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.