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Historic Goldcrest 51 beer returning to Memphis market this spring

March 06, 2015 By: mike Category: Breweries, History of beer, Memphis

Historic Goldcrest 51 label

Goldcrest 51, the flagship beer of the historic Tennessee Brewing Company, is coming back to Memphis.

The new Goldcrest Brewing Company has resurrected the original Goldcrest 51 recipe and will release the beer this spring to bars and restaurants in the Memphis area, according to the company’s website.

Goldcrest, a golden lager, was brewed by the Tennessee Brewing Company in Memphis until its closing in 1955. It was the best known and leading beer sold in Memphis for decades.

Little Rock author Kenn Flemmons, who wrote the Finest Beer you ever Tasted about Goldcrest and the old Tennessee Brewery, is general manager of the Goldcrest Brewing Company.

Five facts for National Lager Day

December 10, 2014 By: mike Category: Beer learnin', Craft beer, History of beer

Fourth of July beer

Today is National Lager Day, a day for craft beer drinkers to celebrate this often under-appreciated category of beers.

Think lagers are boring? Wiseacre Brewing Co.’s Kellan Bartosch refuted that notion last year in this piece for craftbeer.com.

Bartosch, who would “take a well done lager over a poorly made IPA any day,” suggested that beers don’t need to be extreme to be good.

“The best beer drinkers I know enjoy every style and can pick out good and bad versions of each, including lagers,” Bartosch wrote.

So skip the IPA today and pick up a lager. There are many styles to choose from that don’t include American macrobrews. I’m particularly fond of Schwarzbiers and Märzens, but even a good old Samuel Adams Boston Lager (style: Vienna Lager) will do.

Speaking of, the brewers at Samuel Adams shared with us these facts for National Lager Day. Cheers!

1.) The word “lager” is derived from the German “lager” which means “to store.”

2.) Lagers are relatively new to the beer scene, first appearing in Bavaria during the 16th century; before that, ales were brewed for over 7,000 years because ales are easier to ferment.

3.) Lager yeast, as opposed to ale yeast, ferments (eats sugar to produce carbonation and alcohol) at cooler temperatures and, when done fermenting, settles to the bottom of the fermentation tank. Lager yeast also takes a longer time to condition the beer than ale yeast.

4.) Due in part to their clean, crisp character, lagers are sometimes incorrectly labeled plain and boring. That couldn’t be farther from the truth! Craft lagers are flavorful and complex, and a number of different styles fall under the lager category and include Märzen/Oktoberfest beers, Bock beers like Maibock/Helles Bocks, Pilsners, Dunkelweizens, Rauchbiers, and Schwarzbiers, to name a few.

5.) Before modern refrigeration, brewers needed a way to keep their lagers cool during the brewing process. In lieu of today’s larger cooling tanks, German lager brewers of old sometimes cooled their beer in Alpine caves or in cellars dug deeply into hillsides.

Brewville @ DeNeuville – People’s Choice Homebrew Competition in Memphis on Saturday

June 16, 2014 By: grant Category: Distribution, Events, History of beer

Brewville Flyer DeNeuville Learning Center will be hosting a people’s choice homebrew competition from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Everyone’s a judge — all attendees will be able to vote on best light/dark beer, best name, etc. There will food and live music from the South Side Supper Club.

It benefits the DeNeuville Learning Center, which empowers women through education by offering tuition-free GED prep work and ESL classes.

Doors open at 4 p.m. (or at 3 p.m. if you have a VIP ticket) at the DeNeuville Learning Center (next door to old Ike’s/Fresh Market) on Cooper.

Tickets are $35 general admission to taste the beers and some activities. VIP are $65 (earlier admission, access to full meal, private seating, parking, special beers). Tickets for designated drivers at $20. Purchase tickets online.

How beer saved the world infographic

March 29, 2012 By: grant Category: Beer learnin', History of beer

Here’s a fun and informative infographic from Sex, Cigars & Booze:

how beer saved the world