Charlotte’s first growler fill store to open this summer
Since the North Carolina growler bill became law last October, customers have been able to get their favorite beer filled in various establishments. In Charlotte, Good Bottle Co. was the first to have growlers and was later joined by Salud Beer Shop, Growler’s Pourhouse and, most recently, Duckworth’s and various Harris Teeters.
Now, the Queen City is set to have its first exclusive growler fill shop. The Beer Growler will open in the SouthEnd neighborhood this summer and offer growler fills on 45 taps. The shop will be located at 1427 South Blvd (for point of reference, almost caddy corner from World of Beer).
“I’ve always been a big supporter of the craft scene here, and we’re really excited about joining it and seeing people enjoy what we have to offer,” says Jessica King, co-owner of The Beer Growler.
The Beer Growler is a franchised company born out of Georgia. Currently, there are seven locations in the Peach State: Alpharetta, Avondale, Brookhaven, John’s Creek, Sandy Springs, Savannah and Suwanee. It was when King was on vacation in Savannah last October when she went to The Beer Growler there and was instantly intrigued.
“I just love the simplicity of it, and thought ‘What a great concept this is,’” she says.
Upon her return, King and her two business partners began a long and harrowing search for the right location, saying they wanted a place with “good visibility and traffic.” Where they landed does both, and also has the advantage of being about a block away from the Bland St. light rail station.
The Beer Growler will initially have 45 taps, but King says the shop’s capacity will allow it to hold as many as 60 if they choose to expand. Of those 45, King says she’d like to dedicate at least 10 to Charlotte and other North Carolina beers, while also offering regional and national brands along with two taps dedicated to cream soda (King adds they’ll eventually have cider on taps as well).
Customers will be able to fill 32-ounce and 64-ounce growlers, and The Beer Growler will offer growlers in a variety of shapes and different tops. The largest growler offered will be 70 ounces and made out of stainless steel.
For now, The Beer Growler will solely be a growler fill store, meaning no drafts or bottles will be sold (you will be able to sample beers before filling a growler, however). King says as things progress, the hope is that the shop will eventually serve beer on premises.