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Memphis Made Brewing to host inaugural “Cooper York Festival” on Saturday

September 09, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Memphis Made Cooper-Young Poster

On Saturday, tens of thousands of people will converge on Midtown for the annual Cooper-Young Festival.

Memphis Made Brewing Co., which calls Cooper-Young home, will be throwing its own party in the brewery’s parking lot, 768 S. Cooper, to coincide with the neighborhood festivities.

The inaugural “Cooper York Festival” — Memphis Made sits at Cooper and York, just down the road from Young — will feature games, food and craft brews from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“We’ll have Lucid Kolsch and Soulful Ginger, plus we’re brewing up an IPA with some New Zealand hops,” said Memphis Made’s Andy Ashby.

The event will feature food from Central BBQ and (soon-to-be-neighbor) Aldo’s Pizza Pies and games like Giant Jenga and corn hole. In addition, Memphis Made will be selling merchandise such as t-shirts, glasses and onesies.

Finally, there will be a Memphis Grizzlies-supported basketball art show, “No Easy Buckets: A Celebration of Art and Basketball,” presented by Double Scribble, as well as a pop-up basketball court and Grizz Gear.

So if you’re headed to Cooper-Young Saturday, be sure to stop at Cooper-York…

Tickets on sale for 5th annual Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest

September 02, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Cooper-Young Regional BeerfestTickets are on sale now for the 5th annual Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest in Midtown Memphis.

The festival, a fundraising event for the Cooper-Young Community Association, features breweries within a day’s drive from Memphis, plus beer from Memphis-area homebrewers.

This year’s event is Saturday, October 11, from 1 to 5 p.m., in the parking lot of Midtown Autowerks, 795 South Cooper.

Tickets are $35. The event has sold out every year, so pick your tickets up soon. You can buy them here.

Meanwhile, here’s a list of the brewers slated for the 2014 festival:

Schlafly – St. Louis

Piney River – Bucyrus, MO

Exit 6 – St. Charles, MO

Charleville – Ste. Genevieve, MO

Black Warrior – Tuscaloosa, AL

O’Fallon – O’Fallon, MO

Yazoo – Nashville

Shipyard/Sea Dog – Memphis

Straight to Ale – Huntsville, AL

SweetWater – Atlanta

Bluegrass – Louisville, KY

Abita – Abita Springs, LA

Country Boy – Lexington, KY

Boscos – Memphis

Bluff City Brewers – Memphis

Rocket Republic – Huntsville, AL

High Cotton – Memphis

Southern Prohibition – Hattiesburg, MS

Cahaba – Birmingham, AL

Blue Pants – Madison, AL

Memphis Made – Memphis

Urban Chestnut – St. Louis

Wiseacre – Memphis

Ghost River – Memphis

Blue Stallion – Lexington, KY

Yalobusha – Water Valley, MS

West Sixth – Lexington, KY

Crooked Letter – Ocean Springs, MS

Memphis Brewers Association – Memphis

Flying Saucer to host 5th annual Stumbling Elvis Pub Crawl on Saturday

August 08, 2014 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Flying SaucerThe Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Downtown Memphis will host its fifth annual Stumbling Elvis Pub Crawl on Saturday, Aug. 9, benefiting FedExFamilyHouse.

The festivities, which coincide with Elvis Week and involve drinking lots of good craft beer, will start at the Flying Saucer, 130 Peabody Place, at 7 p.m. From there, the pub crawl will move to several other downtown bars, including Blind Bear, Cafe Keough, Alfred’s and Purple Haze. Participants are invited to come dressed in their best Elvis or Priscilla attire, and folks will end the crawl back at the Saucer.

Sign up is free at the door, but monetary donations for FedExFamilyHouse are encouraged. Participants are also asked bring non-perishable snack food items (like snack crackers, fruit snacks, granola bars, etc.) and/or a new, stuffed animal to donate to the organization, which offers free accommodations for out-of-town families of patients at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

“Elvis Week is a big deal in Memphis, and we’re excited to host our annual Stumbling Elvis Pub Crawl again this year to celebrate and support FedExFamilyHouse,” said Kirk Caliendo, general manager of Flying Saucer. “Every year, hundreds of Elvis lookalikes participate in this event, and we thought it would be fun to add some Priscillas to the mix this year. We hope everyone will come out to support this great cause.”

For more information, call 901-523-8536.

Memphis’ Wiseacre Brewing announces Tarasque Saison as 3rd year-round beer

July 28, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Tarasque Saison

With an expansion completed a few weeks ago, Wisecare Brewing Co. let it be known that a third beer would be soon added to its year-round lineup.

Today, the Memphis brewery on Broad Avenue provided some real details.

Tarasque Saison, which “leans French but is loaded with Australian hops,” will join Ananda IPA and Tiny Bomb American Pilsener in the year-round lineup. Cans of Tarasque Saison will be available in a matter of weeks.

Here’s the full announcement from Wiseacre’s Facebook page:

We’re excited to announce Tarasque Saison as our 3rd year round beer. We’re still weeks away from having cans, but come celebrate the launch tomorrow evening at Chiwawa from 7-9 as we raffle off some swag like glassware, a hoodie, and more. Once again, artist Rachel Briggs research/styles/textures/personality/story telling/execution bring this beer to life in the most amazing ways.

Here’s a description of the beer:

The Tarasque was a (most likely) mythical creature that has the head of a lion, six bear legs, a turtle shell, and a scorpion tail. It was probably some sort of an insect dinosaur hellbeast. A lady nun sang it to sleep in French Wallonia allowing the town mob to end it’s life. Our saison leans French but is loaded with Australian hops. Superfruity and blossoming with yeasty spicy aromas, Tarasque is a beast you will want to overcome you, but it will softly sing you to sleep instead.