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Wiseacre’s ‘Men Not Machines’ honors 175th anniversary of The Commercial Appeal

April 20, 2016 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Wiseacre's Men Not Machines

For 175 years, The Commercial Appeal has covered the news, events and people of Memphis.

The reporters and editors who helped usher the newspaper through the Civil War, Yellow Fever and the Josh Pastner era would no doubt celebrate a hard day’s work with a cold beer.

To mark the newspaper’s anniversary, Memphis’ Wiseacre Brewing Co. has brewed a limited-edition commemorative beer, Men Not Machines, that will be released this week.

The beer — a maibock with popcorn added, or maizebock —  was named after a 1941 article about how “men, not machines make newspapers.”

The release party for the beer will be Friday at Wiseacre’s taproom, 2783 Broad, starting at 4 p.m. Attendance is free, and the first 100 people to buy the beer will receive a commemorative glass.

Memphis Made releases exclusive beers for Gonerfest 12

September 22, 2015 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Fuzzbox IPA bottle picPress Release:

Memphis Made Brewing Co. is unleashing a dual beer attack for this year’s Gonerfest.

The Midtown brewery has brewed two beers for Gonerfest 12, a music festival spanning five days this week at various venues around town.

First up is Gonerbrau, a delicately hopped cream ale. At 4.5 percent ABV, this is a smooth beer made for drinking at a crowded Goner show.

For the second act, Memphis Made is bottling for the first time in a long time with a limited run of Fuzzbox IPA.

This beer (6.2 percent ABV) has a piney resin from New Zealand Rakau with hints of stone fruit head banging in the background.

Fuzzbox will be sold in 750 milliliter bombers with cover art by Seth Fountain.

“We don’t bottle often, but we’re big fans of Gonerfest and want to support it,” Andy Ashby, co-owner of Memphis Made, said. “Goner Records is our neighborhood record store and they work really hard to make this happen every year. We hope this beer makes a great festival that much better.”

Over the past 11 years, music fans from Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Central America and all across the United States have come to Memphis for Gonerfest.

This is the second year Memphis Made has brewed beer for Gonerfest. Last year, it bottled Guitar Attack IPA in 750 milliliter bombers.

“We love partnering with Memphis Made – it’s our neighborhood brewery and they make great beer,” Zac Ives, co-owner of Goner Records, said. “Nothing goes down better than a cold beer at the rock show. It’s the perfect fuel for a five-day rock and roll party.”

Ghost River Brewing releasing seasonal Honey Wheat in bottles

April 10, 2015 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Ghost River BrewingMemphis’ Ghost River Brewing is releasing its seasonal Honey Wheat ale in bottles.

Honey Wheat is Ghost River’s third beer in bottles and first seasonal to come off the Downtown brewery’s bottling line. The beer was bottled this week, so it should be hitting shelves soon.

Here’s Ghost River’s description of the beer: “Ghost River Honey Wheat is a play on a traditional American wheat beer, enhanced with locally sourced honey and sweet orange peel. The result is a slightly sweet beer with an inviting golden hue and a palette teasing note of orange on the finish.”

Ghost River Golden Ale and Riverbank Red, both year-round beers, are also available in bottles. Ghost River started bottling the Golden Ale back in the winter of 2011, just as the Memphis beer scene started to come to life.

Hops in Spring beer tasting event at University of Memphis on April 11 to benefit St. Jude

April 02, 2015 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Hops Into Spring - LogoThe Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management at the University of Memphis is hosting “Hops Into Spring,” a craft beer and gourmet burger tasting event benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The event will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 11 in the Grand Ballroom at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Avenue.

The beer tasting will feature beer from Wiseacre Brewing Co. and Eagle Distributing and local homebrew from the Memphis Brewers Association. Food will be prepared by the students.

Here’s more from the event organizers:

The event’s highlights include a best burger contest, a live performance by the University’s own Sound Fuzion band, a silent auction with items like a Basketball signed by Memphis Tigers Coach Josh Pastner and a Grizzlies Jersey autographed by two time NBA All-star Marc Gasol, a live auction featuring artwork created by University of Memphis students, a FedEx hub tour and flight simulator, a speed painting show, and more. Guests will also have a chance to win a certificate to attend a closed practice with Josh Pastner and the Tigers Basketball Team!

The students are planning the whole event and have the following social media accounts: @HopsIntoSpring on Twitter and Instagram, #HopsIntoSpring2015 to see the latest news, and find the event on Facebook.

Chris Browne, a Kemmons Wilson School student and the student chair for the event, said, “The experience of planning this event has been a memorable one for me and my classmates. Not only do we get a real world experience of planning an event, we also get the satisfaction of benefiting such a wonderful organization, the one that not only inspires us, but the entire world.”

Malorie Taff, a Kemmons Wilson student and a Décor Team member, said, “To me, this event is not only a grade or a line on my resume, but an opportunity to help the kids of St. Jude have a future and to raise awareness for the extensive research they accomplish at the hospital. It also helps me gain experience while I’m in school so when I graduate I have the knowledge necessary to be successful and to put me ahead of the competition.”

Cost will be $50 per person or $450 table of ten guests. Tickets can be purchased at www.stjude.org/uofmhops.