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Brew Line returns to Memphis radio on Saturdays

November 02, 2012 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Memphis

Brew Line

Starting tomorrow morning, Brew Line returns to the Memphis airwaves on WMC AM 790.

The beer-centric radio program, hosted by Greg Haltom, Curly Birkholtz and Mike Lee, will air Saturday mornings from 9 to 10 a.m.

According to the show’s Facebook page, the program will cover the latest in the craft beer industry, “the Big 3″ and beers from around the world,  and will feature guest interviews, product tastings, beer and food pairings, Michael’s Recipe of the Week, Curly’s Big Six and Greg’s Cooler Door Prize Game.

The program previously aired from 1998 to 2004, and is making a comeback. Lee is the owner of homebrew shop Midsouth Malts and vice president and CFO of startup High Cotton Brewing Company.

To call in to the show Saturdays at 9 a.m., dial 901-274-7979.

High Cotton Brewing plans to open microbrewery near Downtown Memphis

April 25, 2012 By: mike Category: Beer in the news, Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Mike Lee

Mike Lee, owner of Mid-South Malts, is among the investors in High Cotton Brewing Company.

A team of investors has an option on a building in the Edge District near Downtown and plans to open a microbrewery in the space by year’s end.

High Cotton Brewing Company LLC has a contract to buy an 8,778-square-foot building at 598 Monroe, across from Kudzu’s Bar & Grill, and plans to start a craft brewing operation, according to several media reports. The building is a former auto parts distributorship.

High Cotton would be only the third brewery in Memphis after Midtown brewpub Boscos and Boscos’ sister brewery, Ghost River Brewing, a microbrewery in Downtown.

High Cotton’s partners include longtime brewer Mike Lee, owner of homebrew supply shop Mid-South Malts; Brice Timmons, a lawyer with Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee, P.C.; Ryan Staggs, an engineer with Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division; and Ross Avery, a pilot with United Airlines. There is also a fifth silent partner in the venture.

High Cotton’s primary business would be selling kegs to local bars and restaurants, but it also plans to open a taproom with limited hours. That aspect of the business would require an amendment to the city’s alcoholic beverage ordinance and city and county zoning codes, according to The Commercial Appeal. Current rules don’t allow beer consumption in establishments that don’t serve food.

High Cotton will brew with a seven-barrel system, producing 14 kegs of beer at a time, the Memphis Business Journal reports, and plans to open with two regular beers.

We’re trying to formulate recipes that are very well-crafted and flavorful, and more geared towards the craft drinker – that’s our goal,” Lee told the Memphis Daily News. “We anticipate being very customer-friendly. We want to craft beers that people really want to drink.”

Stay tuned for more on High Cotton from FuzzyBrew. Meanwhile, what would you like to see from Memphis’ newest brewery? Leave a comment below.

Beers from Stone, Yazoo and Ghost River to be served at Brew Movement on Thursday

March 12, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Homebrew, Memphis

The brewery list is out for the 3rd annual Brew Movement, and the highlights include beers from Stone Brewing Co., Yazoo Brewing Co. and Ghost River Brewing.

The beer tasting event, which benefits the Mid South Chapter of the National MS Society, is Thursday, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., at the Chickasaw Oaks Village shopping center in East Memphis.

In addition to Stone, Yazoo and Ghost River, beers will be served from Boscos, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Red Brick Brewing, Saranac and Woodchuck. On the sweeter side, there will be Young’s Double Chocolate Stout and Lindemnan’s Framboise Raspberry Lambic for “chocolate truffles” and beer floats.

There will also be plenty of homebrew from the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs and the Memphis Brewer’s Association.

The Bluff City Brewers are bringing a Black Lager, Cask-conditioned Bitter, Irish Red, Irish Stout, Orange Dreamsicle and Prohibition Ale. The Brewer’s Association guys will bring an Altbier, American Brown (one batch with American Ale yeast and one with London ESB yeast), American Pale Ale, Rosemary Pale Ale, Piggy Porter (bacon porter) and a Scottish Ale.

The event will feature hors d’oeuvres from Just for Lunch and Ciao Bella. There will also be live music, door prizes and a silent auction.

Tickets, which cost $25, are still available online or in person at Midsouth Malts, 741 N. White Station.

To see photos and a recap of last year’s event from FuzzyBrew, go here

Brew Movement for MS poster

Tickets on sale for 3rd annual Brew Movement for MS in Memphis

February 21, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Brew Movement for MS - scene

The MS Brew Movement drew a nice crowd last year to Chickasaw Oaks Village shopping center in East Memphis.

Tickets are on sale for the 3rd annual Brew Movement benefiting the Mid South Chapter of the National MS Society.

The craft beer and homebrew tasting event will be held Thursday, March 15, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., at the Chickasaw Oaks Village shopping center, 3092 Poplar, in East Memphis.

Memphis’ homebrew club, the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs, will be bringing six beers for tasting: Black Lager, Cask-Conditioned Bitter, Irish Red, Prohibition Ale, Irish Stout and Orange Dreamsicle (which sounds really intriguing!) The Memphis Brewer’s Association is also providing homebrew.

Craft beers will be supplied by Southwestern Distributing, Boscos and Ghost River Brewing. The event will feature hors d’oeuvres from Just for Lunch and Ciao Bella. There will also be live music, door prizes and a silent auction.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online here or in person at Midsouth Malts, 741 N. White Station

To see photos and a recap of last year’s event from FuzzyBrew, go here. And check out the event poster below.

Brew Movement for MS poster