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Memphis Made expands capacity at Cooper-Young brewery, releases new IPA

July 26, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Drew Barton at Memphis Made

Drew Barton, head brewer at Memphis Made Brewing, stands next to the brewery’s new 30-barrel fermenters. The expansion brings Memphis Made’s capacity to roughly 1,500 barrels per year.

Press release:

Memphis Made Brewing Co. Growing Operations

Less than a year after starting production, Memphis’ newest brewery has already expanded its capacity.

Memphis Made Brewing Co., located in Cooper­-Young, has installed three new fermenters which will allow it to brew more than twice as much fresh, local beer.

“We’re following our growth plan, although this expansion has come a little sooner than we thought,” Andy Ashby, co­-founder of Memphis Made, said. “The demand for more local beer has been great and we’re working as hard as we can to fill it.”

Memphis Made currently sells and distributes kegs and bottled beer to more than 60 bars, restaurants, grocery stores and liquor stores throughout Shelby County.

This expansion will allow the company, which opened last October, to start adding more accounts.

Part of the reason Memphis Made has been able to expand is due to its hand­-bottled offerings, paired with liquor stores being able to carry low­-gravity beers.

Memphis Made hand­ bottles its beer in 750 milliliter bottles, changing styles every month or so. It’s currently releasing Bear Cat, an unfiltered India Pale Ale with Simcoe, Chinook, Citra and Mosaic hops.

The brewery has added several liquor store accounts since the law changed in early July, starting with Yorkshire Liquors in East Memphis.

“We’re really excited to carry more local beer,” Jeff Howell, co­-owner of Yorkshire Liquors, said. “The changes in the law have opened up a lot of new offerings for us, including the Memphis Made beers. Our customers really like a good variety of beers, especially the local ones, and it’s been good to be able to offer these.”

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’ first growler shop, The Growler, opens for business in Cooper-Young

December 09, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Memphis

Growler-Memphis

The first growler shop in Memphis has opened its doors.

The Growler, at 921 S. Cooper in Cooper-Young, opened for business on Saturday. The shop has 24 rotating taps for growlers to go, but also sells six-packs of bottles to go and pints for on-premise drinking in its tasting room.

You can bring your own 64-ounce glass growler to fill or buy one for $5 at the shop. “We’ll fill anybody’s growler,” said David P. Smith, one of The Growler’s two owners.

Growler- tasting room

Smith, of Memphis, said Monday that business had been steady since the opening. “So far the first two days have been good. It’s been fun,” he said.

Smith, seen below, is a partner in the business with Anthony Bond, of Nashville. Bond also owns a growler shop in Chattanooga. Kevin Elbe will manage the day-to-day operations of The Growler in Memphis.

The Growler - David Smith

Local beers from High Cotton Brewing, Memphis Made Brew Company, Wiseacre Brewing Company and Ghost River Brewing are a focus for the new establishment and have been really popular with customers, Smith said.

The Belgian IPA from High Cotton was the first beer to sell out, but more will arrive soon.

The shop also has beers from regional breweries such as Schlafly Beer, Yazoo Brewing Company, Lazy Magnolia and Abita Beer and national craft brands like Samuel Adams and Brooklyn Brewery. Prices range from about $10 to $14 per fill, though you can get a growler of PBR for just $7.

Growler Memphis - beer list

Due to Tennessee laws, The Growler is only selling “low gravity” beers, which are about 6.25 ABV or lower.

The Growler will soon have competition. The Madison Growler Shop, with 30 taps, is opening up soon inside the Cash Saver on Madison. In addition, Memphis Filling Station has announced plans to open in early 2014.

It’s a good time to be a craft beer drinker in Memphis.

The Growler  - Memphis

The Growler

Address: 921 S. Cooper, across from Tsunami

Hours: Tuesday-Wednesday, 2 to 9 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.; closed Monday.

On Twitter: @memphisgrowler

Cooper-Young Regional Beer Festival will have more beers, new location for 2013 event

September 11, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Homebrew, Memphis

Cooper-Young Regional BeerfestThe Cooper-Young Regional Beer Festival will have more brewers, more beer and a new location for the upcoming 2013 event.

The 4th annual beer fest will be held at Midtown Autowerks, 795 S. Cooper, on a spacious 2+ acres of property in the shadow of the iconic Cooper-Young trestle.

More than a dozen brewers have already committed, meaning this year’s festival is shaping up to be the biggest yet. New brewers from Missouri, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee have committed to pour their beers.

Tickets for this year’s event go on sale this Friday, September 13. Buy them online at cybeerfest.org. You can also buy tickets at the Cooper-Young Community Association booth at the Cooper-Young Festival on Saturday. Tickets are $35 per person in advance or $40 at the gate, if any tickets remain.

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.

For the latest on brewers and other festival news, connect with the Cooper-Young Regional Beer Festival on Facebook and Twitter.