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New beer update: Tennessee Brew Works continues Memphis rollout

October 08, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Events, Memphis

Tennessee Brew Works taps

Nashville’s Tennessee Brew Works is continuing its launch into the Memphis market.

Tonight, there’s a “Meet the Brewer” event at the Young Avenue Deli. Head brewer/co-founder Garr Schwartz be there talking beer and sharing swag from 7 to 9 p.m.

Saturday, the brewery will make its Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest debut.

Tennessee Brew Works, which recently celebrated its first anniversary, is expanding into Memphis through distribution partner A.S. Barboro. All five year-round, or “headliner” beers, will be available in Memphis at various times, including the Southern WitExtra EasyCutaway IPABasil Ryeman and Country Roots.

Tennessee Brew Works held a tasting last week at Cash Saver’s Madison Growler & Bottle Shop, and I stopped by to meet co-founder Christian Spears and try out the brews.

All the beers I tried were really solid, but my favorites were Country Roots — the best sweet potato stout I’ve ever tasted — and Basil Ryeman — a smooth farmhouse ale brewed with Thai basil. The Cutaway IPA is also excellent.

Look for these beers on tap around Memphis soon and, of course, at Saturday’s sold-out Cooper Young beerfest, if you’re lucky enough to have a ticket.

TN at GABF: Wiseacre, Yazoo, McHale’s win medals at 2014 Great American Beer Festival

October 04, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Competition, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Three Tennessee craft breweries — Memphis’ Wiseacre Brewing Company, Nashville’s Yazoo Brewing Company  and Chattanooga’s McHale’s Brewhouse — won medals today at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

Wiseacre Tiny BombThe festival, in its 28th year, is the largest commercial beer competition in the world. A total of 234 different breweries won either gold, silver or bronze medals in 90 beer categories covering 145 different beer styles.

Wiseacre won a bronze medal for its Tiny Bomb in the German-Style Pilsener category (75 entries). This was Wiseacre’s first year to compete at GABF.

Brothers Davin and Kellan Bartosch opened Wiseacre on Broad Avenue in 2013. Tiny Bomb, available on draft and in cans in the Memphis area, is one of the brewery’s two year-round beers, along with Ananda IPA.

“It’s great to be recognized for something that you have worked so hard on for so long, especially by my peers, the greatest beer judges in the world. Pilsner is among the most difficult styles of beer to produce and we are glad to be honored in this way. I almost cried,” brewmaster Davin Bartosch said in a press release.

Added Kellan Bartosch: “With Firestone and Russian River being the other medalist in the category as two of the most highly acclaimed breweries in the country, it says a lot about the internal admiration for Pilsner among brewers. Craft beer drinkers often stick to mega hoppy IPAs or big stouts, but external appreciation for tasty lower ABV beers is on the rise and Tiny Bomb made here in Memphis can now be considered a leader of the pack on a national scale.”

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Bronze medal for Tiny Bomb #gabf

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Meanwhile, Yazoo captured the bronze medal in the Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer category (65 entries) for its Cherry Deux Rouges, part of the Nashville brewery’s Embrace the Funk series. The medal is Yazoo’s fourth overall, having won twice for its Hefeweizen and once for Sue.

The final Tennessee winner was Chattanooga’s McHale’s Brewhouse, which won a gold medal for its Scottish Pride beer in the Scottish-Style Ale category (51 entries). It’s the first GABF win for McHale’s Brewhouse.

A huge congrats to all the Tennessee winners!

Tennessee Brew Works to open its taproom in Nashville this week

October 28, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer

tennessee-brew-worksTennessee Brew Works is opening its “Tennessee Taproom” this week, making it the latest Nashville craft brewery to open a tasting room.

The official opening for the taproom at 809 Ewing Ave is Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. The taproom will also be open Friday, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, from 2 to 6 p.m.

“With the tasting room overlooking the brewery, you’ll be able to enjoy all of our brews while observing up close where the beer was created,” according to an e-mail from the brewery.

Basil Ryeman, Country Roots, Cutaway IPA, Extra Easy and Southern Wit are Tennessee Brew Works’ “headliners,” or year-round beers.

Tennessee Brew Works is distributing its craft beers to bars and restaurants in the Nashville area but plans to expand to Memphis, too.

Nashville’s Blackstone Brewing Co. wins silver medal at Great American Beer Festival

October 12, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Competition, Craft beer

St. Charles Porter

Blackstone’s St. Charles Porter, 2013 silver medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver

Nashville’s Blackstone Brewing Co. won a silver medal Saturday in the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

Blackstone’s St. Charles Porter won second place in the Brown Porter category. It was the 8th win at GABF for the St. Charles Porter and Blackstone’s 12th medal since 1996.

No other brewery in Tennessee took home medals in Denver this year, and no Mississippi or Arkansas breweries were winners.

The 2013 Great American Beer Festival competition, which awarded 252 medals, is the largest commercial beer competition in the world. In its 27th year, the 2013 competition surpassed all previous participation records.

Award-winning brewers received gold, silver and bronze medals in 84 beer categories covering 138 different beer styles (encompassing subcategories), establishing the best examples of each style in the U.S. Winners were chosen from 4,809 competition entries from 745 breweries, hailing from 49 states, plus Washington, D.C.

View all the winners here.