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Results from the 2012 Bluff City Brewers Extravaganza homebrew competition

February 20, 2012 By: mike Category: Events, Homebrew, Memphis

2012 Bluff City Brewers Extravaganza

Final judging and the awards ceremony for the 2012 Bluff City Brewers Extravaganza was held Saturday at Boscos Squared. Above, club president J.L. Thompson announces the winners.

Memphis’ homebrew club, the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs, held its 24th annual competition this past weekend.

The 2012 Bluff City Brewers Extravaganza drew 290 entries from across the region in what was a full 28-category American Homebrewers Association Sanctioned Competition Program event.

Congrats go to out to Bluff City Brewers’ own Jake Meeks, who won Best of Show for his Old Ale.

2012 Bluff City Brewers Extravaganza Results

Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company (by guest blogger J.L. Thompson)

August 26, 2011 By: grant Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Travelin'

Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs President J.L. Thompson was recently in Indianapolis. This is the last of three posts about his trip. Yesterday, J.L. explored Brugge Brasserie.

Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company is a new state-of-the art facility created by local entrepreneur Scotty Wise, who is proprietor of several other award winning breweries and restaurants in the area. Let me tell you, this guy knows what he’s doing! This place was one of the most attractive brew pubs I’ve been to!

-New fancy equipment, friendly staff, spacious, clean, great atmosphere with exceptional beer presentation
-Generous sample pours and a wide selection of beers, including several delicious cask selections

Although their beers were a bit more mainstream than the Brugge, they still had a lineup to impress the palate; I had samples of a coffee porter (with coffee from a local roaster, and an Amarillo IPA (both casked and kegged, which the brewers informed me was unfortunately the last for a while due to the hop shortage). Thanks to Alan and Keely, the assistant brewers who gave me a great behind-the-scene-tour.

Overall, I was super-impressed with the Broad Ripple area of Indianapolis and I’d love to make it back soon to visit these breweries again as well as others I didn’t have time to see. If you’re in the area I’d encourage you to stop in for a visit as well!
Happy travels…

Visting Brugge Brasserie (by guest blogger J.L. Thompson)

August 25, 2011 By: grant Category: Breweries, Travelin'

Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs President J.L. Thompson was recently in Indianapolis. This is the second of three posts about his trip. Yesterday, J.L. explored Broad Ripple Brew Pub.

Brugge Brasserie: (pronounced brooj)

Clear vision of Belgian-style beers and food, even for a microbrewery; impressive selection of Belgian sours in wooden casks. The breakdown:

• Belgian-centric food and beer
• Exceptional sours
• They limit their flagship 8-10% beer to only 2 per customer and still can’t keep up with production
• Excellent food, knowledgeable staff

I had a Düsseldorf German Alt (brewed but never tasted until that day) and a ‘Harvey’ (Brett-infused Blackberry Wheat Sour). Not your typical micro-brewed beer: Sweet/Sour/Brett-y/AWESOME. It’s amazing that a local brewery can make it on what even hardcore beer snobs would consider ‘fringe beers’ BUT I’M GLAD THEY ARE!!! Here is their standard line up of locally produced beers:

• Very Bad Kitty – Gose (wow, was surprised to see this obscure style as a permanent ‘on-tap beer’)
• Harvey – Blackberry wheat sour (with Brett)
• Erpel Summer Alt – Düsseldorf German Alt
• Black – Belgian Black
• Tripel de Ripple – Belgian Tripel 10%, limit 2 beers. Flagship beer. Can’t produce enough.

While at Brugge Brasserie I met a couple of local guys sampling some of their great brews too. I was excited to see the local community willing to support such a wild and unique establishment. And as good as ‘the Brugge’ was, they told me that around the corner awaited yet another fantastic brewery! And with that, we head one block away to Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company!

J.L. will regale us with his trip to Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company tomorrow!

A visit to Broad Ripple Brewpub in Indianapolis (by guest blogger J.L. Thompson)

August 24, 2011 By: grant Category: Breweries, Travelin'

Broad Ripple Brewpub

Broad Ripple Brewpub by Photofarrell, on Flickr

 

Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs President J.L. Thompson was recently in Indianapolis. This is the first of three posts about his trip.

I recently took a trip to Indianapolis, Indiana, for work. Had some time to kill so after a little research I thought I’d see what the local brewpub scene was like. At first it didn’t seem like Indy would have a lot was going on beer-wise. I soon found that was incorrect.

Although I stayed by the airport, which is at the southwest section of Indianapolis, I targeted a community in the northern section of the city called Broad Ripple. For you Memphians, this is similar to our Cooper-Young; it’s culturally diverse, artsy, with a focus on what I like to call ‘good eats.’

I was in Indy for one evening and only had time to hit three brewpubs. If you make ever make it to this area you need to stop at these and more! Heck, if you’re not in the area you should stop, too. The town is easy to get around, great on site-seeing, and worth the drive.

Broad Ripple Brewpub touts itself as Indiana’s oldest brewery, established in 1990. I also found out this place has a local cult following for their comfortable atmosphere and tasty pub fair. After situating myself I tried the Lawn Mower Pale Ale in an imperial pint glass; light, satisfying. Mmmmmm…

This was a good place to start. After doing a bit of research on RateBeer.com for breweries in the surrounding area, out of the many to choose from, the exclusively Belgian-centered Brugge Brasserie really caught my eye so I thought I’d have a look.

Stay tuned for J.L.’s report from Brugge Brasserie.