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Memphis Beer Week: Events and specials at The Growler in Cooper-Young

April 18, 2014 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis, Uncategorized

Growler-Memphis

Here’s what’s happening next week at The Growler in Cooper-Young for Memphis Beer Week:

Monday, 4/21: $4 pints and free growlers to the first 10 growler fills

Tuesday, 4/22: Meet Andy, Drew and Alex from Memphis Made Brewing Company from 6-8 p.m.  Memphis Made Brewery pints will be $4. Also, homebrewers from Memphis’ two homebrew clubs, the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs and Memphis Brewers Association, are planning a meet-up at The Growler at 7 p.m. Come by and talk beer.

Wednesday, 4/23: Ghost River pints will be $4.

Thursday, 4/24: Wiseacre Brewery pints will be $4.

Friday, 4/25: $4 flights and High Cotton Brewery pints for $4, as well.

Saturday, 4/26: Local brewery pints will be $4.

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

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.

High Cotton Brewing gets $50,000 ‘storefront improvement’ grant for taproom project

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

High Cotton renderings

Memphis’ High Cotton Brewing Co. today was awarded a $50,000 Storefront Improvement Grant from the Center City Development Corp. to help in the construction of its new taproom.

The craft brewery’s taproom, which is being designed by Graham Reese Design Group (see renderings on this post), will occupy about 1,000 square feet of the building’s total space of 10,000 square feet. You’ll be able to buy pints and drink them in the taproom or buy kegs, growlers and bottles to go. No food will be served, but High Cotton is working with local food trucks to provide food options to patrons.

High Cotton has been distributing its locally-brewed beers to Memphis bars and restaurants since June 2013. The taproom is expected to open in June.

High Cotton rendering

The expansion will cost about $227,450, of which “storefront improvement” costs total about $123,000, according to paperwork filed with the Center City Development Corp. The grant will help cover expenses such as exterior signage, exterior lighting, design/permit fees, restoration/rehabilitation and storefront windows and doors.

High Cotton is located at 598 Monroe Avenue in the Edge District in Downtown.

High Cotton rendering

The staff of the Center City board had this to say about the project in recommending it for approval:

Staff first met with the applicant and began conversations about a possible CCDC incentive over eighteen months ago. Staff’s interest in this project is not only due to the current substandard condition of the facade, but rooted in a sincere belief that this project will be impactful and add appreciable life and vibrancy to the Edge neighborhood.

Local craft breweries with tap and tasting rooms can attract people and activity to an area. It is not hard to imagine that High Cotton Brewing will become a destination in the Edge District and can serve as a place for neighborhood gathering and community. Moreover, the City of Memphis has recently placed an increased focus on the Edge and the Medical Center as a potential “Innovation District.” A successful brewery with a thriving retail component is consistent with that goal.

Redevelopment of this building may very well be a critical step in attracting additional investment to the Monroe Avenue corridor. Without the Storefront Improvement Grant, the applicant would likely only focus on the interior work and may delay or forgo the needed exterior improvements. Approving a Grant in this case will leverage the applicant’s already considerable investment in the neighborhood and allow them an opportunity to make the necessary permanent improvements and upgrades to the facade.

High Cotton renderings

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.