Kay Bob's has been serving their take on flatbreads and kebabs for a little over a year now, but have only recently begun to offer growler fills. They have 25 different craft brews on tap, including local favorites from Calfkiller, Jackalope, Fat Bottom and Yazoo, as well as other notable beers from across the country. If you're aiming low, you can even pick up a half gallon of Bud Light for the road. (Well, not really for the road; drink it when you get home.) Empty growler jugs can be purchased for $5 and refilled for the really reasonable price of $8. During their Wednesday growler happy hour(s) from 4 to 7 p.m., you can save two bucks on your refills.
Over in the Melrose neighborhood, Chip and Maggie DeVier are still in the middle of a soft opening for their new Craft Brewed Bottle Shop and Tasting Parlor. Setting up shop in an old dry cleaner building, they have even kept the old sign that advertised car service, though you'll need to come inside to choose your lager. With 21 taps and coolers and shelves full of bottles, there's plenty to choose from at Craft Brewed.
The owners have also applied for a high-gravity license and plan to sell those brews (which have a higher alcohol content than standard beer) on the other side of their building, with the mandatory wall running through the middle to appease the silly liquor laws that require separation of the two types of beer. Hopefully someday they'll be able to heed Ronald Reagan's advice and tear down that wall. (But when has customer convenience or logic ever entered into Tennessee's alcohol regulations?)
Because Craft Brewed has both an on- and off-premise license, you can also buy a pint of any of their drafts for $4 to enjoy at their comfy gathering table that dominates the middle of the retail space. Consider it like a Baskin-Robbins taster spoon. They also hope to host educational and tasting events with brewers from across the region sharing their knowledge with local beer aficionados.
In another nice twist, Craft Brewed also stocks supplies for home brewers in a small back room. There is also a classroom space where they plan to teach aspiring brewers the tricks of the trade. I can see this becoming a really popular gathering place for brew fans to try out new beers and learn more about their favorite hobby. They'll be open seven days a week, so there won't be any excuses not to drop by sometime soon for a pint or a half gallon. Welcome them to the neighborhood!
Kay Bob's Grill & Ale
1602 21st Ave. S.
Craft Brewed Bottle Shop and Tasting Room
2502 Franklin Pike