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High Cotton Brewing gets $50,000 ‘storefront improvement’ grant for taproom project

April 16, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

High Cotton renderings

Memphis’ High Cotton Brewing Co. today was awarded a $50,000 Storefront Improvement Grant from the Center City Development Corp. to help in the construction of its new taproom.

The craft brewery’s taproom, which is being designed by Graham Reese Design Group (see renderings on this post), will occupy about 1,000 square feet of the building’s total space of 10,000 square feet. You’ll be able to buy pints and drink them in the taproom or buy kegs, growlers and bottles to go. No food will be served, but High Cotton is working with local food trucks to provide food options to patrons.

High Cotton has been distributing its locally-brewed beers to Memphis bars and restaurants since June 2013. The taproom is expected to open in June.

High Cotton rendering

The expansion will cost about $227,450, of which “storefront improvement” costs total about $123,000, according to paperwork filed with the Center City Development Corp. The grant will help cover expenses such as exterior signage, exterior lighting, design/permit fees, restoration/rehabilitation and storefront windows and doors.

High Cotton is located at 598 Monroe Avenue in the Edge District in Downtown.

High Cotton rendering

The staff of the Center City board had this to say about the project in recommending it for approval:

Staff first met with the applicant and began conversations about a possible CCDC incentive over eighteen months ago. Staff’s interest in this project is not only due to the current substandard condition of the facade, but rooted in a sincere belief that this project will be impactful and add appreciable life and vibrancy to the Edge neighborhood.

Local craft breweries with tap and tasting rooms can attract people and activity to an area. It is not hard to imagine that High Cotton Brewing will become a destination in the Edge District and can serve as a place for neighborhood gathering and community. Moreover, the City of Memphis has recently placed an increased focus on the Edge and the Medical Center as a potential “Innovation District.” A successful brewery with a thriving retail component is consistent with that goal.

Redevelopment of this building may very well be a critical step in attracting additional investment to the Monroe Avenue corridor. Without the Storefront Improvement Grant, the applicant would likely only focus on the interior work and may delay or forgo the needed exterior improvements. Approving a Grant in this case will leverage the applicant’s already considerable investment in the neighborhood and allow them an opportunity to make the necessary permanent improvements and upgrades to the facade.

High Cotton renderings

Memphis Beer Week: Boscos hosting Brewmaster’s Dinner on April 22

April 16, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Boscos logoBoscos Squared in Midtown is hosting a Brewmaster’s Dinner on Tuesday, April 22, during Memphis Beer Week.

The dinner is $50 per person and starts at 6:45 p.m. For reservations, call 901- 432-2222.



~Famous Flaming Stone Beer ~


Mini Pork and Black Bean Tamale

Roasted Pork, Black Beans, and Goat Cheese; Encrusted in Masa Dough. Baked in a

Plantain Leaf

~Irish Red ~


Top Shelf Margarita Shrimp Salad

Tequila, Grand Marnier, and Lime Marinated Grilled Shrimp with Yellow Bell Peppers,

Avocado, Crispy Corn Tortillas over Romaine

~Bocsos Award Winning Hefeweizen ~

Bob White Quail with Guajillo Chile & Coffee Bean BBQ sauce



Served with Corn Grits

~Bourbon Oak Aged Ale~

Sea Bass

Grilled Sea Bass Topped with Pistachio Beurre Blanc

Served on a Bed of Soba Noodles with Spring Vegetable

~Ice Age Pale Ale~


Drunken Black Forrest Cake

Topped with Fresh Berries and Crème Anglaise

~Oatmeal Stout~


You can see the full list of official Memphis Beer Week events here.

Memphis Beer Week: Yazoo’s ‘Barely a 4K’ Beer Run on April 24 to benefit WEVL

April 15, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Yazoo Barely a 4KNashville’s Yazoo Brewing Co. is bringing its ‘Barely a 4K’ Beer Run back to the Bluff City for next week’s Memphis Beer Week.

The run is Thursday, April 24, and starts and ends at Slider Inn in Midtown. Check-in begins at 5 p.m., and the run starts at 6.

You’ll get a free T-shirt and beer at the finish line for your $25 entry free. In addition, Yazoo is donating $10 of each entry fee to WEVL 89.9, Memphis’s volunteer radio station, so you can run, drink beer and help out a great local organization at the same time. Yazoo is capping the run at 200 participants.

Sign up for the run here.

You can see the full list of official Memphis Beer Week events here.

Tennessee legislature approves bill to raise alcohol cap on beer

April 14, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Government

A bill that will raise the alcohol cap on beer in Tennessee in 2017 was approved today by the state House of Representatives in a 72-12 vote.

The bill, which was approved last week by the state Senate and now heads to the desk of Gov. Bill Haslam for his signature, was spearheaded by the Tennessee Craft Brewer’s Guild through its “Fix the Beer Cap” campaign.

Fix the Beer CapdFor craft beer drinkers, it’s a significant step forward, but not everything many hoped for.

In Tennessee, beer has traditionally been defined as a fermented malt beverage containing 5% or less alcohol by weight. That definition means any beers over that limit — which includes many styles of beers, from Belgians to IPAs to stouts — are considered “high-gravity” beers and can only be purchased in liquor stores.

The bill will increase the 5% limit to 8% ABW. In terms most beer drinkers are familiar with, instead of the current 6.2 alcohol by volume limit, beers up to 10.1% ABV will be allowed on shelves anywhere beer is sold.

An earlier proposal would have increased the ABW limit to 12%, but that was lowered as part of a compromise.

Another concession was this: the bill does not take effect until Jan. 1, 2017, meaning it will be two-and-a-half years before higher-gravity beers are sold outside of liquor stores, and six months after the first bottles of wine are allowed in grocery stores.

“Yes, this is a compromise as far as how high the cap was raised and the timeline for doing so. The committee members indicated to our sponsors that our bills were going nowhere until there was a compromise between the brewers and beer wholesalers on one side, and the liquor retailers and wholesalers on the other,” according to the Fix the Beer Cap Facebook page.

The bill will also have another effect — you’ll likely see more higher-gravity beers sold in Tennessee breweries. The bill included an amendment that allows brewers who hold a high-gravity brewing license to sell high-gravity beers at their breweries without additional licenses, starting July 1, 2014.

Linus Hall, president of the Tennessee Craft Brewers Guild, took to Twitter to celebrate the bill’s passage.

“Progress is progress,” he wrote. “I’ll be drinking to that tonight.”