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Memphis Made beers make Memphis debut

October 14, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Events, Memphis

Memphis Made debut

Memphis Made Brewing Company launched distribution in Memphis over the weekend, making it the third craft brewery to open for business in the Bluff City in the past year.

Founders Drew Barton and Andy Ashby tapped kegs of their brews at bars and restaurants Friday and Saturday. Those locations — Flying Saucer in Cordova and Downtown, Young Avenue Deli, Aldo’s Pizza Pies, Bardog Tavern and the Slider Inn — are the only places to buy Memphis Made on draft for now. Memphis Made is self-distributing and will slowly expand to other places in the coming weeks and months.

“There were a few hiccups, but overall it went well. People really seemed genuinely excited about trying new local beer,” Ashby said.

“It was great tapping kegs at the Flying Saucer where Drew and I met and where we learned a lot about beer. It was also fun being part of the Slider Inn’s Oktoberfest. The best part, however, was just getting a chance to chat with people about our passion: fresh, local beer.”

Memphis Made’s two inaugural brews are actually one-offs or special beers — offerings that won’t be in the production brewery’s year-round line-up.

South Cooper Saison is a brown saison that head brewer Barton fermented at 85 degrees with Belgian Saison yeast. It’s a complex beer with a hefty amount of spice and hints of banana.The Parkways Pale Ale, a malt-forward pale, was brewed with Nugget and Delta hops. Its name pays homage to Memphis’ parkway system and the streets that formed one of the city’s earliest boundaries.

“There was a great turn-out this weekend at both area Flying Saucer locations to receive a first taste of Memphis Made brew,” said Kirk Caliendo, Flying Saucer district manager.

“Both the saison and pale seemed to be even in popularity. I think the brown saison is my favorite of the two.”

This week, Barton said he is brewing a red ale with Munich malt, roasted malt, flaked oats, flaked barley and English hops.  After that, there will be a porter and a Belgian Wit on tap before Memphis Made unveils its IPA, the first of the brewery’s year-round beers. A Kolsch — Memphis Made’s other planned year-round beer — will follow later.

Cooper-Young Regional BeerfestMemphis Made is located at 768 S. Cooper, just south of Central, in the Cooper-Young neighborhood.

Barton and Ashby are among the organizers of the Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest, which is coming up this Saturday (Oct. 19) at Midtown Autowerks, 795 S. Cooper. The Midtown beer festival, which is in its 4th year, features craft beers from breweries within a day’s drive of Memphis.

This time, Barton and Ashby get to serve their own beer at their neighborhood festival.

“It’ll be strange, but in a good way,” Ashby said. “Drew and I helped start the festival with several friends years ago, so it will be fun to be on the other side of it.”

Nashville’s Blackstone Brewing Co. wins silver medal at Great American Beer Festival

October 12, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Competition, Craft beer

St. Charles Porter

Blackstone’s St. Charles Porter, 2013 silver medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver

Nashville’s Blackstone Brewing Co. won a silver medal Saturday in the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

Blackstone’s St. Charles Porter won second place in the Brown Porter category. It was the 8th win at GABF for the St. Charles Porter and Blackstone’s 12th medal since 1996.

No other brewery in Tennessee took home medals in Denver this year, and no Mississippi or Arkansas breweries were winners.

The 2013 Great American Beer Festival competition, which awarded 252 medals, is the largest commercial beer competition in the world. In its 27th year, the 2013 competition surpassed all previous participation records.

Award-winning brewers received gold, silver and bronze medals in 84 beer categories covering 138 different beer styles (encompassing subcategories), establishing the best examples of each style in the U.S. Winners were chosen from 4,809 competition entries from 745 breweries, hailing from 49 states, plus Washington, D.C.

View all the winners here.

Wiseacre Brewing news: Ananda IPA cans for sale at Superlo, Oktoberfest party Saturday

October 11, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Memphis

Ananda display

The first cans of Wiseacre Brewing Company beer are hitting Memphis store shelves, albeit slowly.

Wiseacre’s Ananda IPA (6.2% ABV) is now available in six-packs for $7.59 at the Superlo Foods, 4744 Spottswood Avenue, in East Memphis. You can also buy the cans at Wiseacre’s brewery at 2783 Broad Avenue.

Quantities are extremely limited for now as brothers Davin and Kellan Bartosch, founders of Wiseacre, get the new canning line running smoothly and continue to provide beer to the establishments that serve Wiseacre on draft.

“We don’t want anyone who has our beer to run out,” Kellan said.

The brewery has been open for just over a month, and growing to meet the rising demand is a challenge, he added.

So far, Ananda is the only beer that’s been canned, but there are plans to can Wiseacre’s other year-round beer — Tiny Bomb American Pilsner — soon.

