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Nashville’s Yazoo Brewing releases new winter seasonal Scotch Ale

November 14, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer

Yazoo Brewing CompanyNashville’s Yazoo Brewing Company has released a new winter seasonal beer, the Yazoo Winter Scotch Ale.

Yazoo describes the beer as “a very malt forward beer made with a good bit of Maris Otter malts, boasting a deep copper color that matches the full bodied flavor.”

The beer will be available in stores in Tennessee and Mississippi, and is on tap now in Yazoo’s taproom.

Tried it yet? Let me know how it is in the comments below.

What a great week to welcome Yazoo Winter Scotch Ale.

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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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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.