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Cooper-Young Regional Beer Festival will have more beers, new location for 2013 event

September 11, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Homebrew, Memphis

Cooper-Young Regional BeerfestThe Cooper-Young Regional Beer Festival will have more brewers, more beer and a new location for the upcoming 2013 event.

The 4th annual beer fest will be held at Midtown Autowerks, 795 S. Cooper, on a spacious 2+ acres of property in the shadow of the iconic Cooper-Young trestle.

More than a dozen brewers have already committed, meaning this year’s festival is shaping up to be the biggest yet. New brewers from Missouri, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee have committed to pour their beers.

Tickets for this year’s event go on sale this Friday, September 13. Buy them online at cybeerfest.org. You can also buy tickets at the Cooper-Young Community Association booth at the Cooper-Young Festival on Saturday. Tickets are $35 per person in advance or $40 at the gate, if any tickets remain.

The Midtown beer festival features craft beers from breweries within a day’s drive of Memphis, as well as some of the best homebrew around.

For the latest on brewers and other festival news, connect with the Cooper-Young Regional Beer Festival on Facebook and Twitter.

New Albany, Miss., to host ‘Tallahatchie on Tap’ beer tasting event on Sept. 21

September 10, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events

Tallahatchie on Tap

Tallahatchie on Tap, the North Mississippi beer tasting event formerly known as New Albany on Tap, is coming up Sept. 21 Following the success of the event on the Tallahatchie Riverbank last year, organizers in New Albany have decided to make that their permanent event space and call the event Tallahatchie on Tap. All proceeds will be donated to the Trailhead Plaza fund to support the creation of a small public trailhead space and purchase bike racks for downtown New Albany.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Sugaree’s Bakery for $20 or at the event for $25. The ticket price covers a commemorative beer glass, beer sampling and food provided by Tallahatchie Gourmet and Sugaree’s Bakery.

Here’s a press release with more details:

New Albany, MS – 8/28/2013 – The third annual Tallahatchie On Tap is an outdoor beer tasting event with local food, live music and folk art that will be held on the Tallahatchie Riverbank downtown in New Albany, MS, on Saturday, September 21, 2013, from 5 pm to 8 pm. Live music will be performed by the Cake Walkers from Oxford.

Punch cards will be provided for ticket holders to sample 2 oz. servings of 23 different craft and imported beers. The breweries are Yazoo Brewing Company featuring Dos Perros, Hefeweizen, Gerst, Sue, and Hop Project; Straight To Ale featuring Monkeynaught IPA, Sand Island Kolsch and Lilly Flagg Milk Stout; North Coast Brewing Company featuring PranQster Belgian Style Golden Ale, Brother Thelonius Belgian Style Abby Ale and Old Rasputin Imperial Stout; Oxford Brewing Company featuring Sorority Blonde and MPA #8; Lucky Town Brew Company featuring Pub Ale, Ballistic Blonde and Flare Incident; Rogue Chocolate Stout; Sam Adams Octoberfest; Abita Andygator; Red’s Apple Ale and 3 Lazy Magnolia Seansonals.

Food will be provided by Tallahatchie Gourmet and Sugaree’s Bakery. Folk artists represented by the Art of Dixie gallery will be set up to show and sell their work. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Trailhead Plaza fund to support the creation of a small public trailhead space and purchase bike racks for downtown New Albany.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Sugaree’s Bakery for $20 or at the event for $25. The ticket price will cover a commemorative beer glass, the beer sampling, the food and a free limo shuttle to all hotels and addresses within the city limits of New Albany.

All volunteers and ticket holders must be at least 21.

Mary Jennifer Russell, organizer of the event and owner of Sugaree’s Bakery, says: “Tallahatchie on Tap is a great event for New Albany that is well-supported and anticipated all year. Unlike other beer festivals, the vibe at ours has a certain quaintness partly due to its location in our picturesque downtown under a grove of oak trees on the Tallahatchie Riverbank. That, and we put as much energy into the quality of the music, food, and art as we do the beer selection, which creates a very well-rounded event.