In other Wiseacre news, there will be an Oktoberfest celebration at the brewery Saturday from 1 to 8 p.m., featuring the Mighty Souls Brass Band. Wiseacre will be tapping its Oktoberfest beer (5.9% ABV) and there will be German food from Grawmeyer’s. Oktoberfest pints are $1 off if you’re wearing German garb, so wear your lederhosen. Also, if you have a stein with a clearly marked liter line, you can get it filled for $8.

Memphis Made beers to debut this weekend

October 08, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Events, Memphis

Memphis MadeMemphis Made Brewing Company will launch its distribution in the Memphis area this weekend, with kegs of Memphis Made beer to be tapped Friday at both Flying Saucer locations.

Co-founders Drew Barton and Andy Ashby will tap the first kegs — South Cooper Saison and Parkways Pale Ale — at the Cordova Flying Saucer at 5:30 p.m. and then head to the Downtown Flying Saucer at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, Memphis Made beers will be available at Young Avenue Deli, Aldo’s Pizza Pies, Bardog Tavern and the Slider Inn.

“Since we self-distribute, we’re only opening in a handful of bars and restaurants initially,” Ashby said in a press release. “We plan to ramp up production slowly, always focusing on quality, and expand to more local bars and restaurants in the coming weeks and months.”

Memphis Made is located at 768 S. Cooper, just south of Central, in the Cooper-Young neighborhood. It’s the latest production craft brewery to open in Memphis, joining Ghost River Brewing, High Cotton Brewing and Wiseacre Brewing.

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Here’s the full press release from Memphis Made about the brewery’s launch:

Memphis’ newest local brewery will play the field a bit before settling into its regular year-round offerings.

Memphis Made Brewing Company is brewing up several different beers for its official debut this weekend.

The first two beers will be South Cooper Saison and Parkways Pale Ale. This will be followed by other inaugural brews, including a red ale and a porter.

“We just couldn’t wait a full year to make anniversary beers,” Drew Barton, founder and head brewer, said. “These beers could be one-time only or we could revisit them later.”

Memphis Made will debut the beers at the two Memphis-area Flying Saucer restaurants Friday, Oct. 11.

Barton and co-founder Andy Ashby will be tapping the first kegs at the Cordova Flying Saucer at 5:30 p.m. and then head to the Downtown Flying Saucer at 8 p.m.

“Both the Ashbys and Bartons are part of the Saucer family,” Kirk Caliendo, Flying Saucer general manager, said. “Knowing their passion for great beer first hand, it’s going to be great to promote their beer from our taps. Andy and Drew are dedicated to consistent product that will taste great. Memphis will be proud to have this brewery attached to its name.”
Barton and Ashby each worked at the Flying Saucer over the years.

“I am rooting for these guys,” Caliendo said. “We have traveled the country in our youth in search of great beer and now they will be brewing it here at home for us to sell and drink at the Saucer.”

South Cooper Saison, a brown saison, is composed of a simple malt bill of pale and chocolate malt, allowing the complex flavors of the yeast to be the shining star, most notably its peppery spice.

Parkways Pale Ale is a distinctive American Pale Ale. Nugget hops deliver an initial herbal punch, while Delta hops round out the flavor and aroma with their spicy and slightly sweet citrus notes.

“The Parkways are one of the original boundaries of Memphis and the name is an acknowledgement of our local roots,” Ashby said. “Drew and I have been planning Memphis Made for quite a while. Now that we’re brewing, we can’t wait to bring more fresh, local beer into the market.”

Barton designed and earned a Zymurgy Management degree at the University of Memphis, making it possibly the only beer degree in the school’s history. He is excited to bring everything he learned at the University of Memphis and in Asheville, N.C. back home to the Bluff City.

After making a few different styles of beer, the Cooper-Young brewery plans on making two styles, an IPA and a Kolsch, year-round. It will continue to make seasonal beers as production capacity allows.

Memphis Made’s local focus extends beyond its beer.

Adam Shellabarger with Combustion Design created the brewery’s logo while Sean Vandergriff with Vandergriff Designs is hand crafting its first tap handles. Memphis Made also used local artist Kevin Reuter for one of its first t-shirt designs. It also gives spent grains to Mathis Creek Farms in Covington, Tenn.

On Saturday, Memphis Made plans to distribute beer to the Young Avenue Deli, Aldo’s Pizza Pies, Bardog Tavern and the Slider Inn.

“Since we self-distribute, we’re only opening in a handful of bars and restaurants initially,” Ashby said. “We plan to ramp up production slowly, always focusing on quality, and expand to more local bars and restaurants in the coming weeks and months.”

Memphis Made will also serve beer at the Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest, held 1-5 p.m., Oct. 19 at Midtown Autowerks, 795 S. Cooper.