The former site of Kbob Kellys on South Main Street is about to be transformed into Southern Growlers, a beer "filling station."
"We hope to be open in the next three to four weeks, and will have 20 different taps running," owner Brad David said. "This will allow us to deliver a wide variety of craft beers, ciders, and sodas."
According to Wikipedia, a growler is a glass or ceramic jug used to transport draft beer in the United States, Canada and Australia. They are commonly sold at breweries and brew pubs as a means to sell take-out craft beer. Growlers are generally make of glass and have either a screw-on cap or a hinged porcelain gasket cap, which can provide freshness for a week or more.
"Customers will just have to purchase a glass growler from us just once, and then it can be refilled over and over again," he said. "You either bring your clean growler into be refilled, or we will trade yours out for a clean one."
According to David, the bottles themselves will sell for $5.99 for the 32 ounce and 64 ounce, and they are interchangeable. The price of the "fills" will vary, but typically the 32 oz. fill be $6.99 to $8.99, and the 64 oz. will be $11.99 to $14.99.
"We will fill the growlers of others, but the growler must have the government warning label on it," he said.
David said the selection of beer to choose from will rotate throughout the year.
"Different flavors of beers are produced by craft breweries, and a lot of what they produce is seasonal," he said. "This allows the consumer to have a lot of different choices throughout the year, and to really get what they want."
David said many craft breweries do not bottle their beer and only produce it by the keg. So, this type of set-up allows consumers to take a taste of their favorite local beer home to enjoy, rather than have to purchase it from a restaurant or bar tap.
You can follow Southern Growlers on Twitter @sgrowlers, on Facebook, and at www.southerngrowlers.com.
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