixer.

Among the brands you can find at Cash Saver are Yazoo, Ghost River, Blackstone, Sierra Nevada, Abita, Southern Tier, O’Fallon, Samuel Adams, North Coast, Shiner, Bridgeport, Red Brick, Victory, Fort Collins, Rogue, Goose Island, Flying Dog, Lazy Magnolia, Anchor, Shipyard and New Belgium.

James says that if the distributors can get it, customers want it, and grocery stores can legally sell it, then he’ll carry it. Stone is among the brands that are coming soon.

Cash Saver’s beer pricing is even better than the store’s other items. Cash Saver sells its goods for cost plus 10 percent, which means low prices on everything from canned items to produce to meat. Beer is actually marked at 3 percent below cost, and then 10 percent is added at the register.

“Beer is an important category, and we want to offer it at the lowest price point possible,” said James. “The result is the guaranteed overall lowest prices in the area and you don’t need a shopper’s card or have to pay a membership fee to save.”

That means you’ll find six-packs of beer at Cash Saver for sometimes $1, $2 or $3 lower than you can find at Kroger or other stores.

So what’s next?

“We are hoping in the next month or two to have a ‘make your own six pack’ section, so customers can try different crafts and imports. As far as our long-range plans go, we are looking to renovate our Madison location and expanding our beer coolers will be part of that plan,” James said.

Check out photos below of Cash Saver’s displays and coolers. And follow Taylor James on Twitter at @taylorhjames.

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Cash Saver - Schlafly - Southern Tier