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Memphis Made Brewing opens taproom in Cooper-Young to public today

November 21, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

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Hand-crafted beer from Memphis Made Brewing Co. can be found at more than 100 bars, restaurants and stores in Shelby County. But starting today, you can walk into the brewery, sit down, and enjoy a fresh pint straight from the source.

Memphis Made opens its doors to the public today with the official launch of its new Cooper-Young area taproom at 768 S. Cooper.

With eight beers on tap, Memphis Made will be open on Fridays from 4 to 9 p.m., with food trucks parked outside each night. Memphis Made plans to expand hours and days of operation soon.

For its launch, the taproom will be serving beer starting at noon today. Hot Mess food truck will also be selling burritos in the parking lot near the “I Love Memphis” mural.

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The brewery had a preview event Thursday night for friends and family. The taproom is sparse and industrial, with a dark wood lattice above the bar. It feels like you’re really drinking in a brewery, not a bar, amid the fermentation tanks, kegs and brewing equipment.

Founded by friends and Cooper-Young residents Andy Ashby and Drew Barton, the latter the former head brewer at French Broad Brewery in North Carolina, Memphis Made opened its production brewery last October. Ashby and Barton worked on ramping up production and getting their beers onto local taps before starting on the taproom, but they said they are looking forward to this new chapter for the brewery.

“Both Andy and I are just excited about the direct consumption with the customer, being able to sit down at our place and have a beer. It’s something I’ve really missed from French Broad: getting done with the work day, changing out of my boots … and walking over to the tasting room and having a beer. We’ve been looking forward to making that happen,” Barton said, pictured below.

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Memphis Made will be selling 20-ounce pints for $6 and 10-ounce pints for $3.

“We both really like a good 20-ounce English pint. It’s just always been one of our favorites. … And we’ve always been a fan of just being able to offer a half pint. If you’re sitting at the bar with a friend, and you don’t quite feel like having a full pint, there you go, you can get a half pint easy.”

Meanwhile, 64-ounce and 32-ounce growlers to go will be available, as well.

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A 1,000-square-foot patio facing York is Memphis Made’s new entrance, with a parking lot for customers just across the street.

“I think this is perfect for the neighborhood. It’s going to be very laid back,” Barton said. “I mean you’re drinking beer in a warehouse. It doesn’t get much more easy than that. It’s going to be very casual. It’ll probably be pretty packed in here these first couple of times we’re open, but it will kind of die down and people will be able to just hang out and chill.”

He added: “I’d love to see families in here. We’ve got a young family, and I know it’s tough to get out.”

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Memphis Made has produced more than a dozen beers its first year, from Plaid Attack!!!, a Scottish ale, to Reverberation, a Belgian coffee stout. But the brewery only recently settled on its first year-round beer, Lucid Kolsch.

“We know that it’s a much more approachable beer. And even in the winter time, even if we have the best intentions of making all these great winter beers, there’s some people that want something just like a Kolsch,” Barton said. “It’s a great beer. We love it. We love the style.”

Memphis Made also released a new special IPA this week, Hundo, brewed with Centennial hops, that will remind folks of Bell’s Two Hearted Ale.

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Memphis Made’s converted warehouse space is Memphis’ third brewery taproom, following the recent opening of tasting rooms at Wiseacre Brewing and High Cotton Brewing Co.

For the Memphis beer community, the opening of Memphis Made is just another sign of how far the scene has come in such a short time.

“It’s still very new, but it’s wonderful how much the customers have gravitated towards that,” Barton said.

“We’re all busting at the seems. I can hardly keep up with just draft. We hardly have time to put stuff in bottles right now. … We’d even love to see six packs happen, but we just don’t have the time or capacity to do it now.”

Memphis Made Brewing to open taproom Nov. 21

November 13, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

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Press release:

Memphis Made Brewing Co. is opening its doors to the public with the official launch of its tap room Friday, Nov. 21.

The Cooper­-Young brewery is hosting a Choose 901 t-­shirt pick­up from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The tap room will stay open until 9 p.m., serving pints inside and growlers to go.

Hot Mess food truck will be providing the food, selling burritos in the brewery parking lot near the “I Love Memphis” mural.

“We’ve seen a lot of growth in our first year, and now we’re excited to get people into the brewery to see where the beer is brewed,” Andy Ashby, who founded Memphis Made Brewing with Drew Barton last October, said. “This tap room will help us to better connect with the community by letting us talk directly with our customers and host events.”

Memphis Made Brewing has hosted a fundraiser for Church Health Center and will be the site of another fundraiser, this one for the Cooper­-Young Community Farmers Market, on Nov. 16.

The brewery has been involved with local events from Gonerfest to Rock N’ Romp and will look for more ways to plug into the community.

Memphis Made Brewing’s new entrance is a 1,000-­square-­foot patio facing York Avenue.

Formerly a loading dock for Keathley Pie Company and Progressive Foods, the covered space is steps away from the future site of Aldo’s Pizza Pies Midtown location.

