Get Your Fill at The Growler in Cooper Young
The Growler is a bar and growler filling station near the intersection of Cooper and Young, and it's now open six days a week. I went by one morning to meet David Smith, who co-owns The Growler with his business partner Anthony Bond, and his future son-in-law Kevin Elbe, who will manage the location.
Kevin on the left, David on the right. Photo from @ilovememphisblog on Instagram.
The crew took a former office space and remodeled it to have a rustic-industrial feel. There's a couch and sitting area, a few high tops, and a long table near the TV.
When you go to The Growler, you can sit and have a pint from the 24 varieties on tap, or you can fill up your growler and go. In case you missed it, a growler is reusable glass jug for beer; you can bring your own (as long as it's 64 ounces and clean) or you can purchase one there for only $5 that you can reuse.
The Growler offers a lot of local beer. Right now they are the only place in town where you can take your Memphis Made brews "to-go" (via growler of course). The rest of their beer selection comes from New Beligum Brewery, Yazoo, Rogue, Lazy Magnolia, Goose Island, and the like.
Overall, I'd say that the Growler is a "meet your friends for a few beers in a relaxed environment" type of place rather than a "let's see how many Coors Lights we can pound until 2 a.m." type of place, which sounds good to me. I think even if you are a Light Lager pounder, you'll like the Growler. Plus, there are plans to serve affordable gastropub-style finger food in the coming months.
The Growler is debit or credit card only, and you pay as you go (no tabs). They are open Tue. – Wed. from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thu. – Sat. from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Filling up a growler costs about $10 to $14, and pints are $5.
921 South Cooper
Memphis, Tenneesee 38104