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Memphis Made Brewing opens taproom in Cooper-Young to public today

November 21, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

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Hand-crafted beer from Memphis Made Brewing Co. can be found at more than 100 bars, restaurants and stores in Shelby County. But starting today, you can walk into the brewery, sit down, and enjoy a fresh pint straight from the source.

Memphis Made opens its doors to the public today with the official launch of its new Cooper-Young area taproom at 768 S. Cooper.

With eight beers on tap, Memphis Made will be open on Fridays from 4 to 9 p.m., with food trucks parked outside each night. Memphis Made plans to expand hours and days of operation soon.

For its launch, the taproom will be serving beer starting at noon today. Hot Mess food truck will also be selling burritos in the parking lot near the “I Love Memphis” mural.

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The brewery had a preview event Thursday night for friends and family. The taproom is sparse and industrial, with a dark wood lattice above the bar. It feels like you’re really drinking in a brewery, not a bar, amid the fermentation tanks, kegs and brewing equipment.

Founded by friends and Cooper-Young residents Andy Ashby and Drew Barton, the latter the former head brewer at French Broad Brewery in North Carolina, Memphis Made opened its production brewery last October. Ashby and Barton worked on ramping up production and getting their beers onto local taps before starting on the taproom, but they said they are looking forward to this new chapter for the brewery.

“Both Andy and I are just excited about the direct consumption with the customer, being able to sit down at our place and have a beer. It’s something I’ve really missed from French Broad: getting done with the work day, changing out of my boots … and walking over to the tasting room and having a beer. We’ve been looking forward to making that happen,” Barton said, pictured below.

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Memphis Made will be selling 20-ounce pints for $6 and 10-ounce pints for $3.

“We both really like a good 20-ounce English pint. It’s just always been one of our favorites. … And we’ve always been a fan of just being able to offer a half pint. If you’re sitting at the bar with a friend, and you don’t quite feel like having a full pint, there you go, you can get a half pint easy.”

Meanwhile, 64-ounce and 32-ounce growlers to go will be available, as well.

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A 1,000-square-foot patio facing York is Memphis Made’s new entrance, with a parking lot for customers just across the street.

“I think this is perfect for the neighborhood. It’s going to be very laid back,” Barton said. “I mean you’re drinking beer in a warehouse. It doesn’t get much more easy than that. It’s going to be very casual. It’ll probably be pretty packed in here these first couple of times we’re open, but it will kind of die down and people will be able to just hang out and chill.”

He added: “I’d love to see families in here. We’ve got a young family, and I know it’s tough to get out.”

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Memphis Made has produced more than a dozen beers its first year, from Plaid Attack!!!, a Scottish ale, to Reverberation, a Belgian coffee stout. But the brewery only recently settled on its first year-round beer, Lucid Kolsch.

“We know that it’s a much more approachable beer. And even in the winter time, even if we have the best intentions of making all these great winter beers, there’s some people that want something just like a Kolsch,” Barton said. “It’s a great beer. We love it. We love the style.”

Memphis Made also released a new special IPA this week, Hundo, brewed with Centennial hops, that will remind folks of Bell’s Two Hearted Ale.

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Memphis Made’s converted warehouse space is Memphis’ third brewery taproom, following the recent opening of tasting rooms at Wiseacre Brewing and High Cotton Brewing Co.

For the Memphis beer community, the opening of Memphis Made is just another sign of how far the scene has come in such a short time.

“It’s still very new, but it’s wonderful how much the customers have gravitated towards that,” Barton said.

“We’re all busting at the seems. I can hardly keep up with just draft. We hardly have time to put stuff in bottles right now. … We’d even love to see six packs happen, but we just don’t have the time or capacity to do it now.”

Nashville’s Yazoo Brewing releases new winter seasonal Scotch Ale

November 14, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer

Yazoo Brewing CompanyNashville’s Yazoo Brewing Company has released a new winter seasonal beer, the Yazoo Winter Scotch Ale.

Yazoo describes the beer as “a very malt forward beer made with a good bit of Maris Otter malts, boasting a deep copper color that matches the full bodied flavor.”

The beer will be available in stores in Tennessee and Mississippi, and is on tap now in Yazoo’s taproom.

Tried it yet? Let me know how it is in the comments below.

What a great week to welcome Yazoo Winter Scotch Ale.

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Memphis’ Wiseacre Brewing expands Mid-South distribution, adds brewery tours

November 14, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Memphis

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Press release:

WISEACRE EXPANDS MID-SOUTH DISTRIBUTION, ADDS BREWERY TOURS
Hometown brewery brings Memphis beer to North Mississippi and West Tennessee

Memphis, TN (November 2, 2014) — Memphis-based WISEACRE Brewing Company is sharing the love throughout the Mid-South by introducing its three year-round beers, along with a limited supply of specialty brews, into neighboring markets. Cans and kegs of WISEACRE’s Ananda India Pale Ale, Tarasque Saison, and Tiny Bomb American Pilsner, which was awarded a Bronze medal at the Great American Beer Festival in October, will be distributed in North Mississippi (Desoto County, Oxford, Tupelo, Starkville, Clarksdale) via Clark Beverage and in West Tennessee through Jackson, Tennessee-based Central Distributing. Both distributors will also supply these markets with WISEACRE’s seasonal and limited-edition beers as they are produced periodically throughout the year.

