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Tickets on sale for 2014 Memphis Brewfest at AutoZone Park

December 16, 2013 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis

2014 Memphis BrewfestTickets for the 2014 Memphis Brewfest at Autozone Park went on sale today.

The fifth edition of the craft, homebrew and international beer festival will be held Saturday, April 26, from 4-7:30 p.m.

Advance tickets are $40. After April18, ticket prices go to $43. You can buy them online here.

A maximum 2,000 will be sold.

All net proceeds from the festival benefit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy and the Memphis Redbirds Foundation.

Sellout crowd packs AutoZone Park for 2013 Memphis Brewfest

April 28, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Homebrew, Memphis

2013 Memphis Brewfest

A crowd of 2,000 beer lovers converged Saturday on AutoZone Park for the 4th Annual Memphis Brewfest, a celebration of American craft beers and international brews.

The 2013 festival, with more than 165 different beers sampled, was a big success. It rained, and the Grizzlies were playing the Clippers in Game 3 of the playoffs a few blocks away at FedExForum, and the festival still sold out on Saturday morning. Thankfully, there was covered space for all the booths in the concourse area of AutoZone Park, so everyone could stay dry.

There was beer from local and regional breweries, including Ghost River Brewing, Boscos, High Cotton Brewing, Yazoo Brewing Company and Blackstone Brewing Company. Two homebrew clubs were there: the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs and Memphis Brewer’s Association. Craft and international beers were provided by distributors A.S. Barboro and Budweiser of Memphis, and for the first time, Joe’s Wines & Liquors even had a booth, pouring high-ABV selections from its Beer Nutz Beer Club.

The festival capped off the inaugural Memphis Beer Week, with beer tastings, beer dinners, firkin nights and pint nights all across town.

High Cotton at Memphis BrewfestMemphis’ High Cotton Brewing, which has just started brewing at its new facility on Monroe, had samples of its Saison and Scottish Ale at Memphis Brewfest.

Bluf City Brewers at Memphis BrewfestThe Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs served up some great homebrew, including the “High C’s” IPA, Extracurricular Hoptivity IPA, Rauch Me Like a Hurricane and Strange Fruit Watermelon Wheat, just to name a few.

Yazoo at Memphis BrewfestIn addition to its year-round beers, Nashville’s Yazoo Brewing Company had two special beers on tap — a barrel-aged version of its Sly Rye Porter, as well as the New Belgium sour collaboration “Rufus.”

Yazoo Big WheelYazoo also gave away this awesome custom big wheel to this lucky guy.

Tasters at Memphis BrewfestThe mission of Memphis Brewfest is to raise awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. All net proceeds from the festival benefit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy and the Memphis Redbirds Foundation.

Tickets on sale now for 4th annual Memphis Brewfest at AutoZone Park on April 27

January 15, 2013 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Homebrew, Memphis

Tickets went on sale this morning for the 4th annual Memphis Brewfest, coming up April 27 at AutoZone Park in Downtown Memphis.

The festival — the biggest beerfest in the Bluff City — features craft beers, international beers and homebrews. It will be the finale to the inaugural Memphis Beer Week, which is being sponsored by Budweiser of Memphis. The fest runs that Saturday from 4 to 7:30 p.m.

Advance tickets for Memphis Brewfest are $38, and go up to $41 after April 20. You can buy tickets online now.

All net ticket proceeds go to Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy and the Memphis Redbirds Foundation.

Memphis Brewfest

Craft beer & baseball, and a visit to the 2012 San Diego Padres Beerfest

June 04, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Travelin'

Baseball - Padres cup

From the minors to the majors, more and more baseball fans are picking up a craft beer at the stadium to wash down their peanuts and Cracker Jacks.

Some stadiums are offering upward of 60 varieties of beer, the Associated Press reported last month, the result of increased demand for craft and local beers.

At AutoZone Park in Downtown Memphis, craft beer fromĀ Ghost River Brewing is served alongside Yuengling and domestics like Budweiser, Miller and Coors.

Ghost River even created Home Run Red for its inaugural season of serving beer at the home of the Memphis Redbirds, and the craft beer has since become a staple for beer drinkers at the park. (Outside the park, the red ale has become one of Ghost River’s year-round beers, better known as Copperhead Red, winner of the 2011 Great America Beer Festival silver medal in the Irish-style Red category.)

AutoZone Park is also home to the annual Memphis Brewfest, one of the premier tasting events in the Mid-South.

On my visit to San Diego last week, I experienced another way ballparks are trying to capitalize on the craft beer movement.

The 3rd annual San Diego Padres Beerfest was a craft beer festival held two hours before the opening pitch of the Padres-Arizona Diamondbacks game at Petco Park.

The festival featured a mix of beers from San Diego-area breweries, Northern California breweries and national craft brands like Samuel Adams and Shiner. Admission to the festival was free with your game ticket, but a roughly 12-ounce pour was $5, with proceeds going to charity.

It was a great opportunity to try beers from San Diego that I missed out on during my brewery visits throughout the week. I got to try The Lost Abbey’s Devotion, Mission Brewery’s IPA, Ballast Point’s Sculpin IPA, all from San Diego, and from Paso Robles, Firestone Walker’s Union Jack.

Baseball - WelcomeThe first pour was at 5 p.m., just over two hours before the first pitch at 7:05.

baseball - crowdThe festival was held in a green space beyond the outfield wall at Petco Park, with lots of soft grass to sit on.

Baseball - breweriesThe brewery list included, among others, Kona Brewing Company, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Coronado Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Anchor Brewing, Deschutes Brewery and Rogue Brewery.

Baseball - Firestone WalkerFirestone Walker’s Union Jack was my favorite beer of the day.

Baseball - Green FlashGreen Flash served its excellent Le Freak and Hop Head Red.

Baseball - Broken LizardKevin Heffernan (left) and Paul Soter (second from right) from the Broken Lizard comedy troupe, who starred in the movie “Beerfest,” were on hand to meet fans. They liked my Yazoo Brewing shirt, which was specially made for the Memphis Brewfest.

Baseball - Petco ParkAnd after the beer festival, there was baseball. Craft beers available at the stadium concession stands include selections from Stone Brewing Company and Gordon Biersch Brewing Company.