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A.S. Barboro giving away 300 limited-edition Memphis Grizzlies Coors Light cans

April 11, 2013 By: mike Category: Collections, Distribution, Events, Memphis

Memphis Grizzlies Coors Light CanA.S. Barbaro is celebrating Tax Day and the Memphis Grizzlies’ playoff berth by giving away free beer next week.

The Memphis-area MillerCoors distributor is giving away 300 limited-edition Memphis Grizzlies 24-ounce cans of Coors Light at an event at FedExForum on Monday, April 15.

The giveaway is first come, first served, and is limited to can per person, 21-years and up.

Here’s more from a press release:

To take Memphians’ minds off of having to pay income taxes, and instead focus our collective consciousness on the great news of the Memphis Grizzlies securing their third consecutive appearance in the NBA playoffs, MillerCoors Beer is giving away free beer on Tax Day at the FedEx Forum, home of the Grizzlies. … To thank A.S. Barboro and MillerCoors for their deeply refreshing support of the Grizzlies, Mayor A.C. Wharton will commemorate the event by giving the key to the city to Barboro General Manager Steve Hegdale. A representative of the Grizzlies will also be on hand to express the team’s thanks for MillerCoors’ support of the Grizzlies.”

WHAT:     Distribution of free, limited-edition Memphis Grizzlies cans of Coors Light

WHEN:     Monday, April 15. ID check starts at 10 a.m. Event begins at 11.

WHERE:  FedExForum, main entrance plaza, 191 Beale Street

WANTED: Ghost River Brewing bottle caps

October 17, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Collections, Memphis, Oddities

Ghost River caps
There’s a bottle cap collector in New Albany, N.Y., who’s trying to get his hands on some Ghost River Brewing bottle caps. And he needs your help, beer drinkers of Memphis.

This guy has over 20,000 caps in his collection, and he wants to add a few from Memphis’ lone production craft brewery.

“I e-mailed the brewery but my request for some caps fell on deaf ears, so I turn to the good craft beer drinkers of Memphis,” the collector wrote this afternoon in a plea on Craigslist.

If you can help him out, here’s the listing on Craigslist. He says he’ll pay for shipping costs and maybe some more.

Lamar Sorrento talks Natural Light beer

June 12, 2012 By: mike Category: Collections, Memphis, Oddities, Video

Beatles painting by folk artist Lamar Sorrento

This weekend I celebrated my 35th birthday and received an awesome gift from Sara, a Beatles painting by Lamar Sorrento. Sorrento is a Memphis folk artist whose affordable rock ‘n’ roll paintings have been collected by regular joes and celebrities like Keith Richards and Neil Young.

Sorrento, it turns out, also likes good beer, and is said to sometimes even trade his paintings for beer and cigarettes.

“theres nothing wrong with beer, as long as it good quality,” he writes in his stream of consciousness ‘about’ section on his website. “it brings out the best in me…the worst drunk people always drink the worst beer.,..i think…like Bud or Corona or swill like that..”

And then there’s Natural Light, “the new beer for the recession.” It inspired this funny video log from 2009, which ponders the lifelong question: Why is there a Natural Light, but no Natural? Lamar wants to know.

Stuart Gellis’ awesome sports beer can collection

June 11, 2012 By: mike Category: Beer Gear, Collections, Oddities

When the Memphis Grizzlies and Coors Light teamed up in February to release a 24-oz. special edition Memphis Grizzlies Coors Light beer can, it became an instant collectible. I got an e-mail from Stuart Gellis, of New Rochelle, New York, who has a collection of some 6,000 beer cans displayed at his house and wanted to add the Grizzlies commemorative can to his lot. I sent two cans to him in return for the guest post below. Thanks for sharing your story, Stuart! -Mike


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Thirty years ago, I discovered “Sports Beer Can” collecting as a substitute for baseball cards and memorabilia, which became too expensive for my wallet. Sports, beer and collecting were my passions, and this was an inexpensive way to satisfy my cravings.

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The vibrant colors and artwork were spectacular. My travels for work allowed me to visit beer outlets throughout the U.S., and I think I have been to every bar and store in every state, or so it seems. The search was exhilarating, and the cans were plentiful.

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I set up my own rules to determine what constituted a “Sports Can.” Each can must show or mention something related to a competitive sport, a specific team, an individual, an event, a schedule or a venue. Cans featuring cartoons, silhouettes, etc., of competitive sports figures in uniform may also qualify. Cans that show outdoors activities such as skiing, sailing, fishing or hunting don’t qualify unless there is reference to a competitive event. (These are my rules, but your rules might be different.)
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Using these criteria, I have been able to accumulate over 6,000 cans through buying, selling, trading and attending “breweriana” shows sponsored by the Brewery Collectibles Club of America (BCCA). Trading these cans with fellow collectors in all the states has been challenging but most enjoyable. I have met some of the nicest people you can imagine. All my cans are displayed in my basement mancave on shelves that I made of 2 1/2″ aluminum “L” strips screwed into the wall. There is no criteria as to how you might display your cans, as long as you enjoy yourself and have a beer on me. Cheers.