Bars and breweries are no longer places where you can fill a to-go jug of beer. Gas stations such as Mendez Fuel are now on the list of growing places with growler filling stations.
One of four gas stations in the franchise, Mendez Mobile launched its growler station Tuesday.
Andrew Mendez, brother of owner Michael Mendez and manager of all Mendez gas stations, wants to keep taps as local as possible.
They've installed eight taps: Funky Buddha Floridan Hefeweizen and Hop Gun IPA, Due Douth Caramel Cream ale, Cigar City Apple Pie cider, and Puppy's Breath porter, Wynwood La Rubia, and two Sam Adams taps, which are pending.
The idea to install a growler station came after Andrew and his family took a trip to Georgia and South Carolina last February and noticed a similar thing at local convenience stores. As far as he knows, Mendez Fuel is the first gas station in Miami to have a growler fill station.
"I had the idea for a while, but I couldn't put it to pen and paper," Mendez says.
Earlier in the year, ABC Fine Wine and Spirits stores in the state began installing growler filling stations.
Only 32- and 128-ounce growlers are legal in Florida, but there's a push in the state legislature to make standard-sized 64-ounce growlers legal too.
Besides a growler station, Mendez Fuel has been stockpiling its selection of craft beer. It began with a modest rack of craft beers three years ago and has grown into four big racks and two full coolers of craft beer.
Other than beer, Mendez wants the gas station to be a go-to spot for lunch, with a deli and a juice bar, which contains a juicing machine.
Mendez says the other three gas stations might have growler fill stations in the future, but he is testing to see how this one works out. The other three are located at 490 Coral Way, 11870 Bird Rd., and 701 NW 72nd Ave.
"We could have done it a long time ago," Mendez says, "but we wanted a nice show."
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