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New craft beers arriving in Memphis for 2012

January 11, 2012 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Memphis

To ring in the new year, craft beer distributor Southwestern Distributing is bringing some new beers to town.

Here’s a quick guide to the beers you’ll be seeing in Memphis to start 2012. Look for these beers soon at local retail establishments, as well as bars and restaurants.

Ruthless Rye Name: Ruthless Rye IPA
Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Style: Rye beer
ABV: 6.6%

The Ruthless Rye IPA is the latest seasonal offering from Sierra Nevada. According to Southwestern, the beer is “brewed with rustic rye grain for refined flavors that combine the peppery spice of rye with bright, citrusy flavors of whole-cone hops.” Since it’s a high-ABV beer, the Ruthless Rye will be available only at liquor stores and local bars and restaurants.

Bavik Pils Name: Bavik
Brewery: Bavik Brewery
Style: Pilsner
ABV: 5.2%

Bavik has been brewed in Belgium since 1894. According to globalbeer.com, Bavik “is considered one of the best Belgian Pilsners, and is certainly one that survived the onslaught by Interbrew-Labatt, which tried, and still tries to take over as many Belgian breweries as possible, to shut them down and to stop brewing their beers.”

Wittekerke Name: Wittekerke
Brewery: Bavik Brewery
Style: Belgian witbier
ABV: 5%

According to the book “Beers of the World,” this golden wheat beer was named after a popular Flemish TV soap opera set in a fictional village of the same name. The beer was launched as a promotional tie-in with the series. Wittekerke is brewed “according the time-honored method using a proportion of malted oats, as well as barley and wheat, to give the beer a smoother, fuller body and slightly sweeter flavor,” the book says.

That’s it for now, though more beers will be introduced as the year goes on. According to Southwestern, if you can’t find a beer you like at a certain retail store, find the manager and ask them to carry it.

What beers do you hope to see land in Memphis in 2012? Leave a comment below.

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7 Comments to “New craft beers arriving in Memphis for 2012”


  1. I’m still holding out hope for SweetWater in 2012. Nashville’s got it! Time to come to Memphis.

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  2. I agree with sweetwater. Anything new is exciting though.

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  3. David Twombly says:

    Don’t know if Boulevard will ever expand to our area, but it’d be pretty cool if they did.

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  4. If I were you, I’d e-mail those breweries over and over and ask them to come to Memphis. Once the demand for their beer is created, they may consider expanding to this area. I’d love to be able to pick up six-packs of Georgia Brown whenever I wanted, instead of whenever I head to Nashvegas. :(

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  5. Looking forward to that Rye IPA. Sweetwater would be baller. So would Caldera. Mmm.

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  6. Had the SN rye last night in a bottle at the Cordova Saucer. Pretty good, a bit heavier/maltier than I expected. Didn’t see it at the store yet.

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