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Memphis Made brews up ‘Sully’ for TJ Mulligan’s

March 05, 2015 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Memphis

Memphis Made growler in snow

Press release:

MEMPHIS MADE BREWS UP SULLY FOR TJ MULLIGAN’S

Despite the snow, two local businesses are working together to make March a great beer month.

Memphis Made Brewing Co. is brewing a limited edition red ale, named Sully, for the TJ Mulligan’s family of pubs.

Sully, named after Memphis Made co-owner and Midtown businessman Richard Sullivan, will debut at six local pubs on Friday, March 6.

These pubs include Last Burger on Earth (LBOE) in Midtown, TJ Mulligan’s on Highway 64, TJ Mulligan’s at Trinity Commons, TJ Mulligan’s at Kirby and Poplar, Dan McGuinness in East Memphis and TJ’s Pub at Quince and Kirby.

“It’s been fun working with Memphis Made to develop a beer heading into Saint Patrick’s Day,” Lee Adams, owner of the TJ Mulligan’s family of pubs, said. “More and more people are drinking fresh local beer and this is another step we’re taking to make sure our customers are happy.”

Sully is a well-balanced red ale made for good session with friends.

Head brewer and Memphis Made co-owner Drew Barton developed Sully with input from Adams.

“We were looking for an accessible beer which the gamut of TJ Mulligan’s customers could enjoy,” Andy Ashby, co-founder of Memphis Made, said. “I think we got it.”

The beer goes with Memphis Made’s focus on working with local businesses, from bars to t-shirt shops.

“I’ve been drinking at TJ Mulligan’s pubs since college and to brew a beer for them is pretty surreal,” Ashby said. “It’s been fun.”

Memphis Made Brewing Co. is a production brewery located at 768 S. Cooper St. in Midtown’s historic Cooper-Young neighborhood. It currently self-distributes kegs and bottled beer to nearly 100 bars, restaurants, grocery stores and liquor stores throughout Shelby County. The public can visit the tap room, open every Friday from 4 to 9 p.m.

For more information, go to www.memphismadebrewing.com.

Memphis Made beers make Memphis debut

October 14, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Events, Memphis

Memphis Made debut

Memphis Made Brewing Company launched distribution in Memphis over the weekend, making it the third craft brewery to open for business in the Bluff City in the past year.

Founders Drew Barton and Andy Ashby tapped kegs of their brews at bars and restaurants Friday and Saturday. Those locations — Flying Saucer in Cordova and Downtown, Young Avenue Deli, Aldo’s Pizza Pies, Bardog Tavern and the Slider Inn — are the only places to buy Memphis Made on draft for now. Memphis Made is self-distributing and will slowly expand to other places in the coming weeks and months.

“There were a few hiccups, but overall it went well. People really seemed genuinely excited about trying new local beer,” Ashby said.

“It was great tapping kegs at the Flying Saucer where Drew and I met and where we learned a lot about beer. It was also fun being part of the Slider Inn’s Oktoberfest. The best part, however, was just getting a chance to chat with people about our passion: fresh, local beer.”

Memphis Made’s two inaugural brews are actually one-offs or special beers — offerings that won’t be in the production brewery’s year-round line-up.

South Cooper Saison is a brown saison that head brewer Barton fermented at 85 degrees with Belgian Saison yeast. It’s a complex beer with a hefty amount of spice and hints of banana.The Parkways Pale Ale, a malt-forward pale, was brewed with Nugget and Delta hops. Its name pays homage to Memphis’ parkway system and the streets that formed one of the city’s earliest boundaries.

“There was a great turn-out this weekend at both area Flying Saucer locations to receive a first taste of Memphis Made brew,” said Kirk Caliendo, Flying Saucer district manager.

“Both the saison and pale seemed to be even in popularity. I think the brown saison is my favorite of the two.”

This week, Barton said he is brewing a red ale with Munich malt, roasted malt, flaked oats, flaked barley and English hops.  After that, there will be a porter and a Belgian Wit on tap before Memphis Made unveils its IPA, the first of the brewery’s year-round beers. A Kolsch — Memphis Made’s other planned year-round beer — will follow later.

Cooper-Young Regional BeerfestMemphis Made is located at 768 S. Cooper, just south of Central, in the Cooper-Young neighborhood.

Barton and Ashby are among the organizers of the Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest, which is coming up this Saturday (Oct. 19) at Midtown Autowerks, 795 S. Cooper. The Midtown beer festival, which is in its 4th year, features craft beers from breweries within a day’s drive of Memphis.

This time, Barton and Ashby get to serve their own beer at their neighborhood festival.

“It’ll be strange, but in a good way,” Ashby said. “Drew and I helped start the festival with several friends years ago, so it will be fun to be on the other side of it.”

Memphis Made beers to debut this weekend

October 08, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Events, Memphis

Memphis MadeMemphis Made Brewing Company will launch its distribution in the Memphis area this weekend, with kegs of Memphis Made beer to be tapped Friday at both Flying Saucer locations.

Co-founders Drew Barton and Andy Ashby will tap the first kegs — South Cooper Saison and Parkways Pale Ale — at the Cordova Flying Saucer at 5:30 p.m. and then head to the Downtown Flying Saucer at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, Memphis Made beers will be available at Young Avenue Deli, Aldo’s Pizza Pies, Bardog Tavern and the Slider Inn.

