One of the coolest things to hit the Nashville Beer Scene recently is that there are a bunch of new places to fill growlers. We’ve been able to get growler fills at a few local beer stores like Frugal MacDoogal’s, Midtown Beer & Cigar store and the Mt. Julie Beer Company, but the options have increased lately. In the last couple months, we’ve welcomed Kay Bob’s by Vandy, The Filling Station behind Edley’s in 12 South and Craft Brewed on 8th Ave in Berry Hill. Today we want to tell you more about Craft Brewed, and we’ll have more about those other fine establishments later. When you walk into Craft Brewed you be greeted by the friendly faces of Chip, Maggie, Jessica and Sean. They know their beer and can answer any questions you have about their plethora of draft offerings.
Craft Brewed is unique in Nashville because it will have everything for the beer lover. Currently their low gravity side has 21 taps and you can get a flight of four beers, a pint or a Growler fill to go. They offer both 1 liter and 1/2 Gallon growlers. The 1 liter growlers with a flip top cap are a perfect size if you just want to have a couple pints of a new beer at home. The standard 1/2 Gallon screw-top growlers are perfect for sharing a few pints at home with friend or loved ones. (Or you can finish the whole thing by yourself, we don’t judge.) They also sell packaged beer to go. They’ve got a great selection on the shelves, and most of it is already pre-chilled in their cooler. You can also buy, and consume on site, any of the cold singles.
Unlike the other growler shops and beer stores, Craft Brewed also sells home brew supplies. One cool thing is they’re open when a lot of home brew stores aren’t. So if you’re about to bottle on a Tuesday night at 8:30 and you realize you’re out of caps, they can hook you up. I can’t remember how many times I’ve needed PBW on a Sunday. Luckily, they’re open till 6pm on Sundays and to 10 all other nights. If you need brewing ingredients, they have selection of Rebel Brewer home brew kits, hops, dry & liquid yeast, specialty and base grains. If you need gear, they can hook you up with anything you need, including a all-in-one beginner’s home brew kit in a box.
And if that’s not good enough for you, a high gravity side will be opening in a couple months featuring fine whiskeys, wine and of course, high gravity beer. For those of you outside of TN, we have some odd alcohol laws. While not as restrictive as some states, we can’t buy all our beer in the same store. Beer with an ABV (alcohol by volume) over 6.2% can only be purchased in a liquor store. Also, liquor stores can’t sell low gravity beer, cokes or mixers. Merchants get around this by putting two “stores” right next to each other, one for beer, one for liquor. So you can get all your alcohol in one place, just not one store. Odd, right? It’s a hassle, but we’ve learned to deal with it. Unfortunately, Tennessee law does not permit growler fills of high gravity beers.
June hit it off with Maggie & Jessica, and the ladies of Craft Brewed have been big supporters of the Nashville chapter of Girls’ Pint Out. A few nights ago the ladies held their January get together there for a tasting. Craft Brewed served up a flight a 7 beers for the group’s enjoyment. June’s got some pictures she’ll post in a few days.
If you’re in Nashville and haven’t been to Craft Brewed yet, check them out. There at 2502 Franklin Pike (8th Ave S.) across the street from the Sonic in the old Chesly Cleaners building.