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Tickets on sale for 5th annual Brew Movement Against Multiple Sclerosis at Pink Palace

January 01, 2014 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Homebrew, Memphis

brew-movementTickets are on sale for the 5th annual Brew Movement Against Multiple Sclerosis, a beer tasting event that raises funds for the Mid South Chapter of the National MS Society.

The event will be held Thursday, February 27, at the Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central Avenue, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. It features homebrew and craft beer, food, a silent auction and live music, all for a great cause.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Tickets cans be purchased online here. The number of tickets available at the door will be limited.

To date, this annual event has raised in excess of $31,000, which has directly benefited the MS Society in continuing to improve the lives of individuals in the Mid-South who suffer from multiple sclerosis. MS is a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system and affects 400,000 Americans.

Memphis Made continues its seasonal ways; partners with local coffee roaster on stout

December 23, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

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Press release:

After enjoying the success of our inaugural limited-edition beers, Memphis Made Brewing Co. will continue its ever-changing ways and produce seasonals going forward. We will release new beers every three months or so, with many being revisited each year. We will continue to make specialty and one-off beers as well, as evidenced through a partnership with another local business, Reverb Coffee Co., on a stout.

Memphis Made“We’ve enjoyed bringing a variety of styles to the market,” Drew Barton, president and head brewer at Memphis Made, said. “Customers have really responded well to the changing beers so we’ve decided to keep it up instead of focusing on flagship beers.”

Memphis Made will now brew several main beers each season, starting with Lights Out, a dark Belgian style wit beer.

The grain bill for Lights Out consists of more than 90 percent wheat and is darkened with chocolate malt. A light dash of First Gold hops brings balance to the chocolate notes, while Styrian Golding hops blend in with the bitter orange peel and coriander. At 4.2 percent ABV, it’s a very sessionable beer, with hints of chocolate and orange adding some complexity. This beer should start appearing in local bars and restaurants Christmas week.

“Brewing a variety of seasonals really made sense to us,” Andy Ashby, co-founder of Memphis Made, said. “I tend to stick with beers which fit a time of year. For example, I don’t drink a lot of stouts in July. We think of this as a brewery CSA.”

The brewery will continue to brew one-off and other special beers.

Currently, Memphis Made is partnering with Memphis-based coffee roaster Reverb Coffee to produce Reverberation, a Belgian style coffee stout which will be released in late December.

Reverberation will accent stout’s natural coffee flavors with freshly-roasted dark Sumatra coffee from Reverb. At 5.8 percent, it will be a great beer for the winter months. A base of Munich malt gives this brew a strong backbone to hold up all the flavors from the darker malts, the Belgian yeast, and the dark Sumatra coffee.

“Beer and coffee are a great match for each other,” Jeremy Harris, owner of Reverb Coffee Co., said. “Making a coffee stout brings all of the earthy, rich aromas and the robust, chocolatey tastes of coffee to the already complex and rich tastes and aromas of a great beer.”

Harris started Reverb Coffee after graduating from the University of Memphis and doing two years of international mission work.

“While I was out of the country, my love for this city, and my desire to see it become a better city grew,” he said. “I came back to Memphis to start this coffee company in order to hopefully give back to the city and see it achieve a brighter future.

A similar notion inspired Barton and Ashby to start Memphis Made.

“Andy and Drew embody the name of their company,” Harris said. “They are Memphis Made and strive to exemplify that in everything they do. They know this city and want to make it a better place to live.”

Tickets on sale for 2014 Memphis Brewfest at AutoZone Park

December 16, 2013 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis

2014 Memphis BrewfestTickets for the 2014 Memphis Brewfest at Autozone Park went on sale today.

The fifth edition of the craft, homebrew and international beer festival will be held Saturday, April 26, from 4-7:30 p.m.

Advance tickets are $40. After April18, ticket prices go to $43. You can buy them online here.

A maximum 2,000 will be sold.

All net proceeds from the festival benefit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy and the Memphis Redbirds Foundation.

Beer haven: 30-tap Madison Growler Shop opens inside Midtown Memphis’ Cash Saver

December 16, 2013 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Memphis

The Cash Saver grocery store in Midtown, which already boasts of the best selection and prices for packaged craft beer in Memphis, has unveiled a new addition just in time for the holidays.

The 30-tap Madison Growler Shop, with 64-ounce glass jugs of beer to go, opened for business Friday inside the grocery store at 1620 Madison Avenue.

Madison Growler Shop at Cash Saver

It’s the first growler-fill station inside a Memphis grocery store, and it opened just on the heels of The Growler, which debuted in Cooper-Young earlier this month as Memphis’ first growler shop.

Cash Saver’s growler shop will be open Monday-Saturday, from noon to 8 p.m.

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The shop sells glass growlers for about $5, or you can bring one in to fill. Prices range from about $4 to $9 per fill, though Yazoo Brewing Company’s limited-edition 10-year IPA went on sale Friday for $14. Like everything else in the store, Cash Saver sells growlers for cost, plus 10 percent.

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On their first day of business, Cash Saver craft beer manager Taylor James (above) and Erica Bodine filled about 50 growlers in the first five hours, and that was even before people has gotten off work.

So, needless to say, business was brisk.

Cash Saver-Taylor James

The growler station features local beers, including Memphis Made Brew CompanyGhost River Brewing and  High Cotton Brewing Company (no Wiseacre so far), and regional beers, like Schlafly Beer, Abita Beer, Blackstone Brewing Co. and Yazoo. Other breweries featured include Fort Collins Brewing Co., New Belgium, Brooklyn Brewery, Stone, Rogue and Sierra Nevada.

Due to Tennessee beer laws, only “low gravity” beers, which are about 6.25 ABV or lower, can be sold at the store.

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As more Memphians ditch the Bud, Miller or Coors in favor of a craft beer, growler shops are becoming the latest business to help meet the growing demand for good beer.

In addition to Cash Saver’s Madison Growler Shop and The Growler, Memphis Filling Station has announced plans to open in early 2014, and a growler station is being planned as part of the East Memphis Whole Foods expansion.

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For the latest beer news from Cash Saver,  follow the Madison Growler Shop on Twitter, @madisongrowler. Also, you can follow Taylor James, @taylorhjames, and Eric Bodine, @scootette.