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Beer-giant Anheuser-Busch to trademark airport code for Memphis, 41 others

July 02, 2012 By: grant Category: Beer in the news

The Memphis Business Journal reported last week that megabrewer Anheuser-Busch filed a trademark applications for 42 airport codes, including Memphis (MEM) and Nashville (BNA).

Beerpulse.com has additional information, including the full list. Seems kinda like abuse of the trademark system to me. What do you think? What would a MEM brew be?

Knoxville’s Marble City Brewing Co. to become Saw Works Brewing Co. after legal dispute

May 14, 2012 By: mike Category: Beer in the news, Breweries, Craft beer

Knoxville’s Marble City Brewing Company, which has been embroiled in a trademark dispute with New Mexico’s Marble Brewery, is getting a new name.

Marble City Brewing Company is becoming Saw Works Brewing Co., reports Knox Beer Snobs.

The new name was inspired by the history of the building that houses the Marble City Brewing Company — it was built in 1960 facilitate the expansion of Wallace Saw Works, once the largest sharpening and refinishing shop of saw blades in the southeast, the blog reports.

But that’s not the only big news from the Knoxville craft brewery.

It’s hired Dave Ohmer, formerly of Woodruff Brewing Company, as Head Brewer, Marble City revealed last week on its Facebook page.

We are excited to announce that we have hired Dave Ohmer as our new Head Brewer, and that he has spent the past several weeks revamping our brewing system, getting us ready to get back to our roots — brewing high-quality, locally-sourced English-style ales. As production ramps back up with Head Brewer Dave at the helm, we’ll be having a few changes at the Quarry for the month of May — call it “Friends Month.” As we’re ordering our grains and getting our yeasts, we want to know what your favorite beers are. So, in addition to a few taps of the “old” Marble City, Dave has picked out several of his favorite beer styles and brands, and for May, we’ll be carrying them in the Quarry. Come on down, try some of our favorite beers, and let us know what you think. And as always, thank you all for supporting and standing by us. Cheers!”

For more on all the changes at Marble City Brewing Co., check out the Knox Beer Snobs blog.

High Cotton Brewing plans to open microbrewery near Downtown Memphis

April 25, 2012 By: mike Category: Beer in the news, Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Mike Lee

Mike Lee, owner of Mid-South Malts, is among the investors in High Cotton Brewing Company.

A team of investors has an option on a building in the Edge District near Downtown and plans to open a microbrewery in the space by year’s end.

High Cotton Brewing Company LLC has a contract to buy an 8,778-square-foot building at 598 Monroe, across from Kudzu’s Bar & Grill, and plans to start a craft brewing operation, according to several media reports. The building is a former auto parts distributorship.

High Cotton would be only the third brewery in Memphis after Midtown brewpub Boscos and Boscos’ sister brewery, Ghost River Brewing, a microbrewery in Downtown.

High Cotton’s partners include longtime brewer Mike Lee, owner of homebrew supply shop Mid-South Malts; Brice Timmons, a lawyer with Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee, P.C.; Ryan Staggs, an engineer with Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division; and Ross Avery, a pilot with United Airlines. There is also a fifth silent partner in the venture.

High Cotton’s primary business would be selling kegs to local bars and restaurants, but it also plans to open a taproom with limited hours. That aspect of the business would require an amendment to the city’s alcoholic beverage ordinance and city and county zoning codes, according to The Commercial Appeal. Current rules don’t allow beer consumption in establishments that don’t serve food.

High Cotton will brew with a seven-barrel system, producing 14 kegs of beer at a time, the Memphis Business Journal reports, and plans to open with two regular beers.

We’re trying to formulate recipes that are very well-crafted and flavorful, and more geared towards the craft drinker – that’s our goal,” Lee told the Memphis Daily News. “We anticipate being very customer-friendly. We want to craft beers that people really want to drink.”

Stay tuned for more on High Cotton from FuzzyBrew. Meanwhile, what would you like to see from Memphis’ newest brewery? Leave a comment below.

G. Love, New Belgium to brew up some special sauce

April 17, 2012 By: mike Category: Beer in the news, Breweries, Craft beer

G. Love

Musician and homebrewer G. Love is collaborating with New Belgium to brew a peach beer. (Photo courtesy G. Love and Special Sauce.)

Musician and songwriter Garrett Dutton, better known as G. Love of G. Love and Special Sauce, is teaming up with New Belgium Brewing Company to brew a peach beer this summer.

The beer will be part of New Belgium’s Lips of Faith series and will tentatively be called Front Porch Peach Lounger, after a song on the musician’s 2004 album “The Hustle” called “Front Porch Lounger,” reports The Coloradoan.

G Love brewed his first batch of home-brew for his 11th-grade chemistry project called B and G’s Bare Beer, which he served in Dixie Cups at school. ‘Since then, we always try local craft brews every night on the road. I have been trying to find a partner to make some tasty brews for years. When the opportunity to work with New Belgium on their Lips of Faith series arose, I jumped at the chance to start brewing again,” Dutton said in an email. “I’ve been a longtime fan of New Belgium’s brews, and I’ve been drinking them for years. I even have a Fat Tire cruiser that I ride surfing every day.” [source]

The beer, which will made with Jersey Peaches, molasses, grits and biscuit malt, is scheduled to be brewed in July, so look for it later this year.