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Memphis’ Ghost River Brewing releases Riverbank Red, 2nd year-round beer, in bottles

September 27, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Memphis

Ghost River BrewingGhost River Brewing has started bottling Riverbank Red, the Memphis brewery’s Irish-Style Red Ale.

Riverbank Red joins Golden Ale as Ghost River’s two year-round beers in bottles.

Riverbank Red was formerly called Copperhead Red and was the winner of the 2011 Great American Beer Festival silver medal in the Irish-Style Red Ale category — Ghost River’s first and only medal to date. The beer was originally brewed for the Memphis Redbirds.

The 1887 IPA is Ghost River’s third year-round beer, but it’s only available on draft. Ghost River has been bottling Golden Ale since 2011, when a bottling line was added as part of an expansion.

While it may be a few more weeks until Riverbank Red is widely distributed, the Midtown Cash Saver tweeted Friday that the beer was available at the store’s Madison Growler & Bottle Shop.

Memphis Beer Week: Ghost River Brewing events

April 21, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Events, Memphis

Ghost River six-pack

Memphis Beer Week kicks off TODAY. Here’s what’s happening with Memphis’ Ghost River Brewing Co.:

Tuesday, 4/22: Amerigo’s Ghost River Brewing Cask Night and GRB Tasting/Tap Takeover

Wednesday, 4/23: Pinot’s Palette Paint and Drink GRB, 6-9 p.m. ($40/person)

Thursday, 4/24:  Patrick’s GRB Beer Dinner, 6 p.m. ($40/person , 5 courses); Young Avenue Deli GRB Cask Tapping, 8 p.m.

Friday, 4/25:- Cash Saver GRB Cask Tapping, 3 p.m.; Whole Foods GRB Tap Takeover and beer/cheese pairing to benefit the Wolf River Conservancy, 6 p.m.

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

Ghost River Brewing replaces Glacial Pale Ale in year-round line-up with 1887 IPA

October 16, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Ghost River 1887 IPA

Memphis’ Ghost River Brewing is making a change in its year-round beer line-up.

Ghost River is dropping its Glacial Pale Ale and replacing it with the 1887 IPA, which was formerly a seasonal beer first brewed in 2010.

“We are excited that the Memphis beer culture now demands hoppier styles, so we can now offer IPA year round,” said head brewer Jimmy Randall.

The “1887″ commemorates the first year that the Memphis Sands Aquifer was tapped.

The beer is Ghost River’s hoppiest. Columbus hops are used for bittering and a mixture of Cascade and Cluster are present in the flavor and aroma additions. Pale ale malt is used for the base, and there’s some C-20 malt added to give it a little extra maltiness, Randall said.

“The final result is a golden colored ale with a nice hoppy nose and plenty of hop flavor and bitterness – right around 65 IBUs,” Randall said.

Ghost River’s year-round line-up now includes the 1887, Golden Ale and 2011 GABF silver medal-winner Copperhead Red.

The 1887 will make its “debut” on Saturday at the sold-out Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest.

Memphis’ Ghost River Brewing to double capacity, release new beers in bottles

September 09, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Ghost River BrewingGhost River Brewing is embarking on a major expansion that will double its brewing capacity. In addition, the Memphis craft brewery, which currently only sells its Golden Ale in bottles, will release one or two more styles in bottles.

The Commercial Appeal reports that production from the current 6,000 barrels a year will increase to 12,000, as part of a project that will cost $500,000 to $700,000 and be complete by year’s end.

“We’ve always seemed to be running behind, underestimating the desire for our product in the community, which may be a wonderful thing to do,” founding partner Jerry Feinstone told the newspaper.

“So I guess we haven’t thought large enough.” [source]

Ghost River produces three beers year-round — Golden Ale, Glacial Pale Ale and Copperhead Red — plus special and seasonal releases. Copperhead Red is likely the next beer to be released in bottles.

Ghost River, founded in 2008, has long been Memphis’ only production craft brewery. It doubled its capacity and added a bottling line in 2011.

Its latest expansion comes as a number of start-ups are entering the market, from High Cotton Brewing to Wiseacre Brewing Company to Memphis Made.