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4th annual Brewsboro Fest returns to Murfreesboro on Saturday

October 07, 2014 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events

BrewsboroPassing this along for FuzzyBrew readers in Middle Tennessee…

For Immediate Release:
October 3, 2014

Brewsboro Fest Returns to The Avenue October 11th

The Fourth Annual Brewsboro Fest has been scheduled for Saturday, October 11th at The Avenue® Murfreesboro. The event will be held from 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm and is expecting a sell-out crowd of 2,500. A portion of the ticket sales will go to benefit the Murfreesboro Young Professionals.

Attendees will receive a souvenir mug and will be able to sample brews from local, regional, national, and imported breweries. Attendees will be able to purchase and enjoy food from local restaurants: Boutique Burger Bar, Humpty’s, Gus’s Fried Chicken, Nashville Street Taco and Batey Farms.

Live music begins at 2:00 pm and will run through the event with local artist Mize and the Drive and DJ Tim Battle.

Free parking will be available at The Avenue® Murfreesboro near the Belk store.

Attendees will have multiple ticket-buying options. To purchase tickets in person, stop by Nissan of Murfreesboro on Memorial Boulevard or Humidor / Liquid Smoke on the town square. Tickets are also available online at BrewsboroFest.com. General Admissions tickets are $30.00 (plus tax) in advance but may be purchased at the event for $40.00 (plus tax) if it has not sold out. VIP tickets are available for $40 (plus tax) in advance and includes an early admission into the event. Admission to the event includes all beer samples and a souvenir mug. Hotel packages are also available and include a stay at the Embassy Suites on Saturday night plus two tickets to the event.

“We are very excited to bring Brewsboro Fest back to Murfreesboro again this year,” says Event Director, Candace Price. “We’ve received such great feedback from the attendees, brewers and sponsors over the last couple of years and look forward to another great event.”

More Brewsboro information can be found on Twitter @Brewsboro or online at BrewsboroFest.com or Facebook.com/Brewsboro.

TN at GABF: Wiseacre, Yazoo, McHale’s win medals at 2014 Great American Beer Festival

October 04, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Competition, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Three Tennessee craft breweries — Memphis’ Wiseacre Brewing Company, Nashville’s Yazoo Brewing Company  and Chattanooga’s McHale’s Brewhouse — won medals today at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

Wiseacre Tiny BombThe festival, in its 28th year, is the largest commercial beer competition in the world. A total of 234 different breweries won either gold, silver or bronze medals in 90 beer categories covering 145 different beer styles.

Wiseacre won a bronze medal for its Tiny Bomb in the German-Style Pilsener category (75 entries). This was Wiseacre’s first year to compete at GABF.

Brothers Davin and Kellan Bartosch opened Wiseacre on Broad Avenue in 2013. Tiny Bomb, available on draft and in cans in the Memphis area, is one of the brewery’s two year-round beers, along with Ananda IPA.

“It’s great to be recognized for something that you have worked so hard on for so long, especially by my peers, the greatest beer judges in the world. Pilsner is among the most difficult styles of beer to produce and we are glad to be honored in this way. I almost cried,” brewmaster Davin Bartosch said in a press release.

Added Kellan Bartosch: “With Firestone and Russian River being the other medalist in the category as two of the most highly acclaimed breweries in the country, it says a lot about the internal admiration for Pilsner among brewers. Craft beer drinkers often stick to mega hoppy IPAs or big stouts, but external appreciation for tasty lower ABV beers is on the rise and Tiny Bomb made here in Memphis can now be considered a leader of the pack on a national scale.”

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Bronze medal for Tiny Bomb #gabf

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Meanwhile, Yazoo captured the bronze medal in the Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer category (65 entries) for its Cherry Deux Rouges, part of the Nashville brewery’s Embrace the Funk series. The medal is Yazoo’s fourth overall, having won twice for its Hefeweizen and once for Sue.

The final Tennessee winner was Chattanooga’s McHale’s Brewhouse, which won a gold medal for its Scottish Pride beer in the Scottish-Style Ale category (51 entries). It’s the first GABF win for McHale’s Brewhouse.

A huge congrats to all the Tennessee winners!

Brewed in Ohio: A visit to Rhinegeist Brewery in Cincinnati

October 02, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Travelin'

Rhinegeist Brewery - signIn the cavernous shell of the old Moerlein bottling plant in Cincinnati’s Over the Rhine neighborhood, a new brewery has been born.

Rhinegeist Brewery is making 20bbl batches of beer in this historic Ohio building, built in 1895, that features a brewery, canning line and a unique taproom with long wooden tables and games for kids and adults alike.

Rhinegeist, which means “ghost of the Rhine,” brewed its first batch on June 8th, 2013, and has quickly become a big part of Cincinnati’s resurgent craft beer scene.

Rhinegeist’s year-round beers range from Uncle, a British Mild that registers just 3.8% ABV, to the Truth, a 7.2% ABV IPA with Centennial, Citra, Amarillo and Simcoe hops.

“The yin/yang of our brewing philosophy is hoppy/sessionable and we aim to brew beers where ‘the first sip calls for the third,’” according to Rhinegeist’s website. “We’re a small team with big dreams and tend to smile while we sweat. We brew those styles which are most compelling to our thirst and we certainly hope you enjoy our brews as much as we do.”

Rhinegeist’s beers are available on draft and in cans only in the Cincinnati area. The brewery’s taproom is open seven days a week, so check it out if you’re ever in town. It’s worth stopping in.

Here are some photos from my recent visit to Rhinegeist:

Rhinegeist Brewery - fermenters

Rhinegeist Brewery - inside

Rhinegeist Brewery - bar

Rhinegeist Brewery pint

Rhinegeist Brewery - seating

Rhinegeist Brewery - more seating

Rhinegeist Brewery canning

Rhinegeist Brewery - canning

Rhinegeist Brewery - kegs

Nashville’s Tennessee Brew Works to begin distribution in Memphis

September 29, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Events, Memphis

Tennessee Brew WorksNashville’s Tennessee Brew Works is bringing its “finely tuned craft beer” to Memphis.

The microbrewery, which just celebrated its first anniversary, has selected A.S. Barboro as its Memphis distribution partner and will start sending kegs of beer to Bluff City bars, restaurants and growler shops this week.

“This is a big moment for us,” said Tennessee Brew Works co-founder Christian Spears, who added the brewery was thrilled to expand west into Memphis. The beer has been available so far in Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga and other Middle and East Tennessee locations.

Tennessee Brew Works’ five year-round, or “headliner” beers, will all be available in Memphis at various times. They are Southern WitExtra EasyCutaway IPABasil Ryeman and Country Roots, all low-gravity beers that will be available only on draft for now.

Spears said Southern Wit, which is available at the Tennessee Titans’ LP Field, has become the brewery’s best seller.

He described the brewery’s approach to making beer like that of a homebrewer, and “food is always in mind.”

“We want (the beer) to be unique and interesting … but we also try to make it approachable,” Spears said.

Tennessee Brew Works is planning sampling events at bars and restaurants over the next two weeks — most of them next week — as part of the brewery’s Memphis roll-out. Tennessee Brew Works will also serve its beer at the 5th annual Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest, coming up Oct. 11.