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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

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.