“Since Day One, we’ve had a better start to business than we could have ever imagined,” said WISEACRE’s brewmaster Davin Bartosch. “Whether it’s selling kegs to bars, cans at the retail level, or just across the bar in our Broad Avenue Tap Room, everything has exceeded expectations. The support of the Memphis community and the enthusiasm of WISEACRE fans made the expansion of equipment and staff possible earlier this year, and now they are enabling us to send beer into surrounding markets that have a great connection to Memphis already.”

Kellan Bartosch, Davin’s brother and business partner adds, “Memphis has a natural connection to our region from the history of the Delta Blues to the North Mississippi college student. That culture helps WISEACRE connect to the region as well. As we surveyed the beer and food scenes in Memphis’ surrounding communities, there were already a lot of folks who’d come all the way to our Tap Room to buy our beer and who were excited about getting our beer in their communities. It was just a matter of making sure that we could produce enough to supply those markets without jeopardizing our relationship with our loyal fans here at home. Those supporters, along with the unique tie WISEACRE has to the culture in Memphis, will always be the most important thing to us.”

In addition to expanding markets, WISEACRE will finally open up its doors for tours on to the public for weekly tours. Every Saturday at noon, starting on November 15th; the WISEACRE staff will give up to 40 guests a behind-the-scenes look at how WISEACRE brews its award-winning beer. Reservations can be made at wiseacrebrew.com. Additionally, starting November 13th, WISEACRE’s taproom has expanded hours, staying open until 9PM Thursday through Saturday.

WISEACRE opened in August of 2013 after the brothers gained experience working in the brewing industry around the country. Their brewery and taproom are located at 2783 Broad Ave where they made 27 beers in year one ranging from German lagers, to hoppy American styles, complex and boozy Belgian beers, and barrel aging to boot. For more information visit www.wiseacrebrew.com.

Memphis Made Brewing to open taproom Nov. 21

November 13, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

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Memphis Made Brewing Co. is opening its doors to the public with the official launch of its tap room Friday, Nov. 21.

The Cooper­-Young brewery is hosting a Choose 901 t-­shirt pick­up from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The tap room will stay open until 9 p.m., serving pints inside and growlers to go.

Hot Mess food truck will be providing the food, selling burritos in the brewery parking lot near the “I Love Memphis” mural.

“We’ve seen a lot of growth in our first year, and now we’re excited to get people into the brewery to see where the beer is brewed,” Andy Ashby, who founded Memphis Made Brewing with Drew Barton last October, said. “This tap room will help us to better connect with the community by letting us talk directly with our customers and host events.”

Memphis Made Brewing has hosted a fundraiser for Church Health Center and will be the site of another fundraiser, this one for the Cooper­-Young Community Farmers Market, on Nov. 16.

The brewery has been involved with local events from Gonerfest to Rock N’ Romp and will look for more ways to plug into the community.

Memphis Made Brewing’s new entrance is a 1,000-­square-­foot patio facing York Avenue.

Formerly a loading dock for Keathley Pie Company and Progressive Foods, the covered space is steps away from the future site of Aldo’s Pizza Pies Midtown location.

“We’ve been doing business with Memphis Made for more than a year and we’re looking forward to being their neighbors,” Aldo Dean, the creative force behind the Bardog Tavern, Slider Inn and Aldo’s Pizza Pies said. “We plan to open a bit after them and think it’ll be a great combination for the corner of Cooper and York. Not many things go together as well as pizza and beer.”

Memphis Made Brewing’s tap room will be open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. each Friday. The tap room’s hours and days of operation will be expanded later.

It will be serving 20 ounce pints, 10 ounce half pints and growlers.

Memphis Made Brewing has produced more than a dozen beers in its first year. It now produces one year round beer, Lucid Kolsch, as well as various seasonal offerings and limited edition beers such as Fireside Ninja, Junt, Plaid Attack!!!, Bent Note IPA and Reverberation, a Belgian coffee stout produced with locally roasted coffee from Reverb Coffee Co.

The brewery is releasing Hundo, an IPA with Centennial hops, this week.

Memphis Made Brewing Co. is a production brewery located at 768 S. Cooper St. in Midtown’s historic Cooper-­Young neighborhood. It currently self­-distributes kegs and bottled beer to nearly 100 bars, restaurants, grocery stores and liquor stores throughout Shelby County.