Craft beer fans converged on Handy Park off Beale Street in Downtown Memphis on Saturday for the 3rd annual River City Brewers Festival.
More than 100 different beers were served, from craft beers to homebrews provided by the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs. There were also plenty of free food samples, from chicken wings to steaks to pork sliders.
Unlike last year’s festival, which was soaked by rain, Mother Nature cooperated, delivering a perfect 85-degree sunny day.
There were two tasting sessions — Session A from noon to 4 p.m., followed by Session B from 6 to 10 p.m. Festival attendees received a commemorative 5-ounce tasting glass and could sample as many beers as they liked.
Some of my favorites were New Belgium’s Shift Lager, Red Brick’s Old Stock Ale, O’Fallon’s Hemp Hop Rye and Widmer Brothers’ Pitch Black IPA.
The beer has been recreated by Yazoo. (Wanna see the recipe? It’s here.)
Gerst has been available at Yazoo’s taproom for awhile and will soon be bottled at the Nashville craft brewery. The retro-style labels, in fact, have now been approved, Yazoo announced Wednesday.
Good news! After several iterations, everyone involved is happy with the label and six-pack art design, and the ATF signed off on the label approval. We’ve got the labels and six-packs being printed in the next week! It generally takes 3-4 weeks to get all that done, and then you should start to see bottles of Gerst in stores! [source]
Here is the front label. What do you think?