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Memphis Made Brewing to host inaugural “Cooper York Festival” on Saturday

September 09, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Memphis Made Cooper-Young Poster

On Saturday, tens of thousands of people will converge on Midtown for the annual Cooper-Young Festival.

Memphis Made Brewing Co., which calls Cooper-Young home, will be throwing its own party in the brewery’s parking lot, 768 S. Cooper, to coincide with the neighborhood festivities.

The inaugural “Cooper York Festival” — Memphis Made sits at Cooper and York, just down the road from Young — will feature games, food and craft brews from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“We’ll have Lucid Kolsch and Soulful Ginger, plus we’re brewing up an IPA with some New Zealand hops,” said Memphis Made’s Andy Ashby.

The event will feature food from Central BBQ and (soon-to-be-neighbor) Aldo’s Pizza Pies and games like Giant Jenga and corn hole. In addition, Memphis Made will be selling merchandise such as t-shirts, glasses and onesies.

Finally, there will be a Memphis Grizzlies-supported basketball art show, “No Easy Buckets: A Celebration of Art and Basketball,” presented by Double Scribble, as well as a pop-up basketball court and Grizz Gear.

So if you’re headed to Cooper-Young Saturday, be sure to stop at Cooper-York…

Tickets on sale for 5th annual Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest

September 02, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Cooper-Young Regional BeerfestTickets are on sale now for the 5th annual Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest in Midtown Memphis.

The festival, a fundraising event for the Cooper-Young Community Association, features breweries within a day’s drive from Memphis, plus beer from Memphis-area homebrewers.

This year’s event is Saturday, October 11, from 1 to 5 p.m., in the parking lot of Midtown Autowerks, 795 South Cooper.

Tickets are $35. The event has sold out every year, so pick your tickets up soon. You can buy them here.

Meanwhile, here’s a list of the brewers slated for the 2014 festival:

Schlafly – St. Louis

Piney River – Bucyrus, MO

Exit 6 – St. Charles, MO

Charleville – Ste. Genevieve, MO

Black Warrior – Tuscaloosa, AL

O’Fallon – O’Fallon, MO

Yazoo – Nashville

Shipyard/Sea Dog – Memphis

Straight to Ale – Huntsville, AL

SweetWater – Atlanta

Bluegrass – Louisville, KY

Abita – Abita Springs, LA

Country Boy – Lexington, KY

Boscos – Memphis

Bluff City Brewers – Memphis

Rocket Republic – Huntsville, AL

High Cotton – Memphis

Southern Prohibition – Hattiesburg, MS

Cahaba – Birmingham, AL

Blue Pants – Madison, AL

Memphis Made – Memphis

Urban Chestnut – St. Louis

Wiseacre – Memphis

Ghost River – Memphis

Blue Stallion – Lexington, KY

Yalobusha – Water Valley, MS

West Sixth – Lexington, KY

Crooked Letter – Ocean Springs, MS

Memphis Brewers Association – Memphis

Memphis’ Wiseacre Brewing announces Tarasque Saison as 3rd year-round beer

July 28, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Tarasque Saison

With an expansion completed a few weeks ago, Wisecare Brewing Co. let it be known that a third beer would be soon added to its year-round lineup.

Today, the Memphis brewery on Broad Avenue provided some real details.

Tarasque Saison, which “leans French but is loaded with Australian hops,” will join Ananda IPA and Tiny Bomb American Pilsener in the year-round lineup. Cans of Tarasque Saison will be available in a matter of weeks.

Here’s the full announcement from Wiseacre’s Facebook page:

We’re excited to announce Tarasque Saison as our 3rd year round beer. We’re still weeks away from having cans, but come celebrate the launch tomorrow evening at Chiwawa from 7-9 as we raffle off some swag like glassware, a hoodie, and more. Once again, artist Rachel Briggs research/styles/textures/personality/story telling/execution bring this beer to life in the most amazing ways.

Here’s a description of the beer:

The Tarasque was a (most likely) mythical creature that has the head of a lion, six bear legs, a turtle shell, and a scorpion tail. It was probably some sort of an insect dinosaur hellbeast. A lady nun sang it to sleep in French Wallonia allowing the town mob to end it’s life. Our saison leans French but is loaded with Australian hops. Superfruity and blossoming with yeasty spicy aromas, Tarasque is a beast you will want to overcome you, but it will softly sing you to sleep instead.

Memphis Made expands capacity at Cooper-Young brewery, releases new IPA

July 26, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Drew Barton at Memphis Made

Drew Barton, head brewer at Memphis Made Brewing, stands next to the brewery’s new 30-barrel fermenters. The expansion brings Memphis Made’s capacity to roughly 1,500 barrels per year.

Press release:

Memphis Made Brewing Co. Growing Operations

Less than a year after starting production, Memphis’ newest brewery has already expanded its capacity.

Memphis Made Brewing Co., located in Cooper­-Young, has installed three new fermenters which will allow it to brew more than twice as much fresh, local beer.

“We’re following our growth plan, although this expansion has come a little sooner than we thought,” Andy Ashby, co­-founder of Memphis Made, said. “The demand for more local beer has been great and we’re working as hard as we can to fill it.”

Memphis Made currently sells and distributes kegs and bottled beer to more than 60 bars, restaurants, grocery stores and liquor stores throughout Shelby County.

This expansion will allow the company, which opened last October, to start adding more accounts.

Part of the reason Memphis Made has been able to expand is due to its hand­-bottled offerings, paired with liquor stores being able to carry low­-gravity beers.

Memphis Made hand­ bottles its beer in 750 milliliter bottles, changing styles every month or so. It’s currently releasing Bear Cat, an unfiltered India Pale Ale with Simcoe, Chinook, Citra and Mosaic hops.

The brewery has added several liquor store accounts since the law changed in early July, starting with Yorkshire Liquors in East Memphis.

“We’re really excited to carry more local beer,” Jeff Howell, co­-owner of Yorkshire Liquors, said. “The changes in the law have opened up a lot of new offerings for us, including the Memphis Made beers. Our customers really like a good variety of beers, especially the local ones, and it’s been good to be able to offer these.”