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Nashville’s Tennessee Brew Works to begin distribution in Memphis

September 29, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Events, Memphis

Tennessee Brew WorksNashville’s Tennessee Brew Works is bringing its “finely tuned craft beer” to Memphis.

The microbrewery, which just celebrated its first anniversary, has selected A.S. Barboro as its Memphis distribution partner and will start sending kegs of beer to Bluff City bars, restaurants and growler shops this week.

“This is a big moment for us,” said Tennessee Brew Works co-founder Christian Spears, who added the brewery was thrilled to expand west into Memphis. The beer has been available so far in Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga and other Middle and East Tennessee locations.

Tennessee Brew Works’ five year-round, or “headliner” beers, will all be available in Memphis at various times. They are Southern WitExtra EasyCutaway IPABasil Ryeman and Country Roots, all low-gravity beers that will be available only on draft for now.

Spears said Southern Wit, which is available at the Tennessee Titans’ LP Field, has become the brewery’s best seller.

He described the brewery’s approach to making beer like that of a homebrewer, and “food is always in mind.”

“We want (the beer) to be unique and interesting … but we also try to make it approachable,” Spears said.

Tennessee Brew Works is planning sampling events at bars and restaurants over the next two weeks — most of them next week — as part of the brewery’s Memphis roll-out. Tennessee Brew Works will also serve its beer at the 5th annual Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest, coming up Oct. 11.

Memphis’ Ghost River Brewing releases Riverbank Red, 2nd year-round beer, in bottles

September 27, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Memphis

Ghost River BrewingGhost River Brewing has started bottling Riverbank Red, the Memphis brewery’s Irish-Style Red Ale.

Riverbank Red joins Golden Ale as Ghost River’s two year-round beers in bottles.

Riverbank Red was formerly called Copperhead Red and was the winner of the 2011 Great American Beer Festival silver medal in the Irish-Style Red Ale category — Ghost River’s first and only medal to date. The beer was originally brewed for the Memphis Redbirds.

The 1887 IPA is Ghost River’s third year-round beer, but it’s only available on draft. Ghost River has been bottling Golden Ale since 2011, when a bottling line was added as part of an expansion.

While it may be a few more weeks until Riverbank Red is widely distributed, the Midtown Cash Saver tweeted Friday that the beer was available at the store’s Madison Growler & Bottle Shop.

Memphis beer events: Wiseacre and High Cotton Oktoberfest celebrations, plus Bacon & Beer Fest

September 25, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

With the change of the seasons, Oktoberfest celebrations are upon us. Here are some Memphis beer celebrations over the next two weeks:

Wiseacre OktoberfestWiseacre Brewing Co.’s Oktoberfest is Saturday, Sept. 27, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the brewery, 2783 Broad Ave. The second-annual event features the Mighty Souls Brass Band playing polka music, $1 off beers for wearing German garb, plus $5 stein glass fills.

Andy & Michael from Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen and Hog and Hominy will be on site making some good eats, including sausage. Be Sweet Bakery will also be on hand with German-inspired desserts.

Wiseacre will have the final kegs of their German-style beers,  Dr. Gibbler Smoked Helles, Uncle Puppy Hefeweizen, Schweinhelmüt Berliner Weisse, Young Turk Pale Bock to go alongside the shining star of the day, Wiseacre’s Oktoberfest. There is no cover charge.


Oktoberfest MemphisHigh Cotton Brewing’s Oktoberfest Memphis is Saturday, October 4, from noon to 7 p.m. at the brewery, 598 Monroe Ave. The first-annual event will have something for everybody — circus performers, polka music, games for the kids, oh, and all the beer you want.

For $40, your “ticket to Bavaria” includes open taps all day, locally made bratwurst and other German fare, the first taste of High Cotton’s new Oktoberfest Lager, an exclusive beer selection not available in Memphis, plus fun and games for the entire family. Kids under 12 get in for free.

