Memphis’ homebrew club, the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs, had five brewers at the festival last year. This year, a dozen homebrewers have signed up to serve their beers, including the three of us who blog here at FuzzyBrew.
Here’s what “FuzzyBrew” we’re bringing this weekend:
Grant → Apricot Pale Ale
This pale ale is an award-winning take on Magic Hat’s #9. A medium body, Cascade and Columbus hops and roughly three pounds of apricot puree combine to give this brew a flavor and crispness that’s just perfect for a warm day.
Jeff → Rye Saison
This pale Belgian style farmhouse ale is fruity and peppery in the nose, with a slightly fruity and spicy flavor. The addition of rye enhances the spice. The finish is crisp and refreshing with a surprisingly silky mouthfeel Hops: Hallertauer Mittlefruh & Kent Golding. ABV: 6.6%
Mike → Northern English Brown Ale
This brown ale, made famous the world over by Newcastle, is an easy-drinking English beer. The malts — English Pale Ale, Special Roast, Victory, Crystal and Pale Chocolate — combine to deliver nutty, biscuity flavors and aromas that are balanced by the Kent Golding hops. ABV: 5.1%.
If that’s not enough to whet your whistle, our fellow Bluff City Brewers will also be bringing these tasty brews: “Fade To Black” Lager, Highland Oatmeal Porter Clone, Black Pepper Bacon Stout, Rye Pale Ale, Dunkleweisen, Semi-Sweet Oatmeal Porter, “I’m not Bitter” English Pale Ale and Purple Rain.
In addition to the homebrew, there will be lots of great craft beer to sample that you can’t buy here in Memphis.
If you can only make it to one beer festival this year, this is the one to check out. It’s Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Lifelink Church parking lot, 1015 S. Cooper. Tickets are still available, but they’re going fast.
Hope to see ya’ Saturday.