“Since we self-distribute, we’re only opening in a handful of bars and restaurants initially,” Ashby said in a press release. “We plan to ramp up production slowly, always focusing on quality, and expand to more local bars and restaurants in the coming weeks and months.”

Memphis Made is located at 768 S. Cooper, just south of Central, in the Cooper-Young neighborhood. It’s the latest production craft brewery to open in Memphis, joining Ghost River Brewing, High Cotton Brewing and Wiseacre Brewing.

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Here’s the full press release from Memphis Made about the brewery’s launch:

Memphis’ newest local brewery will play the field a bit before settling into its regular year-round offerings.

Memphis Made Brewing Company is brewing up several different beers for its official debut this weekend.

The first two beers will be South Cooper Saison and Parkways Pale Ale. This will be followed by other inaugural brews, including a red ale and a porter.

“We just couldn’t wait a full year to make anniversary beers,” Drew Barton, founder and head brewer, said. “These beers could be one-time only or we could revisit them later.”

Memphis Made will debut the beers at the two Memphis-area Flying Saucer restaurants Friday, Oct. 11.

Barton and co-founder Andy Ashby will be tapping the first kegs at the Cordova Flying Saucer at 5:30 p.m. and then head to the Downtown Flying Saucer at 8 p.m.

“Both the Ashbys and Bartons are part of the Saucer family,” Kirk Caliendo, Flying Saucer general manager, said. “Knowing their passion for great beer first hand, it’s going to be great to promote their beer from our taps. Andy and Drew are dedicated to consistent product that will taste great. Memphis will be proud to have this brewery attached to its name.”
Barton and Ashby each worked at the Flying Saucer over the years.

“I am rooting for these guys,” Caliendo said. “We have traveled the country in our youth in search of great beer and now they will be brewing it here at home for us to sell and drink at the Saucer.”

South Cooper Saison, a brown saison, is composed of a simple malt bill of pale and chocolate malt, allowing the complex flavors of the yeast to be the shining star, most notably its peppery spice.

Parkways Pale Ale is a distinctive American Pale Ale. Nugget hops deliver an initial herbal punch, while Delta hops round out the flavor and aroma with their spicy and slightly sweet citrus notes.

“The Parkways are one of the original boundaries of Memphis and the name is an acknowledgement of our local roots,” Ashby said. “Drew and I have been planning Memphis Made for quite a while. Now that we’re brewing, we can’t wait to bring more fresh, local beer into the market.”

Barton designed and earned a Zymurgy Management degree at the University of Memphis, making it possibly the only beer degree in the school’s history. He is excited to bring everything he learned at the University of Memphis and in Asheville, N.C. back home to the Bluff City.

After making a few different styles of beer, the Cooper-Young brewery plans on making two styles, an IPA and a Kolsch, year-round. It will continue to make seasonal beers as production capacity allows.

Memphis Made’s local focus extends beyond its beer.

Adam Shellabarger with Combustion Design created the brewery’s logo while Sean Vandergriff with Vandergriff Designs is hand crafting its first tap handles. Memphis Made also used local artist Kevin Reuter for one of its first t-shirt designs. It also gives spent grains to Mathis Creek Farms in Covington, Tenn.

On Saturday, Memphis Made plans to distribute beer to the Young Avenue Deli, Aldo’s Pizza Pies, Bardog Tavern and the Slider Inn.

“Since we self-distribute, we’re only opening in a handful of bars and restaurants initially,” Ashby said. “We plan to ramp up production slowly, always focusing on quality, and expand to more local bars and restaurants in the coming weeks and months.”

Memphis Made will also serve beer at the Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest, held 1-5 p.m., Oct. 19 at Midtown Autowerks, 795 S. Cooper.

“Fix the Beer Tax” supporters rally in Memphis at Young Avenue Deli

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

High Cotton at Fix the Beer Tax rally

High Cotton Brewing’s Mike Lee hands out samples of Ginners Pride ESB at the Fix the Beer Tax rally on Friday at the Young Avenue Deli.

More than 100 beer enthusiasts and industry representatives gathered Friday night in Memphis to rally for change in Tennessee’s beer taxes.

The “Fix the Beer Tax” campaign, which launched last week in Nashville, took over the Young Avenue Deli in Cooper-Young for a rally in support of the “Beer Reform Act of 2013.”
Fix the Beer Tax
“This bill is about bringing jobs to Tennessee. If we can fix our beer tax, we can have more brewers here, more jobs in those breweries. We can have more choices for consumers and more choices, most importantly, at a lower price,” said Tennessee State Sen. Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown), sponsor of the bill. (Watch video of Kelsey’s speech below.)

The Beer Tax Reform Act of 2013 seeks to reform the 17% beer wholesale tax in Tennessee, which contributes to the state having the highest beer taxes in the nation. (Read FuzzyBrew’s earlier post here.)

In addition to speeches by Kelsey and others, there was great Tennessee beer to try.

For a $5 donation, you could sample beers from Ghost River Brewing, Jackalope Brewing CompanyYazoo Brewing Company, Calfkiller Brewing Company, along with Memphis start-ups Memphis Made Brewing Company and High Cotton Brewing Company.

You can follow the progress of the bill on the Tennessee General Assembly’s website here, or follow the campaign at www.fixthebeertax.com, and at www.facebook.com/fixthebeertax.

State Sen. Brian Kelsey:

Memphis Made’s Drew Barton: