Across the bridge in West Memphis, Ark., there’s a big Walgreens that sells a lot of liquor and beer. For Memphis craft beer fans, it’s just a short drive to get some beers that aren’t distributed in Memphis.
I crossed the bridge into West Memphis this weekend to restock my beer closet and grab some sixers for an upcoming craft beer party.
Here’s what I found at the Walgreens that you can’t get in Memphis:
• Three beers from New Belgium’s Explore Series — Ranger, Trippel and Abbey. $8.99 a six-pack. Budweiser of Memphis, which distributes New Belgium in Memphis, has never gotten its license to distribute higher alcohol beers. That’s why you can get a Fat Tire, but not a Ranger. Let’s hope this changes soon.
As an added bonus, you get to experience some Arkansas culture on your visit to West Memphis!
First, a woman in front of me in line tried to haggle with the cashier to get a discount on her case of boxed wine. After that, a middle-aged guy was rebuffed when trying to buy a case of beer for a young-looking guy who was with him and had no ID. The kid gave the man money right in front of the cashier. There was a loud argument with the cashier, a manager was summoned and the guy and his young friend stormed off, beer-less. It was all pretty entertaining.
Anyway, here’s the details on finding the Walgreens. (Remember, no beer sales on Sundays.)
1800 N. Missouri St., Ste 2
West Memphis, Arkansas, 72301