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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.

Wiseacre Brewing completes expansion, will add 3rd year-round beer to lineup

June 18, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Memphis’ Wiseacre Brewing Co. has just finished an expansion that’s added staff, fermentation space and two grain silos. The brewery is also planning to add a third beer to its year-round lineup. Here’s more from Wiseacre:

WISEACRE INCREASES PRODUCTION CAPACITY, STAFF

Local brewery’s rapid growth fueled by enthusiastic, loyal fan base
Wiseacre Logo
Memphis, TN (June 18, 2014) – WISEACRE Brewing Company is excited to announce the completion of an aggressive period of expansion that nearly tripled the nine month-old brewery’s production capacity, added 20 new jobs and created new outdoor seating areas for Tap Room guests. With the addition of 320 barrels of fermentation space, and two 60-thousand pound grain silos, WISEACRE will work towards meeting the growing demands for its two year-round beers Ananda and Tiny Bomb, which was recently named “Best Beer in Tennessee” by Southern Living magazine, as well as accommodate local bars’ increasing interest in carrying WISEACRE’s specialty brews. Later this year, WISEACRE plans to add a third year-round beer to its lineup. Co-owners and brothers Kellan and Davin Bartosch credit the enthusiastic support of the Memphis community with accelerating the need for this expansion.

“We knew Memphians would get behind us if we worked hard and had a great product, but we never anticipated such a tremendous response from restaurants, bars, stores and our Tap Room patrons,” said Kellan.

“Our experience working with great breweries and mentors in the industry gave us a good vision of how to make tasty beer then really grow WISEACRE and we hoped that one day we’d be able to bring that vision to life. And now it’s happening! We’re growing quicker than we ever thought and it’s pretty dang exciting!”

The expanded production facility as well as an added patio area at WISEACRE’s Tap Room on Broad has necessitated the creation of 4 new full-time and 16 new part-time positions in just the last few months, and the hiring is expected to continue through the rest of the year. WISEACRE’s brewing operation, led by brewmaster Davin Bartosch, has attracted talent all the way from Chicago and Montana.

“Our two new brewers, Andy McQuary and Brian Balough, who are big-time talents in the industry, were so excited about what we were doing here in Memphis that they jumped at the opportunity to join the WISEACRE team,” said Davin. “That our peers respect and admire WISEACRE enough to move across the country to be here, on top of the fact that we can create jobs in Memphis, makes us feel great. We didn’t want to just get a brewery open. We wanted to establish something great for Memphis that would grow with the community and, after months and months of hard work and 20-hour days, it’s starting to feel that way.”