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Cash Saver to host Yazoo growler fill event on Wednesday

July 16, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Yazoo Brewing CompanyGrowlers from Nashville’s Yazoo Brewing Company will be sold for a limited time Wednesday at the Cash Saver grocery store in Midtown Memphis.

Yazoo beers will be sampled and growlers of Rye Saison and Hefeweizen will be sold for just $10 (that covers the liquid and glass) from 4:30-6:30 pm.

Bottles of The Beacon, the Yazoo-Calfkiller Brewing Company collaboration beer, will also be on sale for $2.

Yazoo’s Ivan Chester will be on hand for the festivities.

Memphis’ Wiseacre Brewing to be first craft brewery in Tennessee to can beer

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

Memphis will soon have locally-brewed beer available in cans for the first time in the modern craft beer era.

Wiseacre Brewing Company, which is opening a 13,000-square-foot brewery with a tap room and backyard patio later this year on Broad, announced today that it will package two year-round beers, Tiny Bomb American Pilsner and Ananda IPA, into cans that will available for purchase before year’s end.

Not only will it be a first for Memphis, but no other Tennessee craft brewery is canning its beers.

Wiseacre has received federal approval to open its brewery at 2783 Broad, but has not yet announced an opening date.

Wiseacre Brewing cans

Here’s the press release issued this morning by Wiseacre:


Cans for two year-round beers balance form and function.

Memphis, TN (July 8, 2013) – WISEACRE Brewing Company is excited to announce it will be the first craft brewery in Tennessee to can beer. The Memphis-based craft brewery’s two year-round beers, Tiny Bomb American Pilsner and Ananda IPA (India Pale Ale), will be packaged into cans and available for purchase before year’s end.

WISEACRE commissioned artist and Memphis native Rachel Briggs to design the artwork for both Tiny Bomb’s and Ananda’s packaging. Briggs’ work, which includes illustration and photography, has been featured on album covers and in magazines. Most recently, she provided art direction for a music video on Jack White’s Third Man Records. WISEACRE’s Kellan Bartosch has long been a fan of her work in all practices, but Briggs’ concert posters in particular made it clear to Bartosch that she was the best choice to create WISEACRE’s beer art and packaging.

“I’m very excited to be working with WISEACRE on the artwork. It’s been an exciting challenge to translate the details and illustrations we’ve schemed up onto the cans themselves, watching them come to life all the while giving each brew its own personality,” said Briggs, whose work for WISEACRE represents her first for a brewery. “The stories of beers and breweries conjure up special little identities in my mind which I get to process out onto paper and eventually on a can. It’s very rewarding to be part of such a collaborative and distinctive effort.”

“Cans make sense to us for a whole lot of reasons,” adds Kellan. “Cans are more portable, are completely recyclable, and more durable than glass. Most importantly, cans are the best method for delivering the best tasting beer to the consumer. Recent breakthroughs in canning liners have eliminated the oxidation of aluminum into beer (which is very acidic). Cans protect completely from light and oxygen making them basically miniature kegs. This is why you’ve seen industry leaders like Sierra Nevada and New Belgium switching to cans in recent years. Rachel worked hard with us to capture the ethos of these beers, their history and persona, to develop texture and detail which speaks of that. We love these cans!”

WISEACRE brewmaster Davin Bartosch says the debate over their year-round beer styles has been happening for years with much thought and preparation.

“While brewing at Rock Bottom Chicago, I’ve been developing beers considering this moment. We knew we wanted to put two beers forward as year-round offerings and they needed to be beers that we loved, but also beers that we thought others would enjoy,” Davin explains. “Making beer at Rock Bottom Brewery in Chicago allowed me to gauge the response of the general public on a large scale and also get feedback from my brewing peers. Pilsner is absolutely one of my favorite styles of beer – it’s approachable to most yet the balance of making a great lager is absolutely one of the toughest challenges for a brewer. Not every beer needs to be heavy or intense to be great and that’s what Tiny Bomb is – a session beer (hence “tiny) with a complex malt character, balancing bitterness, and big flavor (like a bomb).”

Ananda is an India Pale Ale or IPA, a style that is the fastest growing category in craft beer. As Davin further explains, “The style gets its name from the British shipping beer to India during colonial times. Higher alcohol and hops were added to the beer as a means of preservation and a style was born, yet the real identity of this style has been formed in the United States, particularly by West Coast breweries. I was able to work on IPAs extensively over the years from concept to finished product – recipe formulation, dry hop methods, etc – over hundreds of recipes and this IPA is the honing of all those efforts. Ananda means bliss in Sanskrit, which we think is appropriate for the style’s origins and our sentiments on this citrusy, juicy, hop explosion!”

For more information, patrons are invited to subscribe to email updates from WISEACRE by emailing SUBSCRIBE to info@wiseacrebrew.com.

Dogfish Head plans return to Tennessee, 3 other states, by end of 2013

June 26, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Memphis

Dogfish Head, which stopped distribution of its beers to Tennessee and three other states in 2011 due to production limitations, is coming back.

Dogfish Head craft beerExpanded capacity is allowing Dogfish Head to make a return to shelves and taps in Tennessee, Indiana, Wisconsin and Rhode Island before the end of the year, the Delaware-based microbrewery announced today.

Here’s the full press release, as well as a video from founder Sam Calagione:

Thanks for hanging in there, Tennessee, Indiana, Wisconsin and Rhode Island

In 2011, we made the difficult decision to scale back Dogfish Head’s distribution. With a heavy heart, we stopped sending beer to Tennessee, Indiana, Wisconsin and Rhode Island.

It wasn’t our goal to upset Dogfish Head fans and distributors, but with demand so far in front of supply, we just couldn’t brew enough beer. We were left with a choice: leave shelves empty and frustrate beer enthusiasts everywhere, or stay true to our off-centered roots, pull back, and focus on strong, smart growth.

We chose the latter, and although it caused some short-term disappointment, we’re glad we did. Dogfish Head is still family owned, we still brew 100 percent of our off-centered ales ourselves here in coastal Delaware, and we’re continuing to change the way people think about beer.

We have maintained double-digit growth in the past few years while investing in our brewery to increase capacity beyond the 200,000-bbl pace we are now at. This expansion will be completed in a few months, and we’ll finally have the capacity to reopen the markets we had to pull out of. We’re happy to announce that we’ll be hunting for distribution partners and regional sales managers in those four states and plan to be on shelves and taps there before the end of the year.

Thank you for hanging in there and having us back. See you soon!

Ciao Bella in East Memphis to host beer dinner with Schlafly co-founder Dan Kopman on July 1

June 24, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Schlafly Beer logoDan Kopman, co-founder of St. Louis’ Schlafly Beer, will be in Memphis next week for a four-course craft beer dinner at Ciao Bella.

The beer dinner is Monday, July 1, starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person. Call 901-205-2500 to make reservations. Ciao Bella is located at 565 Erin Drive in East Memphis.

Here’s the menu for the event:



Diver Scallop & Toasted Sunflower Crudo

Thinly sliced scallops with hints of citrus and ginger


Belgian Golden

Pesto Gnocchi

Spinach walnut pesto with potato dumpling tossed with spicy copa ham and arugula


Export IPA

Diablo tuna

Spicy yellow fin served with blue crab and carrot



Jerked Applewood Smoked Bacon Cream Brulee