Downtown Canton’s 1st growler shop to open at the end of July
by Joshua Sharpe
June 08, 2014 04:00 AM | 8479 views | 3 3 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Irene and Jim Stout, left, and Maria and Larry Pujol stand outside of the storefront  of their new growler shop, ‘Stout’s Growlers,’ on Friday. The store, the first of its kind in Canton, will open at the end of July, according to the Stouts and Pujols.<br>Staff/C.B. Schmelter
Irene and Jim Stout, left, and Maria and Larry Pujol stand outside of the storefront of their new growler shop, ‘Stout’s Growlers,’ on Friday. The store, the first of its kind in Canton, will open at the end of July, according to the Stouts and Pujols.
Staff/C.B. Schmelter
CANTON — The suds will soon begin to flow at downtown Canton’s first beer growler shop.

After months of planning, Jim and Irene Stout and their neighbors in Great Sky, Larry and Maria Pujol, plan to open their new shop on North Street by the end of July to sell beer by the growler, a refillable bottle typically used by craft beer lovers.

The store is planned to feature beers from around the north Georgia area and will be called “Stout’s Growlers” — appropriately named after the Stouts, whose last name is also a type of beer.

The budding downtown Canton business owners — good friends who live four houses away from each other — had the idea for the store during a conversation at the Painted Pig Tavern. But they could only recently kick up their planning after the City Council approved growler sales in March.

Now, they’re anxious to play their part in revitalizing Canton’s core, which Larry Pujol said “has a potential to become trendy and a destination.”

“We were always very inclined to downtown Canton,” said Pujol, who moved from Florida with his wife. “It was always our objective to become Cantonians and do our contribution to the rebirth of downtown.”

Irene Stout feels the same way.

“I just think growlers are a destination; if you love craft beer, you’ll go find them, and downtown Canton, I think, is a very quaint place to go and enjoy the restaurants we have down there and the shopping,” she said. “We think it’s just a great location to start a business and (a way) to draw people into our historic downtown area for them to see what we’ve got going on.”

The couples are also hoping to help prop up their fellow small business owners. That’s part of why they say they plan to focus on regional breweries.

“It is part of our mission to promote local business,” Larry Pujol said. “We want to give preference to regional breweries. We have done lots of research on that. Among them are breweries in Blue Ridge, which are very close by, Reformation (Brewery) in Woodstock, Atlanta, such as BlueTarp, Red Brick, Three Taverns.”

The owners said they still aren’t sure exactly what brews will be on tap in the shop, as it depends on availability through distributors, but they’re working on that.

Councilman Jack Goodwin, who represents downtown, doesn’t know much about growler shops, but said he’s hoping the best for Stout’s Growlers because it represents investment in revitalization efforts of the city’s center.

“I hope for them that it will go well,” he said. “I know that some of them working with downtown development think that will be a good thing. Obviously, I hope anybody who invests in downtown will do well. We’d like to fill downtown up again, give people lots of choices, have them try different things. Maybe that’ll be step in the whole process.”

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Vecchio Grigio
June 12, 2014
Nice article, but how about defining exactly what is a "growler"? How much beer is in a growler? How much do they typically cost? Is it more affordable to buy beer by the growler as opposed to in bottles? You missed a chance to educate your readers.
Jim Stringer
June 08, 2014
The new downtown revitalization's need to take a different approach to ideas and shops that attract people and draw their interests.Maybe the councilman should travel around, maybe to Greenville, SC. Great concept, great events and always family oriented. Strong leadership leads.Lets grow downtown Canton.
June 09, 2014
My word you've got it. The Canton area has such fruitful growth potential. Without spoiling it's small town feel. I would love a more pedestrian bike and culturally friendly, live, work vibe.

This harmonious lifestyle...meshing the environment with growth and opportunities that bring fun and excitement must culminate first in the heart of the community.

I see such a lively canvas. Yet to be explored-truly. Without Fear. I see the vision of a vision created overseas brought back to a small Georgia city. Alas the cocoon has ripped.

Canton like it's name must grow.

And as she does, and as if by miracle and seemingly all at once..

She slips into the time from all aspects that make cities talked about, visited and destinations.

People walking the sidewalks, welcoming...not an empty space...lofts and residences next to galleries and shoe stores...tailors next to bakeries, that can afford to place...opportunities!

Houses with rooftop gardens and a city that cares for respects the business of this city.

Therein is my vision of Canton-ease...


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