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Memphis Made Brewing to release limited-edition 750ml bottles of Reverberation, Southern Julep

April 17, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Memphis

Starting this weekend, Memphis Made Brewing Co. will be releasing its beer in limited-edition 750ml bottles, all bottled by hand.

Memphis Made - Reverberation

Memphis Made - Southern Julep

Here’s a press release from Memphis Made:

Memphis Made Brewing Starts Hitting the Bottle

Starting Saturday, fans of Memphis Made Brewing Co. will be able to enjoy this local beer a new way: in large bottles.

The small brewery in Cooper Young will be releasing a hand bottled, limited edition batch of Reverberation in 750 milliliter bottles.

Reverberation is a Belgian coffee stout that has served as one of the strictly-seasonal brewery’s winter offerings. We use freshly roasted coffee through a collaboration with Memphis-based Reverb Coffee Co.

The beers will debut at another local business, the Madison Growler and Bottle Shop, located inside the Cash Saver at 1620 Madison.

The Madison Growler opens at 10 a.m. Saturday and will start selling these bottles at noon.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the launch,” Taylor James, Beer Manager at Cash Saver, said. “As a local business it is great that we are able to support a local brewery. This is also the first time in Memphis that a brewery has had a limited release of a 750 milliliter bottle in a grocery store, another first we’re proud to hang our hat on.”

Whole Foods Market in East Memphis will also carry this small batch brew early next week, making it one of two places you can get this brew.

Next week, Memphis Made will be releasing its second bottled beer, Southern Julep, to coincide with Memphis Beer Week.

This Belgian style brown ale is brewed with fresh mint and aged with American oak.

It will have a wider distribution than the Reverberation.

Memphis Made also plans to commit random acts of bottling.

“Since we opened last October, people have been asking us how they can take our beer to go,” Andy Ashby, co-founder of Memphis Made, said. “We’ve always directed them to some of the great growler operations around town, but now they have another option for drinking our beer. It’s all about giving people more choices.”

Adam Shellabarger, a designer with with Midtown design and advertising firm Combustion and a Cooper-Young resident, designed the labels for Memphis Made’s bottles.

Tennessee legislature approves bill to raise alcohol cap on beer

April 14, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Government

A bill that will raise the alcohol cap on beer in Tennessee in 2017 was approved today by the state House of Representatives in a 72-12 vote.

The bill, which was approved last week by the state Senate and now heads to the desk of Gov. Bill Haslam for his signature, was spearheaded by the Tennessee Craft Brewer’s Guild through its “Fix the Beer Cap” campaign.

Fix the Beer CapdFor craft beer drinkers, it’s a significant step forward, but not everything many hoped for.

In Tennessee, beer has traditionally been defined as a fermented malt beverage containing 5% or less alcohol by weight. That definition means any beers over that limit — which includes many styles of beers, from Belgians to IPAs to stouts — are considered “high-gravity” beers and can only be purchased in liquor stores.

The bill will increase the 5% limit to 8% ABW. In terms most beer drinkers are familiar with, instead of the current 6.2 alcohol by volume limit, beers up to 10.1% ABV will be allowed on shelves anywhere beer is sold.

An earlier proposal would have increased the ABW limit to 12%, but that was lowered as part of a compromise.

Another concession was this: the bill does not take effect until Jan. 1, 2017, meaning it will be two-and-a-half years before higher-gravity beers are sold outside of liquor stores, and six months after the first bottles of wine are allowed in grocery stores.

“Yes, this is a compromise as far as how high the cap was raised and the timeline for doing so. The committee members indicated to our sponsors that our bills were going nowhere until there was a compromise between the brewers and beer wholesalers on one side, and the liquor retailers and wholesalers on the other,” according to the Fix the Beer Cap Facebook page.

The bill will also have another effect — you’ll likely see more higher-gravity beers sold in Tennessee breweries. The bill included an amendment that allows brewers who hold a high-gravity brewing license to sell high-gravity beers at their breweries without additional licenses, starting July 1, 2014.

Linus Hall, president of the Tennessee Craft Brewers Guild, took to Twitter to celebrate the bill’s passage.

“Progress is progress,” he wrote. “I’ll be drinking to that tonight.”

Dogfish Head returns to Tennessee; Memphis, Chattanooga part of ‘soft rollout’ in next few weeks

April 14, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Memphis

Dogfish Head craft beerThree years after it ended distribution in Tennessee due to problems meeting growing customer demand, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery will make its return to the Volunteer State in the next few weeks.

The Delaware-based brewery announced today that it will start a soft rollout into Tennessee with Memphis and Chattanooga up first. Dogfish Head will team with Budweiser of Memphis and Carter Distributing in Chattanooga to restart distribution in Tennessee.

Dogfish Head had announced in June 2013 that it was returning to Tennessee, but no more details had been announced until now.

Here’s more from Dogfish Head:

Tennessee, here we come!

Since last summer, when we announced that Dogfish was headed back to the four states we pulled out of in 2011, we’ve been grateful for all of the anticipation, kind words and patience from the craft beer community. Today, for all of the Dogfish fans in Tennessee, we can finally say … we’re back!

We’re starting a soft rollout into Tennessee with Memphis and Chattanooga, with our eye on filling out the state in the coming months.

“We did a ton of research before moving forward to come back to Tennessee,” says Dogfish Head Founder and President Sam Calagione. “We wanted to make sure we had the right partners, and I’m excited that we’ll be working with Bud of Memphis and Carter Distributing in Chattanooga.”

To find Dogfish Head beers in your area, try the Fish Finder at dogfish.com. You can search by beer and by ZIP code, and the Fish Finder will tell you where shipments have dropped in the past 60 days. Our trucks bound for Tennessee are leaving Delaware this week, beer should be appearing on shelves and taps in Memphis & Chatanooga (and the Fish Finder) over the next few weeks.

Dogfish Head is also now back in Rhode Island and parts of Indiana and Wisconsin. We are still working hard to find the right partners to fill out Indiana and Wisconsin and expect to be statewide in both in the coming months.

Thank you for all of your patience and support!

California’s Lagunitas Brewing Company now distributing in Memphis

March 24, 2014 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Distribution, Memphis

Lagunitas Brewing CompanyLagunitas Brewing Company, the 6th largest craft brewery in the United States, is now distributing in Memphis.

Lagunitas, founded in California in 1993 by Tony Magee, quietly launched in the Bluff City within the last few weeks. A kick-off party was held tonight at Sweet Grass Next Door.

A.S. Barboro is the local distributor for Lagunitas.

The brewery’s flagship Lagunitas IPA is the only beer available on draft, while the IPA, Dogtown Pale and Pils, a Czech Style Pilsner, are now available in bottles. All qualify as low-gravity beers under Tennessee law.

Lagunitas’ high-gravity offerings will be arriving soon, and come summer, most of Lagunitas’ portfolio will be available in Memphis.

The opening of Lagunitas’ new Chicago-based brewhouse created enough capacity to add Memphis to the brewery’s distribution network.