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A.S. Barboro launching distribution of higher-alcohol beers in Memphis area

July 29, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Memphis

A.S. Barbaro Beer distributor A.S. Barboro has received its license to distribute high-gravity beers in the Memphis area and is starting to roll out stronger beers to local bars and restaurants.

High-alcohol beers from Schlafly, Samuel Adams, Lazy Magnolia and Southern Tier — all part of A.S. Barboro’s beer portfolio — will soon be available in Memphis.

The distributor sold its first kegs of higher-alcohol Schlafly beers last week — 10 kegs of Schlafly American IPA went to the Flyer Saucer. Other beers are being ordered and will be available as soon as the trucks deliver, said A.S. Barboro’s Ashley Crawford.

For now, the distributor will only be selling to bars and restaurants as it ramps up its high-gravity operations under the banner of a new company called Omni Beverage, she said. But high-alcohol beers will soon be coming to liquor store shelves, possibly by the end of August.

Everything should be fully ramped-up by the time fall seasonals arrive, such as Southern Tier’s Pumking.

High-alcohol beers in Tennessee are defined as those with alcoholic content greater than 5% by weight, or about 6.25% by volume.

A.S.Barboro joins Budweiser of Memphis as a distributor of high-gravity beers in the Memphis area. Budweiser’s portfolio includes Stone Brewing Co., Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Rogue Ales, Yazoo Brewing Co., among others.

Double Down Beer-Rita Fest coming to Tunica Sept. 16-17

August 22, 2011 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Double Down Beer-Rita FestA new beer festival is coming to Tunica County in Mississippi next month.

The Double Down Beer-Rita Fest, part of the 2011 Smokin’ Aces Festival, will take place Sept. 16-17 at Harrah’s Tunica.

Samples of more than of over 100 beverages, including craft and international beers, margaritas and other frozen concoctions, will be served at two different sessions. Regional breweries at the festival include Ghost River Brewing, Schlafly Beer and Lazy Magnolia.

Session 1 is Friday (Sept. 16) from 5 to 9 p.m.; Session 2 (Sept. 17) is Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online.

The Smokin’ Aces Festival, which benefits Porter-Leath, also features a BBQ Championship, car show, cornhole tournament and live music.

If you wanna try to win tickets for the Beer-Rita Fest, the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs homebrew club is giving away free tickets. Check out the Bluff City Brewers on Facebook for details.

Recap of the River City Brewers Festival

March 28, 2011 By: mike Category: Events, Memphis

River City Brewers Festival - mug

It was a cold and rainy day, but the beer still flowed freely at the River City Brewers Festival Saturday.

The event, which featured an afternoon session as well as a night session, drew hundreds to Handy Park in Downtown Memphis.

I poured Land Shark Lager and Shock Top Belgian White as a festival volunteer during the daytime session.

The beers at the festival — there were more than 75 available — were mostly brews you could find on Memphis retail store shelves, but the variety was good. Some of my favorite beers of the day were Yazoo Brewing Company’s Hop Project, Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo, New Belgium’s Mighty Arrow and Schlafly’s Oatmeal Stout.

River City Brewers Festival - rainFestival-goers huddle at the stage to keep dry.

River City Brewers Festival - blue seatsGhost River Brewing was among the breweries at the festival.

River City Brewers Festival - Yazoo tentThe Yazoo Brewing Company tent.

River City Brewers Festival - Yazoo tentA keg of Yazoo’s smoked-beer, Sue, was tapped at 2 p.m.

River City Brewers Festival - Shock TopThe tap handle for Shock Top Belgian White.

River City Brewers Festival - Schlafly tentThe Schlafly beer tent featured Dry-Hopped APA, Oatmeal Stout and Summer Lager.

River City Brewers Festival - YuenglingThe Yuengling beer tent.

River City Brewers Festival - New BelgiumThe New Belgium tent had Mighty Arrow, 1554 and Fat Tire.

River City Brewers Festival - Land Shark bottlesBottles of Land Shark Lager from the Margaritaville Brewing Company.

River City Brewers Festival - Land SharkThe tap handle for Landshark Lager, complete with teeth marks.

River City Brewers Festival - Education sessionBeer experts talk about brewing beer.

River City Brewers Festival - Mulch BrothersThe Mulch Brothers performed during Session A.

River City Brewers Festival - Bluff City Brewers tentThe Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs tent.

River City Brewers Festival - Bluff City BrewersA bag of rocks serves as a paperweight at the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs tent.

River City Brewers Festival - Lazy Magnolia, with crawfishLazy Magnolia’s South Pecan, with a crawfish.

A video tour of Mississippi’s Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company

February 27, 2011 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer

Here’s a cool video that takes you inside Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company in Kiln, Miss. I found it in the media section of Lazy Magnolia’s website, which has a few other videos — some promos and a radio interview.

Lazy Magnolia from 4Tell Films on Vimeo.