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High Cotton Brewing opens taproom in Memphis’ Edge District

June 30, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

High Cotton taproom

High Cotton Brewing Co. cut the ribbon on its new taproom in Memphis earlier this month.

Like its old-school name, High Cotton’s taproom has a rustic feel with both farmhouse and urban touches. It’s a welcome addition to Memphis’ Edge District, just outside of Downtown.

High Cotton’s 1,000-square-foot-taproom, now open three nights a week, is only the second tasting room to open inside a Memphis brewery following the opening of Wiseacre Brewing Co. on Broad last summer.

The centerpiece at High Cotton is surely the beautiful wooden bar with a light-bulb “BEER!” sign behind it, appearing now on Instagram feeds citywide.

And of course there’s High Cotton’s excellent beer. You can buy a growler to go or enjoy a pint on premise of favorites like High Cotton’s Scottish Ale, ESB or Saison, as well as seasonal and special brews.

Here are some more photos from High Cotton’s recent grand opening:

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High Cotton taproom

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High Cotton taproom

High Cotton Brewing
Address: 598 Monroe Avenue, across from Kudzu’s Bar & Grill
Web: highcottonbrewing.com
Hours:
Thursday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

High Cotton Brewing to celebrate grand opening of taproom on Saturday

June 11, 2014 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis

High Cotton tasting room to open

High Cotton Brewing Co. will celebrate the opening of its new taproom on Saturday in Memphis’ Edge District.

The grand opening celebration is open to the public from 4 to 10 p.m. and will feature High Cotton brews, food trucks and live music.

High Cotton, located at 598 Monroe Avenue across from Kudzu’s Bar & Grill, joins Wiseacre Brewing Company as the only Memphis breweries with tasting rooms.

Read more about the taproom here.

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.