The Ghost River isn’t really a river. It’s a 14-mile, unchannelized section of the Wolf River in Fayette County that meanders through open marshes, cypress trees and undergrowth.
It’s also one of the main entryways for water into the Memphis Sands Aquifer, which provides Memphians with high-quality drinking water, not to mention the water Ghost River Brewing uses to make its beers.
“I think people take a lot of pride in having a Memphis product,” Ghost River founding partner Chuck Skypeck told FuzzyBrew. “I think we’ve done a good thing by promoting the fact that we brew with Memphis water. A lot of people relate to that.”
To give back, a portion of proceeds from every barrel sold by Ghost River Brewing supports the Wolf River Conservancy, a nonprofit whose mission is to preserve, protect and restore the Wolf River. In addition, the brewery supports the conservancy in other ways, such as the upcoming “Wolf River Dinner on the Greenway,” a sunset catered picnic, featuring Ghost River beers, on April 30.
In this cool video, which I found on Ghost River’s website under the “water” tab, Ghost River founding partner Chuck Skypeck talks more about brewing beer, Memphis water and the Ghost River.
I’ve never paddled the Ghost River, but I’d like to take my kayak up there some time this summer and give it a try.
Has anyone been? If so, what’s it like? Leave a comment below.