“We’ve been doing business with Memphis Made for more than a year and we’re looking forward to being their neighbors,” Aldo Dean, the creative force behind the Bardog Tavern, Slider Inn and Aldo’s Pizza Pies said. “We plan to open a bit after them and think it’ll be a great combination for the corner of Cooper and York. Not many things go together as well as pizza and beer.”

Memphis Made Brewing’s tap room will be open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. each Friday. The tap room’s hours and days of operation will be expanded later.

It will be serving 20 ounce pints, 10 ounce half pints and growlers.

Memphis Made Brewing has produced more than a dozen beers in its first year. It now produces one year round beer, Lucid Kolsch, as well as various seasonal offerings and limited edition beers such as Fireside Ninja, Junt, Plaid Attack!!!, Bent Note IPA and Reverberation, a Belgian coffee stout produced with locally roasted coffee from Reverb Coffee Co.

The brewery is releasing Hundo, an IPA with Centennial hops, this week.

Memphis Made Brewing Co. is a production brewery located at 768 S. Cooper St. in Midtown’s historic Cooper-­Young neighborhood. It currently self­-distributes kegs and bottled beer to nearly 100 bars, restaurants, grocery stores and liquor stores throughout Shelby County.

Sold-out 5th annual Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest showcases best beers from South

October 13, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Homebrew, Memphis

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The best beers in the South were on tap at the 5th annual Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest on Saturday.

The sold-out craft beer festival, which is a fundraising event for the Cooper-Young Community Association, showcases breweries within a day’s drive from Memphis, plus beer from Memphis-area homebrewers.

Rain had threatened the festival, but it stayed pretty dry, and the festival might have been the best yet. I felt the beers were particularly strong this year, featuring an impressive variety of styles, and the vibe was as laid-back as ever.

My goal this year was to sample beers from breweries that were largely unfamiliar to me. I had some really great beers  — so picking my favorites was tough — but here’s my Top 5 beers from the festival :

1. “Bourbon Barrel Cocoa Porter,” Country Boy Brewing, Lexington KY — This decadent beer was my favorite of Country Boy’s strong slate of offerings, delivering a rich cocoa flavor with a bourbon finish.

2. “Peanut Butter AstroNut Brown,” Rocket Republic Brewing Company, Madison, AL — People looked at me with raised eyebrows when I suggested they try the “peanut butter beer” from Rocket Republic, but I think a lot of folks were won over by this American Brown Ale. The peanut butter was surprisingly subtle, adding just enough sweetness to make this a beer a winner.

3. “Breakfast Stout,” Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs, Memphis, TN — Brewed by homebrewer Adam Steele, the recipe is essentially the “Brewing Classic Styles” oatmeal stout, using a Randall to infuse the beer with Ugly Mug coffee beans. Adam also cold-steeped the roasted grains, pasteurized them at 180 degrees for 10 minutes and added directly to the fermenter. The result was a delicious coffee stout.

4. “Brother Joseph’s Belgian Dubbel,” Straight to Ale, Huntsville, AL — At 8% ABV, this was a surprising smooth abbey-stye ale with enough flavor that I could still taste the rich malt and fruit character after sampling beers for 3.5 hours.

5. “Masked Bandit India Pale Ale,” Piney River Brewing Co., Bucyrus, MO — There were plenty of hoppy beers on tap at the festival, but I particularly liked this well-balanced black rye IPA., hopped with Amarillo, Citra and Centennial.

What were the best beers you tried? Leave a comment below.

Here are some more photos from the event:

Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest - crowdThe festival drew nearly 1,000 people and sold out in record time.

Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest - YazooNashville’s Yazoo Brewing Company is always a festival favorite. Yazoo’s Ivan Chester (not pictured) brought some special brews for the occasion.

Cooper-Young Regional BeerfestMemphis Made Brewing’s Andy Ashby poured beers at the festival that he helped found five years ago.

Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest - Bluff City BrewersBeers from the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs and Memphis Brewers Association — Memphis’ two homebrew clubs — were popular as always!

Memphis Made Brewing to host inaugural “Cooper York Festival” on Saturday

September 09, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

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On Saturday, tens of thousands of people will converge on Midtown for the annual Cooper-Young Festival.

Memphis Made Brewing Co., which calls Cooper-Young home, will be throwing its own party in the brewery’s parking lot, 768 S. Cooper, to coincide with the neighborhood festivities.

The inaugural “Cooper York Festival” — Memphis Made sits at Cooper and York, just down the road from Young — will feature games, food and craft brews from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“We’ll have Lucid Kolsch and Soulful Ginger, plus we’re brewing up an IPA with some New Zealand hops,” said Memphis Made’s Andy Ashby.

The event will feature food from Central BBQ and (soon-to-be-neighbor) Aldo’s Pizza Pies and games like Giant Jenga and corn hole. In addition, Memphis Made will be selling merchandise such as t-shirts, glasses and onesies.

Finally, there will be a Memphis Grizzlies-supported basketball art show, “No Easy Buckets: A Celebration of Art and Basketball,” presented by Double Scribble, as well as a pop-up basketball court and Grizz Gear.

So if you’re headed to Cooper-Young Saturday, be sure to stop at Cooper-York…