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VIDEO: Budweiser’s ‘Made In America’ series explores Memphis music scene

August 14, 2014 By: mike Category: Memphis, Video

The latest episode of Budweiser’s “Made In America” documentary series explores the Memphis music scene, from Stax to Big Star to Three Six Mafia.

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Flying Saucer to host 5th annual Stumbling Elvis Pub Crawl on Saturday

August 08, 2014 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Flying SaucerThe Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Downtown Memphis will host its fifth annual Stumbling Elvis Pub Crawl on Saturday, Aug. 9, benefiting FedExFamilyHouse.

The festivities, which coincide with Elvis Week and involve drinking lots of good craft beer, will start at the Flying Saucer, 130 Peabody Place, at 7 p.m. From there, the pub crawl will move to several other downtown bars, including Blind Bear, Cafe Keough, Alfred’s and Purple Haze. Participants are invited to come dressed in their best Elvis or Priscilla attire, and folks will end the crawl back at the Saucer.

Sign up is free at the door, but monetary donations for FedExFamilyHouse are encouraged. Participants are also asked bring non-perishable snack food items (like snack crackers, fruit snacks, granola bars, etc.) and/or a new, stuffed animal to donate to the organization, which offers free accommodations for out-of-town families of patients at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

“Elvis Week is a big deal in Memphis, and we’re excited to host our annual Stumbling Elvis Pub Crawl again this year to celebrate and support FedExFamilyHouse,” said Kirk Caliendo, general manager of Flying Saucer. “Every year, hundreds of Elvis lookalikes participate in this event, and we thought it would be fun to add some Priscillas to the mix this year. We hope everyone will come out to support this great cause.”

For more information, call 901-523-8536.

Memphis’ Wiseacre Brewing announces Tarasque Saison as 3rd year-round beer

July 28, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Tarasque Saison

With an expansion completed a few weeks ago, Wisecare Brewing Co. let it be known that a third beer would be soon added to its year-round lineup.

Today, the Memphis brewery on Broad Avenue provided some real details.

Tarasque Saison, which “leans French but is loaded with Australian hops,” will join Ananda IPA and Tiny Bomb American Pilsener in the year-round lineup. Cans of Tarasque Saison will be available in a matter of weeks.

Here’s the full announcement from Wiseacre’s Facebook page:

We’re excited to announce Tarasque Saison as our 3rd year round beer. We’re still weeks away from having cans, but come celebrate the launch tomorrow evening at Chiwawa from 7-9 as we raffle off some swag like glassware, a hoodie, and more. Once again, artist Rachel Briggs research/styles/textures/personality/story telling/execution bring this beer to life in the most amazing ways.

Here’s a description of the beer:

The Tarasque was a (most likely) mythical creature that has the head of a lion, six bear legs, a turtle shell, and a scorpion tail. It was probably some sort of an insect dinosaur hellbeast. A lady nun sang it to sleep in French Wallonia allowing the town mob to end it’s life. Our saison leans French but is loaded with Australian hops. Superfruity and blossoming with yeasty spicy aromas, Tarasque is a beast you will want to overcome you, but it will softly sing you to sleep instead.

Memphis Made expands capacity at Cooper-Young brewery, releases new IPA

July 26, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Drew Barton at Memphis Made

Drew Barton, head brewer at Memphis Made Brewing, stands next to the brewery’s new 30-barrel fermenters. The expansion brings Memphis Made’s capacity to roughly 1,500 barrels per year.

Press release:

Memphis Made Brewing Co. Growing Operations

Less than a year after starting production, Memphis’ newest brewery has already expanded its capacity.

Memphis Made Brewing Co., located in Cooper­-Young, has installed three new fermenters which will allow it to brew more than twice as much fresh, local beer.

“We’re following our growth plan, although this expansion has come a little sooner than we thought,” Andy Ashby, co­-founder of Memphis Made, said. “The demand for more local beer has been great and we’re working as hard as we can to fill it.”

Memphis Made currently sells and distributes kegs and bottled beer to more than 60 bars, restaurants, grocery stores and liquor stores throughout Shelby County.

This expansion will allow the company, which opened last October, to start adding more accounts.

Part of the reason Memphis Made has been able to expand is due to its hand­-bottled offerings, paired with liquor stores being able to carry low­-gravity beers.

Memphis Made hand­ bottles its beer in 750 milliliter bottles, changing styles every month or so. It’s currently releasing Bear Cat, an unfiltered India Pale Ale with Simcoe, Chinook, Citra and Mosaic hops.

The brewery has added several liquor store accounts since the law changed in early July, starting with Yorkshire Liquors in East Memphis.

“We’re really excited to carry more local beer,” Jeff Howell, co­-owner of Yorkshire Liquors, said. “The changes in the law have opened up a lot of new offerings for us, including the Memphis Made beers. Our customers really like a good variety of beers, especially the local ones, and it’s been good to be able to offer these.”