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Memphis Beer Week: Events and specials at The Growler in Cooper-Young

April 18, 2014 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis, Uncategorized

Growler-Memphis

Here’s what’s happening next week at The Growler in Cooper-Young for Memphis Beer Week:

Monday, 4/21: $4 pints and free growlers to the first 10 growler fills

Tuesday, 4/22: Meet Andy, Drew and Alex from Memphis Made Brewing Company from 6-8 p.m.  Memphis Made Brewery pints will be $4. Also, homebrewers from Memphis’ two homebrew clubs, the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs and Memphis Brewers Association, are planning a meet-up at The Growler at 7 p.m. Come by and talk beer.

Wednesday, 4/23: Ghost River pints will be $4.

Thursday, 4/24: Wiseacre Brewery pints will be $4.

Friday, 4/25: $4 flights and High Cotton Brewery pints for $4, as well.

Saturday, 4/26: Local brewery pints will be $4.

You can see the full list of official Memphis Beer Week events here.

Memphis Made Brewing to release limited-edition 750ml bottles of Reverberation, Southern Julep

April 17, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Memphis

Starting this weekend, Memphis Made Brewing Co. will be releasing its beer in limited-edition 750ml bottles, all bottled by hand.

Memphis Made - Reverberation

Memphis Made - Southern Julep

Here’s a press release from Memphis Made:

Memphis Made Brewing Starts Hitting the Bottle

Starting Saturday, fans of Memphis Made Brewing Co. will be able to enjoy this local beer a new way: in large bottles.

The small brewery in Cooper Young will be releasing a hand bottled, limited edition batch of Reverberation in 750 milliliter bottles.

Reverberation is a Belgian coffee stout that has served as one of the strictly-seasonal brewery’s winter offerings. We use freshly roasted coffee through a collaboration with Memphis-based Reverb Coffee Co.

The beers will debut at another local business, the Madison Growler and Bottle Shop, located inside the Cash Saver at 1620 Madison.

The Madison Growler opens at 10 a.m. Saturday and will start selling these bottles at noon.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the launch,” Taylor James, Beer Manager at Cash Saver, said. “As a local business it is great that we are able to support a local brewery. This is also the first time in Memphis that a brewery has had a limited release of a 750 milliliter bottle in a grocery store, another first we’re proud to hang our hat on.”

Whole Foods Market in East Memphis will also carry this small batch brew early next week, making it one of two places you can get this brew.

Next week, Memphis Made will be releasing its second bottled beer, Southern Julep, to coincide with Memphis Beer Week.

This Belgian style brown ale is brewed with fresh mint and aged with American oak.

It will have a wider distribution than the Reverberation.

Memphis Made also plans to commit random acts of bottling.

“Since we opened last October, people have been asking us how they can take our beer to go,” Andy Ashby, co-founder of Memphis Made, said. “We’ve always directed them to some of the great growler operations around town, but now they have another option for drinking our beer. It’s all about giving people more choices.”

Adam Shellabarger, a designer with with Midtown design and advertising firm Combustion and a Cooper-Young resident, designed the labels for Memphis Made’s bottles.

Beer packaging news: Memphis Made Brewing and Central BBQ try out pig bladders

April 01, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Funny, Memphis

Memphis MadeGotta love this press release from Memphis Made Brewing that came over the transom on this April 1 (ahem, April Fool’s Day). The quotes are hilarious.

Memphis Made Brewing and Central BBQ collaborate on uniquely Memphis packaging

In what both companies think is a first, Memphis Made Brewing Co. and Central BBQ are going to package beer in a unique way: in a pig bladder.

“It might seem strange, but some civilizations have been serving wine and other beverages in the skins of animals for centuries.” Drew Barton, head brewer of Memphis Made, said. “We just wanted to do something which is distinctly Memphis and we couldn’t think of anything better than to tap into the city’s deep barbecue talent.”

Naturally, the minds at Memphis Made thought of Central BBQ, one of the city’s best local barbecue restaurants.

“I thought they were a bit strange when they pitched us the idea,” Craig Blondis, co-owner of Central BBQ, said. “However, we tried a few test batches and it worked. Since we don’t really use the pig bladder for much around here, and because we thought it’d save us a lot in glassware, we thought it’d be worth a shot. Also, the local synergies realized through this pairing is a paramount part of our marketing equation to tap into the locavore movement to the utmost.”

The pig bladders have many benefits over traditional glassware such as pints or growlers. First, it reuses something which would be thrown away. Also, they can be reused, as a pig bladder is very flexible and durable.

“Think about it: pigs can eat almost anything,” Blondis said. “This is because of their stomach lining, which is as durable as most commercial plastic.”

This means the pig bladders could also be used instead of a growler, a 64 ounce glass jug which has become popular in Memphis after the opening of the Madison Growler Shop at Cash Saver, the Growler Memphis on South Cooper and a growler-filling station at Whole Foods in East Memphis.

At this time, none of these businesses have agreed to use pig bladders instead of growlers, according to Memphis Made account manager Andy Ashby.

“But we’re working on them,” he said.

Memphis Made to unveil new brews at Flying Saucer in March

March 05, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Memphis MadeMemphis Made Brewing Co. is teaming up with the Flying Saucer for a month of new beers and specials.

Memphis Made March Madness will feature four new and limited-edition beers at both Memphis-area Flying Saucer locations, culminating in a beer dinner in April.

Each Monday will bring the debut of a new beer at the Downtown and Cordova Flying Saucers. Mondays are also pint nights at the Saucer, with most pints $3.50.

Here’s the lineup:

March 3: Junt, a limited edition farmhouse-style ale with cumin.

March 10: Bent Note, a new spring seasonal standard IPA with generous amounts of Nugget and Delta hops.

March 17: oak-aged Plaid Attack, a slightly-smoked Scottish ale.

March 24: Cocoa Reverberation, a chocolate-tinged version of Memphis Made’s coffee stout collaboration with Reverb Coffee Company.

The person who gets the last pint of each keg will get free tickets to beer dinners being held at the Flying Saucer. The dinners will be held 7 p.m., April 3 at both locations and feature all of the beer from March as well as lots of locally-sourced food. Tickets to the beer dinner will also be sold at both Flying Saucer locations.