More Spots to Fill Growlers: Hop Stop Opens, Beer Pale Is in the Works

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If you happen to have an empty jug and you're thirsty, you're just not trying hard enough. Growler fill stations are the hottest boom in Music City since we began to tear down old barns to reclaim planks for restaurant decor. In addition to the numerous tap rooms that will happily sell you some of their wares to go, there are numerous locations around town to fill up your growlers.

And that numerous number is getting numerouser ... er ... bigger. (Yes, I am an editor's worst nightmare.) The Hop Stop recently opened to great acclaim at 2909B Gallatin Pike in East Nashville. A venture from the same folks behind Village Pub & Beer Garden, The Hop Stop features 36 taps of craft beer available by the pint or to take home.

With its comfy interior, The Hop Stop is more of a bar than a mere growler station, encouraging patrons to sit a spell and interact with the beer expert/bartenders, including an old friend of mine, Doc Downs, formerly or Flyte. Trust me, take the man's advice.

The Hop Stop also has a menu of gourmet hot dogs, desserts and bar snacks like popcorn dusted with hops dust and parmesan — offering a little sustenance with your liquid bread.

Across town, a new venture called The Beer Pale is planning to open eventually following a build-out of the old Hostess Bakery building at 4111 Charlotte Ave. Details are still preliminary, but they promise to offer craft beers on draft as well as in bottles and cans, plus a menu of small plates and sandwiches.

That particular neighborhood has been a hotbed for new food and drink announcements, so whenever The Beer Pale project does finally come to fruition, they may just find themselves as an anchor for a new dining and entertainment district for the West Side. It can't come too soon for neighborhood residents.

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