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High Cotton Brewing gets $50,000 ‘storefront improvement’ grant for taproom project

April 16, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

High Cotton renderings

Memphis’ High Cotton Brewing Co. today was awarded a $50,000 Storefront Improvement Grant from the Center City Development Corp. to help in the construction of its new taproom.

The craft brewery’s taproom, which is being designed by Graham Reese Design Group (see renderings on this post), will occupy about 1,000 square feet of the building’s total space of 10,000 square feet. You’ll be able to buy pints and drink them in the taproom or buy kegs, growlers and bottles to go. No food will be served, but High Cotton is working with local food trucks to provide food options to patrons.

High Cotton has been distributing its locally-brewed beers to Memphis bars and restaurants since June 2013. The taproom is expected to open in June.

High Cotton rendering

The expansion will cost about $227,450, of which “storefront improvement” costs total about $123,000, according to paperwork filed with the Center City Development Corp. The grant will help cover expenses such as exterior signage, exterior lighting, design/permit fees, restoration/rehabilitation and storefront windows and doors.

High Cotton is located at 598 Monroe Avenue in the Edge District in Downtown.

High Cotton rendering

The staff of the Center City board had this to say about the project in recommending it for approval:

Staff first met with the applicant and began conversations about a possible CCDC incentive over eighteen months ago. Staff’s interest in this project is not only due to the current substandard condition of the facade, but rooted in a sincere belief that this project will be impactful and add appreciable life and vibrancy to the Edge neighborhood.

Local craft breweries with tap and tasting rooms can attract people and activity to an area. It is not hard to imagine that High Cotton Brewing will become a destination in the Edge District and can serve as a place for neighborhood gathering and community. Moreover, the City of Memphis has recently placed an increased focus on the Edge and the Medical Center as a potential “Innovation District.” A successful brewery with a thriving retail component is consistent with that goal.

Redevelopment of this building may very well be a critical step in attracting additional investment to the Monroe Avenue corridor. Without the Storefront Improvement Grant, the applicant would likely only focus on the interior work and may delay or forgo the needed exterior improvements. Approving a Grant in this case will leverage the applicant’s already considerable investment in the neighborhood and allow them an opportunity to make the necessary permanent improvements and upgrades to the facade.

High Cotton renderings

High Cotton to debut Bourbon Stout on Thursday with release party at Tamp & Tap

March 19, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

High CottonHigh Cotton Bourbon Stout, the latest special release from Memphis’ High Cotton Brewing Co., will be tapped at a release party tomorrow at Tamp & Tap.

The beer is a full-bodied milk stout aged for four weeks in Belle Meade Bourbon Barrels.

The release party at Tamp & Tap, 122 Gayoso in Downtown Memphis, starts at 7 p.m.

High Cotton Bourbon Stout will be available at such establishments as Local Downtown and Midtown, Alchemy, the Second Line, Beer Garden and The Growler.

High Cotton Brewing hires Graham Reese Design Group to design, build new taproom

December 10, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Memphis’ High Cotton Brewing Co. will open its much-anticipated taproom in 2014.

The brewery announced this week on Facebook that it has hired Graham Reese Design Group to design and build its new taproom, with a grand opening in early 2014.

High Cotton FB update

High Cotton opened a microbrewery at 598 Monroe, across from Kudzu’s Bar & Grill, earlier this year and has been distributing beers to local bars and restaurants.

In other High Cotton news, the brewery has hired Paul Cottam to serve as brewery operations manager. Cottam, who recently worked at Ghost River Brewing, will oversee operations, maintenance and packaging, among other responsibilities.

High Cotton Brewing Co.

Learn to Homebrew Day is Saturday at High Cotton Brewing in Memphis

November 01, 2013 By: mike Category: Events, Homebrew, Memphis

Want to learn to make your own beer?

On Saturday the Memphis Brewers Association and High Cotton Brewing will host “Learn to Homebrew Day,” giving aspiring brewers an opportunity to get an inside look at the brewing process from start to finish.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at High Cotton, 598 Monroe Ave., starting at 11 a.m.

The American Homebrewers Association founded “Learn to Homebrew Day” in 1999 to introduce people to the hobby of homebrewing and to promote relationships with local homebrew shops. The event has since been held annually each November.


Learn to Homebrew Day flyer