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Memphis homebrewer Ben Pugh to help launch brewpub in Jackson, Tenn.

July 05, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Homebrew, Memphis

Ben Pugh with Charlie Papazian, author of The Complete Joy of Homebrewing

Memphis homebrewer Ben Pugh (right), with Charlie Papazian, author of The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

Memphis homebrewer Ben Pugh is teaming up with a Memphis pizza company to launch a brewpub in Jackson, Tenn.

Pamela Denney with the Memphis Stew blog first reported plans by Jeremy Denno and Amanda Preston, the couple behind Rock ‘n Dough Pizza Co., to open a microbrewery and pizza pub later this year in Jackson. The 4,100-square-foot brewpub will be part of a new walkable community, developed in part by Henry Turley, near the University of Memphis Lambuth campus.

On Thursday night, Pugh announced his role in the venture on Facebook:

BIG news guys!!!! My new company Eclectic Ales has joined up with Memphis’ favorite food truck and second favorite pizza joint, Rock ‘N’ Dough Pizza Co., to open a brewpub in Jackson, Tennessee later this year! We are all very excited about this and are looking forward to everybody stopping by to check out the new location! Jackson, I hope you are ready for some awesome beer and pizza, it’s coming your way!!

Pugh is a great guy and a really accomplished homebrewer, having won the Boscos/Bluff City Brewers Pro-Am competition in 2010. You might have tried his Black Hearted IPA at Boscos that year. He’s also the former president of the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs homebrew club and a founding member of the Memphis Brewers Association.

Congrats, Ben! We’ll post more details on FuzzyBrew when we hear more about the plans, so check back soon.

UPDATE || Here’s more from Ben on Facebook:

We will have a Blonde, a American pale ale, and a Northern English Brown as our always on tap selection. That will leave us three open taps two will be seasonal rotating selections of my choice and the third will be a homebrew tap. The homebrew tap will be where home brewers come in and brew their recipes with me on our system. Were not really going to focus on one style just whatever we feel like really. … We will also have root beer and cream soda that will be made in house and served on draft.

Mississippi’s Lucky Town Brewing to hold release party in Jackson on Dec. 15

December 06, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events

Lucky Town Brewing Company logoMississippi’s Lucky Town Brewing Company will celebrate the launch of its beers with a release party in Jackson on Saturday, Dec. 15.

The party will be held at the Underground 119 in Downtown Jackson and will feature Lucky Town’s first two beers. Pints of “Ballistic Blonde,” a Belgian-style blonde ale, and “The Flare Incident,” a maple and brown sugar oatmeal stout, will be served.

The beer will start flowing at 6:30 p.m., with live music from Bryan Lee, aka the Braille Blues Daddy, starting at 9 p.m. A cover charge will be in effect at 8 p.m.

For more details, check out the Facebook event page.

In September, Lucky Town announced that it had agreed to terms with a contract brewery and purchased a 30-barrel fermenting tank as it continued to plan for its own brewing facility in Mississippi. Under the agreement, Alabama’s Back Forty Beer Co. will brew and package Lucky Town’s beers. Lucky Town, meanwhile, will be responsible for beer recipes, distribution, sales and marketing.

The Lucky Town team plans to eventually open a brewery in the Jackson area.

Lucky Town Brewing agrees to terms with contract brewer, buys 30-barrel fermenter

September 07, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer

Lucky Town Brewing Company logoLucky Town Brewing Company announced this week that it’s agreed to terms with a contract brewery as Lucky Town continues to plan for its own brewing facility in Mississippi.

Lucky Town has selected Alabama’s Back Forty Beer Co., which will brew and package Lucky Town’s beers. Lucky Town, meanwhile, will be responsible for beer recipes, distribution, sales and marketing, according to a release.

We chose to go with contract brewing for several reasons. 1) Brewing can be expedited as there is no need to wait on our own facility to be designed, built, and approved. 2) Lucky Town’s beers can be tested in the market while we are working on our production facility. 3) Having our beer in the market will allow us to range sales and accurately size our production equipment to meet demand.

The Lucky Town team plans to open Mississippi’s second brewery in the Jackson area.

In March, through the Kickstarter fundraising website, Lucky Town raised $22,304 to open a microbrewery, exceeding its goal. With proceeds from Kickstarter supporters, Lucky Town recently purchased its first 30-barrel fermenting tank, a 12-foot tall stainless steel vessel that will be used to ferment Lucky Town’s first batches of beer. The tank (seen in the photo below) has already been installed at Back Forty’s brewery in Gadsden.

As distribution grows, we will begin adding additional tanks at Back Forty’s facility to accommodate the demand which will allow Lucky Town to brew more styles simultaneously. Once Lucky Town’s brewery is built, all of our fermenters will then be moved from Back Forty’s facility into our very own facility here in Mississippi.

Lucky Town has also signed distribution agreements with three in-state distributors — Capital City Beverages, F.E.B. Distributing, and Stokes Distributing — providing coverage from the Jackson Area to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Keep an eye on Facebook, Twitter and Lucky Town’s website for the latest news on the craft beer start-up.

Lucky Town's new fermenter

Tickets on sale for Mississippi’s first high-gravity beer festival on July 28 in Jackson

June 19, 2012 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events

Tickets are on sale for the 3rd Annual Top of the Hops ­Beer Fest in Jackson, which will be held July 28 at the Jackson Convention Complex.

And thanks to a change in state law, the festival will be the first in Mississippi to feature higher-gravity beers.

More than 150 different beers will be available at the event, which runs from 4 to 8 p.m., and patrons can get unlimited 2-oz. samples.

General admission tickets are $35 in advance and can be purchased online. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $75, which includes entrance to the festival an hour early, access to a VIP area, beer tasting selections not available to general admission ticket holders and complimentary food from 4-7 p.m.

In April, Governor Phil Bryant has signed a bill, effective July 1, that raises the alcohol-by-weight limit in beer from 5% to 8%,

Top of the Hops Beer Fest - Jackson