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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
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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.”

Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewing to launch distribution in Memphis next week

June 12, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Events, Memphis

SweetWater-LineupThe long-awaited arrival of SweetWater Brewing Company beers in Memphis is finally happening.

The Atlanta-based brewery announced today that it will begin distribution in the Bluff City — in cans, bottles and on draft — starting Monday, June 16. Budweiser of Memphis will be SweetWater’s distribution partner.

Here’s the full press release:

SWEETWATER BREWING COMPANY TAPS INTO MEMPHIS THIS JUNE

Southeastern craft brewery announces distributor, launch events and beer lineup coming to local shelves and taps

ATLANTA (June 2014) – SweetWater Brewing Company is ready to make a move Westward with the announcement it will open up distribution to Memphis, TN later this month. Shortly after the brewery’s $19 million expansion, SweetWater – ranked as one of the nation’s top 20 craft breweries according to the Brewer’s Association – will be bringing its lip-smackin’ lineup to the area on June 16.

Through diligent planning and wholesaler assignments, SweetWater proudly announces they will be working with Budweiser of Memphis to begin flowing in the market. While SweetWater has been available in Eastern parts of the state since 2005, Memphis will round out distribution statewide for thirsty locals. The brewery’s current footprint covers the Southeastern United States including Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Louisiana and Virginia.

“We’ve had our hands full expanding the brewery while simultaneously launching our new can line and conditioning process,” said SweetWater Founder and Big Kahuna Freddy Bensch. “With that under our belts, we’re finally at a place where we feel we’ve ramped up production enough to move further West and bring Memphibians the brews they’ve been training for!”

SweetWater is bringing their notoriously hoppy ales to the area starting with its flagship, 420 Extra Pale Ale, and IPA on draft at bars and restaurants, alongside bottles, cans and Tackle Box variety packs in off-premise grocery, package and specialty bottle shops including:

• 420 Extra Pale Ale – SweetWater’s 420 is a West Coast style pale ale with big hops and a crisp finish. First brewed on April 20, 1997, this beer has developed quite the following in the Southeast. 420 is extremely well-balanced which makes it a perfect introduction to a new town…that’s why we say “drink ‘em if you got ‘em!” Rolling out in six-pack bottles and 12-pack cans.

• SweetWater IPA – This mammoth India Pale Ale (IPA) is dry-hopped to the gills delivering a kick-you-in-the-teeth hop chop. The brew is unfiltered to leave all the natural flavors intact. SweetWater IPA won first place in a blind tasting against 15 of the best IPA’s in the country held by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Rolling out in six-pack bottles and 12-pack cans.

• SweetWater Blue – SweetWater Blue is a unique, lighter-bodied wheat ale enhanced with blueberries. This brew’ll give folks a good whiff of a blueberry influence, with a subtle taste and an extra clean finish. This ain’t no fruit beer, but it is our breakfast beer, and perfect for hanging on a warm Memphis day. Rolling out in six-pack bottles.

• SweetWater Tackle Box – The SweetWater Tackle Box variety pack is a hefty 12-pack collection featuring three of SweetWater’s favorite year round brews, along with a fourth catch and release seasonal specialty in each box.

A crew from SweetWater will taste their way around the area with sampling celebrations and sponsored events kicking off Tuesday, June 17 and running throughout the week. For the full schedule and participating locations, visit SweetWater’s Facebook Page.

Online fans can wet their whistles too by following the Tennessee Facebook page for details on how to enter SweetWater’s “Catch a Trout Tap” contest rewarding the first locals to spot their tap handles with free SweetWater Schwag.

To learn more about SweetWater Brewing Company and its full lineup, visit www.sweetwaterbrew.com.