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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.”

Local Gastropub Downtown hosting Memphis Made beer dinner on Tuesday

July 07, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events

Memphis Made beer dinner

Local Gastropub in Downtown is hosting a beer dinner featuring Memphis Made Brewing Co. on Tuesday, July 8, at 7 p.m.

Here’s more from Memphis Made:

It’s a four-course meal prepared by Chef Russell and paired with some Memphis Made favorites and new arrivals. Tickets are only $35 and can be purchased by calling Kari at 581-0541 or through email at kari@localcaters.com.

The first course is Lucid Kolsch paired with Arugula salad, goat cheese crumbles, toasted pine nuts, slivered onion, roasted tomato and garlic vinaigrette.

Next will be Bearcat IPA with blackened redfish, curried parsnip mash and mustard sabayon, followed by Junt with ancho chili rubbed and smoked pork tenderloin, herbed spaetzel and plum peanut chutney.

Finally, we’ll have Soulful Ginger served with pumpkin panna cotta, almond anglaise and rum-soaked raisins.”

High Cotton Brewing opens taproom in Memphis’ Edge District

June 30, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

High Cotton taproom

High Cotton Brewing Co. cut the ribbon on its new taproom in Memphis earlier this month.

Like its old-school name, High Cotton’s taproom has a rustic feel with both farmhouse and urban touches. It’s a welcome addition to Memphis’ Edge District, just outside of Downtown.

High Cotton’s 1,000-square-foot-taproom, now open three nights a week, is only the second tasting room to open inside a Memphis brewery following the opening of Wiseacre Brewing Co. on Broad last summer.

The centerpiece at High Cotton is surely the beautiful wooden bar with a light-bulb “BEER!” sign behind it, appearing now on Instagram feeds citywide.

And of course there’s High Cotton’s excellent beer. You can buy a growler to go or enjoy a pint on premise of favorites like High Cotton’s Scottish Ale, ESB or Saison, as well as seasonal and special brews.

Here are some more photos from High Cotton’s recent grand opening:

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High Cotton taproom

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High Cotton taproom

High Cotton Brewing
Address: 598 Monroe Avenue, across from Kudzu’s Bar & Grill
Web: highcottonbrewing.com
Hours:
Thursday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.