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Beers on Beale: Recap of the 2012 River City Brewers Festival in Memphis

April 02, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Homebrew, Memphis

River City - sample glassCraft 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.

River City - Handy ParkThe sun was on full blast during Session A.

River City - Justin taps the GerstJustin tapped the first keg of Yazoo Brewing Company’s Gerst Amber Ale in Memphis.

River City - GerstGerst beer, created by William Gerst in 1893, has been recreated by Yazoo.

River City - BoscosBoscos Squared’s brewer Adam served up Memphis-brewed craft beer.

River City - Red BrickAtlanta’s Red Brick Brewing, which has been distributing in Memphis for about a year, served its fantastic Stock Ale in addition a Blonde and Brown.

River City - Laughing SkullLaughing Skull Amber Ale, another excellent offering from Red Brick, was served.

River City - Patrick Todd BandThe Patrick Dodd Band provided the soundtrack for the day.

River-City- PBR toasterJust what everyone needs: a PBR toaster.

River City - New BelgiumA hoppy highlight was New Belgium’s Shift Lager, which made its Memphis debut.

River City - Lazy MagnoliaLazy Magnolia brought a keg of its new Southern Hops’pitality IPA, as well as the Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale, Deep South Pale Ale and Jefferson Stout.

River City - Cornhole!And, of course, there was cornhole!

Memphis could use a brewery fit for a King

March 23, 2012 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis, Site news, Uncategorized

In a city shaped by Kings, it was an obvious choice.

“Kings Brewery” was our favorite among the 54 entries into FuzzyBrew’s contest to win tickets to the 3rd annual River City Brewers Festival, coming up March 31 in historic Handy Park in Downtown Memphis.

We asked entrants: if you were to open your own brewery or brewpub in the Mid-South, what would you name it?

The name Kings Brewery had everything we were looking for.

Memphis has been influenced by many Kings, from Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, to Bluesman B.B King, to civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., and even wrestling legend Jerry “The King” Lawler.

“Kings” also evokes images of a smokey, old-school British pub where you’d grab a pint after a long day. (The hypothetical logo, above right, was imagined by the lovely and talented Sara from Metal and Mud, who also happened to design the FuzzyBrew banner at the top of the blog.)

So congrats to Joseph for the winning entry. He gets a pair of tickets to Session B of the festival. Jim and Brittany were picked at random and each also wins tickets, courtesy of the festival organizers.

Here are some of our other favorite suggested brewery names, in no particular order:

From Ashley Harrison: Blue Suede Brews

I would name my brewery “Blue Suede Brews” obviously in honor of Memphis’ own Elvis Presley.

From Diana: The Push and Pull

In honor of Rufus Thomas – the Push and Pull (the barkeep will be pulling pints). Other things on the menu could be the Funky Chicken Wings, the Walking the [Hot] Dog, etc.

From Matthew Magbee: Time Machine

I would have Solution names for each of my brews…. i.e Time Machine Solution #22 Then a brief description of the product followed by local artists making the label art.

From Tate: Crossroads Brewery

The different brews would be named after different Robert Johnson tunes.

From David Twombly: Neon Pig

I once read an article in the Hot Springs (AR) newspaper claiming the surest sign of a good restaurant is the presence of a plastic cow on the roof or a neon pig in the window. Since my wife and I decided that, if we ever form a band, we’d call ourselves the Plastic Cows, I’ll go with “Neon Pig” for the brewery–especially since we live here (1) in the BBQ capital of the world, which (2) also contains Beale St.

From Toby: The Bell Tavern

I’ve always thought it would be cool to resurrect the classic name (and spirit) of The Bell Tavern, one of the first bars in Memphis. Old Paddy drank himself to death and surely wouldn’t mind if I borrowed his idea.

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest and to the festival organizers for the tickets. We received some great entries over the past couple of weeks. (Read all the entries here.)

Didn’t win tickets? You can still buy tickets online for $30.

There will be two sessions: Session A is from noon-4 p.m., and Session B is from 6-10 p.m.

More than 100 different beers will be available to sample, including a great selection of craft beer and homebrewed beer.

This weekend: River City Brewers Festival returns to Memphis’ Handy Park

March 23, 2011 By: mike Category: Events, Memphis

River City Brewers Festival logoThe second-annual River City Brewers Festival comes to Downtown Memphis and Handy Park on Saturday and will feature more than 75 craft beers.

Session A will run from noon to 4 p.m.; Session B goes from 6 to 10 p.m.

Tickets for the event, which benefits the Mid-South Autism Society, are $30 per session now, but online ticket sales end Friday at 5 p.m. Tickets at the door, if available, will be $40.

The official after party is at Rum Boogie Cafe at 182 Beale. Your event ticket gets you free admission to Rum Boogie.

Saturday’s high is forecast to be 67, so it should be a nice day for a beer festival!

Tickets on sale for River City Brewers Festival

January 19, 2011 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis

River City Brewers Festival logoTickets are now on sale for the second-annual River City Brewers Festival, which returns to Downtown Memphis and Handy Park on March 26.

Tickets for the event, which benefits the Mid-South Autism Society, are $30 per session.

Session A will run from noon to 4 p.m.; Session B goes from 6 to 10 p.m.

Thanks to event organizer Christina Ramsey for the heads-up on this today!