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Memphis Beer Week: Boscos hosting Brewmaster’s Dinner on April 22

April 16, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Boscos logoBoscos Squared in Midtown is hosting a Brewmaster’s Dinner on Tuesday, April 22, during Memphis Beer Week.

The dinner is $50 per person and starts at 6:45 p.m. For reservations, call 901- 432-2222.

Menu

Aperitif

~Famous Flaming Stone Beer ~

Appetizer

Mini Pork and Black Bean Tamale

Roasted Pork, Black Beans, and Goat Cheese; Encrusted in Masa Dough. Baked in a

Plantain Leaf

~Irish Red ~

Salad

Top Shelf Margarita Shrimp Salad

Tequila, Grand Marnier, and Lime Marinated Grilled Shrimp with Yellow Bell Peppers,

Avocado, Crispy Corn Tortillas over Romaine

~Bocsos Award Winning Hefeweizen ~

Bob White Quail with Guajillo Chile & Coffee Bean BBQ sauce

Entrée

BBQ QUAIL

Served with Corn Grits

~Bourbon Oak Aged Ale~

Sea Bass

Grilled Sea Bass Topped with Pistachio Beurre Blanc

Served on a Bed of Soba Noodles with Spring Vegetable

~Ice Age Pale Ale~

Dessert

Drunken Black Forrest Cake

Topped with Fresh Berries and Crème Anglaise

~Oatmeal Stout~

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You can see the full list of official Memphis Beer Week events here.

Memphis Beer Week: Yazoo’s ‘Barely a 4K’ Beer Run on April 24 to benefit WEVL

April 15, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Yazoo Barely a 4KNashville’s Yazoo Brewing Co. is bringing its ‘Barely a 4K’ Beer Run back to the Bluff City for next week’s Memphis Beer Week.

The run is Thursday, April 24, and starts and ends at Slider Inn in Midtown. Check-in begins at 5 p.m., and the run starts at 6.

You’ll get a free T-shirt and beer at the finish line for your $25 entry free. In addition, Yazoo is donating $10 of each entry fee to WEVL 89.9, Memphis’s volunteer radio station, so you can run, drink beer and help out a great local organization at the same time. Yazoo is capping the run at 200 participants.

Sign up for the run here.

You can see the full list of official Memphis Beer Week events here.

Memphis Beer Week: List of events at Whole Foods Market in East Memphis

April 15, 2014 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis

The new Whole Foods Market in East Memphis opened its growler-fill station with five beers on tap in January.

The new Whole Foods Market in East Memphis opened its growler-fill station with five beers on tap in January.

The second-annual Memphis Beer Week is coming up next week, and Whole Foods Market in East Memphis will be hosting a different brewery and beer activity each day.

Here is the list of events:

Monday, 4/21: Brooklyn Brewery beer sampling, 5-7 p.m. Free growlers to the first 20 growler fills. Live music.

Tuesday, 4/22: Abita beer sampling, 4-7 p.m. Free growlers to the first 20 growler fills. Live music.

Wednesday, 4/23: Yazoo Brewing Co. beer sampling, 5-7 p.m. Free growlers to the first 20 growler fills. Live music.

Thursday, 4/24: Stone Brewery high gravity beer dinner at The Shack, 7-9 p.m. For $25/person, you will participate in a 4-course dinner paired with different high-gravity beers and get a free growler. There are only 30 spots available so please RSVP to Customer Service, 901-969-4368 extension 210.

Menu:
Fried Pickles in Arrogant Bastard Beer Batter
Tossed Mixed Greens in Grapefruit Slam IPA Vinaigrette with Pecan Crusted Chèvre
Ruination Smoked Salmon with Green Beans / Spare Ribs with Chipotle Smoked Porter BBQ Sauce and Smashed Red Potatoes
Crème Brulee

Friday, 4/25: Ghost River and Whole Foods Market beer/cheese pairing benefiting the Wolf River Conservancy, 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The Wolf River Conservancy is an organization near and dear to both Whole Foods Market and Ghost River Brewery. Experts from both Whole Foods Market and Ghost River will lead you on a beer and cheese tasting tour that is not only delicious and informative but supports a great local organization. It is $10/person and all money goes directly to the Wolf River Conservancy. We will have two seatings – one at 6:30pm and another at 7:30pm. To RSVP, please contact Customer Service at 901-969-4368 extension 210.

Saturday, 4/26: Wiseacre beer sampling, noon-2 p.m.

Whole Foods Market is located at 5014 Poplar Avenue. You can see the full list of official Memphis Beer Week events here.

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.”