"The Full Tank" Fills The Market For Craft Beer In Unexpected Location

Friday, November 22, 2013

Matt Franks has opened "The Full Tank", a growler station inside the Raceway gas station on Broad Street, where he is the director of operations. "The Full Tank" features an all-star craft beer line-up, which Mr. Franks plans on rotating out both seasonally, as well as based on customer requests.

"Our goal is to expose a wider audience to craft beer," he said.

Near St. Elmo, "The Full Tank" is dedicating one tap exclusively to Moccasin Bend Brewing Company, a local brewery just down the road from the Raceway. "I believe it's important to commit to local businesses and with Moccasin Bend Brewing Company so close to us, it was a no-brainer to give them a tap," said Mr. Franks.

"The Full Tank" is not just about selling craft beer though, he said. Mr.Franks is also hoping to educate a different part of the community about what craft beer is. The wider audience of a gas station exposes more people to the burgeoning craft beer market, which was one of Mr. Franks' goals. "Since opening, the biggest part of the job hasn't been pouring beer, but educating people about what a growler is and how craft beer is different from domestic beer," he said. "We're constantly telling people about beers they've never heard of."

Convenience is also key, he said. People stopping into the gas station for fuel, food or other products will not have to travel to a separate destination to buy their favorite brews. "We're integrating a craft beer experience into your daily routine," said Mr. Franks. "We want buying craft beer to be as easy as buying anything else on your way home."

"The Full Tank" sells growlers 8 a.m.-3 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 a.m. Sunday. It is at 2528 Broad Street. Currently on tap are:

Terrapin "Moo-Hoo" Chocolate Milk Stout

Flat 12 Pogue's Run Porter

Blackstone Nut Brown Ale

Lagunitas IPA

Angry Orchard Hard Cider

MBBC Unbalanced IPA

For more information, contact Matt Franks at mj_franks@yahoo.com, 2528 Broad Street, Chattanooga, Tn. 37408, or 423 355-5365.

Uber Eats Launches In Chattanooga

Uber Eats will launch on Thursday, in Chattanooga, offering food delivery at Uber speed with menus from more than 70 restaurants, including Terminal Brewhouse, Beast + Barrel Gastro Smokehouse, IL Primo, Champy’s Chicken, The Bitter Alibi, and Puckett’s.  The Uber Eats app is free to download and has been built specifically to make getting great food as easy as getting a ride. ... (click for more)

Crabtree Farms Offers Instant Pot Workshop On Saturday

Crabtree Farms is offering an afternoon on the basics of using an Instant Pot o n Saturday, March 10 ,  from 3-4:30 p.m .  Amanda Nelson-Varnell, of Dish T’Pass Catering Company, will be host the of this class.  An Instant Pot is an electric, programmable, and highly versatile kitchen device that does the work of seven kitchen gadgets.  It can be ... (click for more)

Sheriff Hammond Says $4 Million Needed To Put SROs In All Hamilton County Schools

Sheriff Jim Hammond on Thursday night told members of the County School Board that $4 million is needed to provide School Resource Officers for all of the 79 schools. He said currently there are 31 SROs in 29 schools, leaving 50 uncovered. School Board member Rhonda Thurman said she believes the community could come together to provide the necessary funding. "It's something ... (click for more)

Judge Philyaw Denies He Did Not Reappoint Magistrate Because She Was Gay

Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw told a federal jury on Thursday that the fact Elizabeth Gentzler is openly gay had no part in his decision not to reappoint her as a magistrate. "Absolutely not. I have a lot of gay friends, family and acquaintances," he said. However, a court officer at Juvenile Court sided with Ms. Gentzler. Jimmie Cannon said, "Ninety-nine percent ... (click for more)

Avoid Underage Drinking And Other Prom Drama

My high school prom took a dramatic turn when two guys got their tuxedo jackets mixed up. One of them belonged to my date, who kindly offered to keep my wallet in his pocket. That’s the jacket another young man mistakenly grabbed off the back of a chair before heading to an underage drinking party that got shut down by police well after midnight—as kids scattered in every direction.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘In God We Trust …And Protecting Our School Children

On a day that the Tennessee Legislature overwhelmingly approved a bill that would prominently display the words “In God We Trust” in every school building in the state, the Hamilton County School Board gave my boy Bad Little Johnny cause to get a magic market and scribble underneath, “but ‘Everybody Else Is Gonna’ Need A Pistol!’” Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond, who was ... (click for more)