There’s also a VIP option for $75 that includes the following extras: all-you-can eat German-style buffet, locally raised whole pig roast, Oktoberfest t-shirt, expanded beer selection and a commemorative glass beer stein. You can buy tickets here. A portion of all proceeds go to Grow Memphis.


Drake & Zeke's Bacon and Beer FestivalDrake & Zeke’s Bacon and Beer Festival is Sunday, October 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Minglewood Hall parking lot, 1555 Madison Ave. The event, presented by 98.1 The Max, features beer and teams competing in a bacon cooking competition to win over $1,000 in cash prizes.

There will also a kids play area and music from Rosco Bandana, 2 Mule Plow, Will Tucker and Charvey. Admission is $7. Volunteers from the Ronald McDonald House will also be on site accepting donations.

More information about the event can be found here.


Lucky Town Brewing Co. to open brewery in Jackson, Miss., in November

September 23, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Travelin'

Mississippi’s Lucky Town Brewing Company, which helped raise startup funds in 2012 via Kickstarter, will open the doors to its new microbrewery in November.

The brewery today announced its grand opening on Nov. 7, as well as plans to release two beers in cans. Here’s more from Lucky Town:

Lucky Town BrewingFor Immediate Release: Jackson’s First Microbrewery Since Prohibition Set to Open

(Jackson, MS) – Lucky Town Brewing, a locally owned and operated craft microbrewery, will open its doors to their new brewing facility in Jackson, Mississippi in November for a weekend-long grand opening celebration.

On Friday, November 7, Lucky Town Brewing will provide brewery tours and tastings starting at 4:00pm with the last tour being offered at 7:00pm. Sip on your choice of Lucky Town beer while enjoying local live music, and try pairing your favorite beer with food available for purchase on-site by local food trucks, including Lurny D’s and Tito’s Tacos. The celebration, beer, food and music will continue on Saturday, November 8 from 11:00am – 3:00pm.

“Our intent has always been to strengthen the Jackson and Mississippi food & drink community by providing a locally brewed product,” said Chip Jones, co-founder of Lucky Town Brewing. “Cities all over the country have been fortunate to have direct access to local, artisanal beer, and we believe that Jackson deserves a brewery to call its own. We are thrilled to help bolster the thriving local restaurant and bar scene, and Lucky Town is committed to offering incredible beer for all of Mississippi’s craft-friendly establishments.”

The new brewing system will allow Lucky Town Brewing to add new styles to the lineup, and they will continue to provide their three year-round draft beers – a Belgian style blonde ale named Ballistic Blonde, an English style mild ale named Lucky Town Pub Ale, and an oatmeal stout named Flare Incident. Ballistic Blonde and Pub Ale will also be available in cans at your local groceries, convenience stores and other retailers beginning in November.

“We’ve been anxious to release canned Lucky Town beer for quite some time now, and after months of design and production we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Jones. “Our two best sellers, Ballistic Blonde and Pub Ale, will be the first beers released in cans, but we intend to offer several other beers in cans in 2015 – and yes, that does mean we will be offering brand new beers soon.”

Ballistic Blonde

Following the grand opening weekend, Lucky Town Brewing will offer brewery tours and tastings on Fridays 4:00 – 7:00pm and Saturdays 1:00 – 4:00pm, with the 2nd Saturday of each month including live music and food vendors on site. “In order to enhance the desired community aspect, we’re hosting a monthly event we call Sippin’ Saturday, where we will invite all the locals and visitors to join us for food, music, and of course great local beer,” said Angela Blackburn, Events Director of Lucky Town Brewing. “We will be teaming up with local chefs and musicians to spotlight all the great talent that Jackson and Mississippi has to offer.”

Tours will begin at the top of each hour, and $10 will get you admission to the tour, a complimentary tasting glass, and six beer samples. Lucky Town Brewing merchandise will also be available for purchase in the tasting room.

More information about Lucky Town Brewing can be found at www.luckytownbrewing.com. Learn more on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Pub Ale