“I feel that New Albany’s downtown has tangible momentum right now, with the new wine and liquor laws, the recent successes of other local food, art and music events, the grand opening of the Tanglefoot Trail, the awardwinning tennis facilities and the hiring of Sean Johnson as the new Director of Marketing for the city.”

Memphis’ Ghost River Brewing to double capacity, release new beers in bottles

September 09, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Ghost River BrewingGhost River Brewing is embarking on a major expansion that will double its brewing capacity. In addition, the Memphis craft brewery, which currently only sells its Golden Ale in bottles, will release one or two more styles in bottles.

The Commercial Appeal reports that production from the current 6,000 barrels a year will increase to 12,000, as part of a project that will cost $500,000 to $700,000 and be complete by year’s end.

“We’ve always seemed to be running behind, underestimating the desire for our product in the community, which may be a wonderful thing to do,” founding partner Jerry Feinstone told the newspaper.

“So I guess we haven’t thought large enough.” [source]

Ghost River produces three beers year-round — Golden Ale, Glacial Pale Ale and Copperhead Red — plus special and seasonal releases. Copperhead Red is likely the next beer to be released in bottles.

Ghost River, founded in 2008, has long been Memphis’ only production craft brewery. It doubled its capacity and added a bottling line in 2011.

Its latest expansion comes as a number of start-ups are entering the market, from High Cotton Brewing to Wiseacre Brewing Company to Memphis Made.

Memphis brewery preview: a look inside Wiseacre Brewing Company, opening this week

August 27, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Events, Memphis

Wiseacre - outside
Wiseacre Brewing Company will cut the ribbon on its new brewery Wednesday at 2783 Broad Avenue in the heart of Memphis’ Broad Avenue Arts District, with a ceremony featuring Mayor A C Wharton.

The brewery, founded by brothers Davin and Kellan Bartosch, will then open its tap room and patio on Friday, marking the debut of Wiseacre beer in the Memphis market.

The Bartosch brothers are putting the finishing touches on the tap room and brewery, but gave FuzzyBrew a sneak peek inside on Tuesday.

The brewery features a 20-barrel brewhouse, with 200 barrels of fermentation space.

Wiseacre brewhouseWiseacre’s 20-barrel brewing system.

Wiseacre-fermentersFermenters at Wiseacre.

The brothers have been brewing on the system since August 10 and have a limited amount of beer — 40 barrels, or 80 kegs — to start with for the next week and a half.

They’ve been brewing their first two year-round beers — Tiny Bomb American Pilsner and Ananda IPA — as well as a brown ale that will be a special release.

“We’ll alternate through styles,” said Kellan, adding that the special releases will include Oktoberfests, Belgians, IPAs, porters and stouts, often depending on the season or what its brewmaster, Davin, might be craving.

“It’s stuff I want to drink,” Davin added.

Wiseacre's Kellan and Davin BartoschKellan, left, and Davin Bartosch, inside the Wiseacre brewery.

Wiseacre - Davin BartoschDavin Bartosch is Wiseacre’s brewmaster.

The taproom will be open this week on Friday, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, 1 to 8 p.m. After this weekend, the regular tap room schedule will be Thursdays and Fridays, 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturdays from 1 to 8 p.m.

There will be food trucks with food for sale outside, and beer inside, including tasters, pints and growlers. The tasting room is less a bar and more a place to get to know the beers and the brewery, Kellan said.

“We don’t view it as a huge business opportunity but as a place for people to learn about beer.”

Wiseacre taproomThe tap room, still under construction.

Wiseacre tapsWiseacre taps, with an acorn on top.

Wiseacre will start distributing its draft beers locally through Budweiser of Memphis in the next few weeks, but don’t expect to see it everywhere, all at once.

They’ll be starting small and growing as they go. “We’re being safe because we don’t want people to run out and get frustrated,” Kellan explained.

And, yes, Wiseacre’s canning line will be installed soon, and Tiny Bomb American Pilsner and Ananda IPA will be available for purchase before year’s end.

But the brothers are taking things one step at a time.

“Quality,” Davin said, “is the most important thing to me.

Wiseacre patioWiseacre’s patio, opening Friday.