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Save the date: 4th annual Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest set for Oct. 19

February 13, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis, Uncategorized

Cooper-Young Regional BeerfestMemphis beer lovers, mark your calendars.

The 4th annual Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest has been set for Oct. 19, festival organizers announced today on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

Looking forward to what’s in store for 2013!

City Council approves law allowing beer tastings in Memphis grocery stores

November 21, 2012 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Government, Memphis, Uncategorized

You’ll soon be able to sip on a sample of craft beer in the aisles of Memphis grocery stores, thanks to a law passed on Tuesday.

Exactly how the law will be implemented remains to be seen.Winter Warmer taster

The Memphis City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that allows for limited beer tastings at grocery stores and other retailers with city-issued licenses to sell beer for off-premise consumption. The tastings will be allowed for “promotional and educational purposes.”

“This is a just an ordinance that allows the growing industry of microbrews and people to enjoy a tasting and sample a product. It’s based on a law that is in effect in Nashville … and I think it goes to the public good,” said councilman Shea Flinn, sponsor of the ordinance.

New language added to the law in response to concerns about a lack of specifics calls for the Memphis Alcohol Commission to “promulgate rules for conducting beer tastings.”

“It’s just making sure that we weren’t opening a loophole that would allow for convenience stores … to become ‘beer halls,’ for lack of a better word,” Flinn said. “We think we’ve got the appropriate safeguards and we think we have the appropriate flexibility, giving the Alcohol Commission the ability to create rules for this effect to deal with any issues that might present themselves, although they’re not expected.”

The proposal was sparked after a local Whole Foods store could not host a Yazoo Brewing Company beer tasting. It follows other recent changes in local beer laws, including the elimination of the requirement to sell food at breweries with tasting rooms as well as zoning changes that make it easier to open a brewery in the Memphis area.

Memphis beer tasting ordinance

Memphis could use a brewery fit for a King

March 23, 2012 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis, Site news, Uncategorized

In a city shaped by Kings, it was an obvious choice.

“Kings Brewery” was our favorite among the 54 entries into FuzzyBrew’s contest to win tickets to the 3rd annual River City Brewers Festival, coming up March 31 in historic Handy Park in Downtown Memphis.

We asked entrants: if you were to open your own brewery or brewpub in the Mid-South, what would you name it?

The name Kings Brewery had everything we were looking for.

Memphis has been influenced by many Kings, from Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, to Bluesman B.B King, to civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., and even wrestling legend Jerry “The King” Lawler.

“Kings” also evokes images of a smokey, old-school British pub where you’d grab a pint after a long day. (The hypothetical logo, above right, was imagined by the lovely and talented Sara from Metal and Mud, who also happened to design the FuzzyBrew banner at the top of the blog.)

So congrats to Joseph for the winning entry. He gets a pair of tickets to Session B of the festival. Jim and Brittany were picked at random and each also wins tickets, courtesy of the festival organizers.

Here are some of our other favorite suggested brewery names, in no particular order:

From Ashley Harrison: Blue Suede Brews

I would name my brewery “Blue Suede Brews” obviously in honor of Memphis’ own Elvis Presley.

From Diana: The Push and Pull

In honor of Rufus Thomas – the Push and Pull (the barkeep will be pulling pints). Other things on the menu could be the Funky Chicken Wings, the Walking the [Hot] Dog, etc.

From Matthew Magbee: Time Machine

I would have Solution names for each of my brews…. i.e Time Machine Solution #22 Then a brief description of the product followed by local artists making the label art.

From Tate: Crossroads Brewery

The different brews would be named after different Robert Johnson tunes.

From David Twombly: Neon Pig

I once read an article in the Hot Springs (AR) newspaper claiming the surest sign of a good restaurant is the presence of a plastic cow on the roof or a neon pig in the window. Since my wife and I decided that, if we ever form a band, we’d call ourselves the Plastic Cows, I’ll go with “Neon Pig” for the brewery–especially since we live here (1) in the BBQ capital of the world, which (2) also contains Beale St.

From Toby: The Bell Tavern

I’ve always thought it would be cool to resurrect the classic name (and spirit) of The Bell Tavern, one of the first bars in Memphis. Old Paddy drank himself to death and surely wouldn’t mind if I borrowed his idea.

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest and to the festival organizers for the tickets. We received some great entries over the past couple of weeks. (Read all the entries here.)

Didn’t win tickets? You can still buy tickets online for $30.

There will be two sessions: Session A is from noon-4 p.m., and Session B is from 6-10 p.m.

More than 100 different beers will be available to sample, including a great selection of craft beer and homebrewed beer.