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High-gravity beers from Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing arriving soon in Memphis

December 07, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Memphis

New Belgium logoIf you live in Memphis and like beers from Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing Co., you soon won’t need to trek to the Walgreens in West Memphis, Ark., to buy New Belgium’s higher-alcohol beers.

The Fort Collins craft brewer’s Ranger IPA, Abbey and Trippel, as well as the Lips of Faith series and seasonal Frambozen, are slated to hit the Memphis market next week in bottles and on draft, according to distributor Budweiser of Memphis.

Many liquor stores that sell high-gravity beers will have the New Belgium line-up, as well as bars and restaurants with a good selection of craft beer, including The Flying Saucer, Young Avenue Deli, Local Gastropub, Alchemy, Sweet Grass, Aldo’s Pizza Pies, Mellow Mushroom, Hog & Hominy and others.

Budweiser of Memphis has recently opened up a new company called West Tennessee Beverage to service liquor stores and bars and restaurants with high-alcohol licenses. Budweiser of Memphis has also recently taken over the craft beer portfolio of Southwestern Distributing as part of the sale of Southwestern’s beer business to the Hand Family Companies.

What’s your favorite New Belgium beer? Leave a comment below.

‘Homage to TV Dinners Past’ at Local Gastropub in Memphis to feature Yazoo pairings

April 06, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Yazoo Brewing CompanyFans of TV dinners and beer, this is an event for you.

Local Gastropub in Downtown Memphis will host a special beer dinner next week with a theme of “Homage to TV Dinners Past.”

The five-course dinner prepared by Chef Derk Meitzler will be paired with beers from Nashville’s Yazoo Brewing Company.

It all happens Wednesday, April 11,at 7 p.m.

Here’s more from Local:

For  $35 per person, plus tax and gratuity, try dishes like Kobe Salisbury Steak,  Pork Belly Mac n Cheese, and other new plays on old favorites! Let us provide an evening of great food and drink while you learn more about how to pair beer with food for your own gatherings and festivities.” [source]

For more information, or to make reservations, call Anna Katherine Metzger or Derk Meitzler at Local at 901-473-9573. Only 40 seats are available for the event.

‘A Salute to Tennessee’ beer dinner

April 01, 2011 By: mike Category: Breweries, Events, Memphis

Salute to Tennessee beer dinnerOn Tuesday, April 12, Local Gastropub in Memphis is hosting a dinner featuring beers from Tennessee breweries.

Beers from Ghost River Brewing in Memphis and Yazoo Brewing Company in Nashville will be paired with each course and used in some of the recipes.

A reception starts at 6:30 p.m., with dinner to follow at 7 at the Downtown establishment, 95 S. Main.

Cost is $37.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity. To RSVP, call Local Gastropub at 901-473-9573.

Here’s the menu:

Ghost River Golden Ale Steamed Mussels & Yazoo Dos Perros Beer Bread
Paired with → Ghost River Golden Ale

Tennessee Lyonnaise ~ Baby field greens, local fresh poached egg, crisp pork belly with tarragon aioli
Paired with → Yazoo Hefeweizen

Ghost River Glacial Pale Ale beer-brined bone-in pork chop with crawfish cream & spicy mashed sweet potatoes
Paired with → Yazoo Hop Project

Candied Bacon Crème Brulee
Paired with → Yazoo Dos Perros

Next week: Mardi Gras Dinner at Local Gastropub in Memphis

March 02, 2011 By: mike Category: Events, Memphis

Madi Gras Dinner at Local GastropubMemphis’ “Beer Guy” Steve Barzizza is hosting another beer dinner — this one on Fat Tuesday at Local Gastropub Downtown.

The Mardi Gras Dinner on March 8 will feature five courses, each paired with a beer from Louisiana’s Abita Brewery.

There will be a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Cost is $35 per person, plus tax and gratuity.  Call 901-473-9593 to make reservations.

Here’s the menu:

Abita S.O.S. (Save Our Shores) Pilsner, 7% ABV

BBQ Fried Oysters with creamy mascarpone grits, paired with Abita Andygator, 8% ABV

Creole Caesar salad with cornmeal grits and tasso ham with spicy Caesar dressing, paired with Abita Jockamo IPA, 6.5% ABV

Blackened 8 oz. filet with sweet potato hash, caramelized onion and crawfish demi-glaze, paired with Abita Amber, 4.5% ABV

Bananas Foster Bread Pudding, paired with Abita Abbey Ale, 8% ABV