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Memphis could use a brewery fit for a King

March 23, 2012 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis, Site news, Uncategorized

In a city shaped by Kings, it was an obvious choice.

“Kings Brewery” was our favorite among the 54 entries into FuzzyBrew’s contest to win tickets to the 3rd annual River City Brewers Festival, coming up March 31 in historic Handy Park in Downtown Memphis.

We asked entrants: if you were to open your own brewery or brewpub in the Mid-South, what would you name it?

The name Kings Brewery had everything we were looking for.

Memphis has been influenced by many Kings, from Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, to Bluesman B.B King, to civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., and even wrestling legend Jerry “The King” Lawler.

“Kings” also evokes images of a smokey, old-school British pub where you’d grab a pint after a long day. (The hypothetical logo, above right, was imagined by the lovely and talented Sara from Metal and Mud, who also happened to design the FuzzyBrew banner at the top of the blog.)

So congrats to Joseph for the winning entry. He gets a pair of tickets to Session B of the festival. Jim and Brittany were picked at random and each also wins tickets, courtesy of the festival organizers.

Here are some of our other favorite suggested brewery names, in no particular order:

From Ashley Harrison: Blue Suede Brews

I would name my brewery “Blue Suede Brews” obviously in honor of Memphis’ own Elvis Presley.

From Diana: The Push and Pull

In honor of Rufus Thomas – the Push and Pull (the barkeep will be pulling pints). Other things on the menu could be the Funky Chicken Wings, the Walking the [Hot] Dog, etc.

From Matthew Magbee: Time Machine

I would have Solution names for each of my brews…. i.e Time Machine Solution #22 Then a brief description of the product followed by local artists making the label art.

From Tate: Crossroads Brewery

The different brews would be named after different Robert Johnson tunes.

From David Twombly: Neon Pig

I once read an article in the Hot Springs (AR) newspaper claiming the surest sign of a good restaurant is the presence of a plastic cow on the roof or a neon pig in the window. Since my wife and I decided that, if we ever form a band, we’d call ourselves the Plastic Cows, I’ll go with “Neon Pig” for the brewery–especially since we live here (1) in the BBQ capital of the world, which (2) also contains Beale St.

From Toby: The Bell Tavern

I’ve always thought it would be cool to resurrect the classic name (and spirit) of The Bell Tavern, one of the first bars in Memphis. Old Paddy drank himself to death and surely wouldn’t mind if I borrowed his idea.

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest and to the festival organizers for the tickets. We received some great entries over the past couple of weeks. (Read all the entries here.)

Didn’t win tickets? You can still buy tickets online for $30.

There will be two sessions: Session A is from noon-4 p.m., and Session B is from 6-10 p.m.

More than 100 different beers will be available to sample, including a great selection of craft beer and homebrewed beer.

Win free tickets to the River City Brewers Festival in Memphis

March 08, 2012 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Giveaways, Homebrew, Memphis

River City Brewers Festival ticketsWe’ve got tickets to give away!

The 3rd annual River City Brewers Festival is coming up March 31 in Handy Park on historic Beale Street in Downtown Memphis. More than 100 different beers will be available to sample, including a great selection of craft beer and homebrewed beer. (Check out our recap of last year’s event.)

There will be two sessions: Session A is from noon-4 p.m., and Session B is from 6-10 p.m.

We’re going to give away three sets of tickets for Session B, courtesy of the festival organizers, right here in this very blog post! The face value on those tickets is $60 per pair.

So here’s how this is gonna work:

Homebrewers and lovers of craft beer often dream of starting their own brewery or brewpub. Those of us at FuzzyBrew are no different. FuzzyBrew has a nice ring to it, right?

So if you were to name your very own brewery or brewpub here in the Mid-South, what would you name it?

All you have to do is leave a comment below and tell us what you’d name your brewery or brewpub! If there’s a story to tell about the name, please share. But please make sure when you comment to leave your email in the email field  in case we need to contact you. (Don’t worry, your email won’t be public, and we won’t use it for anything else.)

We’ll pick our favorite name and give that person two free tickets to the festival. We’ll also pick two more people at random, and they’ll each win a set of tickets. So you can be creative, or just lucky, and you can win either way.

Be sure to enter by Thursday, March 22, at noon. That’s the deadline. We’ll send you the tickets in time for the festival. One entry per person, please.

So leave a comment below, name your brewery, and you could be headed to the River City Brewers Festival on March 31!

Tickets on sale for 3rd annual River City Brewers Festival on March 31

January 30, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Homebrew, Memphis

Tickets are on sale for the 3rd annual River City Brewers Festival, a craft beer and homebrew tasting event in Handy Park on Beale Street.

More than 100 different beers will be available to sample at the festival, which is coming up March 31. Breweries include regional favorites Boscos, Ghost River Brewing, Yazoo Brewing Company, Schafly, Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company, Red Brick Brewing and others.

In addition, six homebrewers from the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs will serve their brews.

There will be two sessions: Session A is from noon-4 p.m., and Session B is from 6-10 p.m. Tickets are $30 per session and can be purchased online.

Here’s more from the festival organizers:

Pouring more than 100 different flavors of beer, River City Brewers Festival will once again be the quintessential celebration of craft beer in Memphis, TN! There’s no better place to sip suds with friends, enjoy live music, and live it up than at the 3rd Annual River City Brewers Festival. Each ticket holder will sample fantastic beer that isn’t normally available in the area! Admission includes samples from the best local, regional, national, and import breweries in the world all in your handy souvenir mug.

Proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis.

I volunteered at the Rivers City Brewers Festival last year and, despite a lot of rain, had a really good time. Check out the FuzzyBrew recap here.

Recap of the River City Brewers Festival

March 28, 2011 By: mike Category: Events, Memphis

River City Brewers Festival - mug

It was a cold and rainy day, but the beer still flowed freely at the River City Brewers Festival Saturday.

The event, which featured an afternoon session as well as a night session, drew hundreds to Handy Park in Downtown Memphis.

I poured Land Shark Lager and Shock Top Belgian White as a festival volunteer during the daytime session.

The beers at the festival — there were more than 75 available — were mostly brews you could find on Memphis retail store shelves, but the variety was good. Some of my favorite beers of the day were Yazoo Brewing Company’s Hop Project, Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo, New Belgium’s Mighty Arrow and Schlafly’s Oatmeal Stout.

River City Brewers Festival - rainFestival-goers huddle at the stage to keep dry.

River City Brewers Festival - blue seatsGhost River Brewing was among the breweries at the festival.

River City Brewers Festival - Yazoo tentThe Yazoo Brewing Company tent.

River City Brewers Festival - Yazoo tentA keg of Yazoo’s smoked-beer, Sue, was tapped at 2 p.m.

River City Brewers Festival - Shock TopThe tap handle for Shock Top Belgian White.

River City Brewers Festival - Schlafly tentThe Schlafly beer tent featured Dry-Hopped APA, Oatmeal Stout and Summer Lager.

River City Brewers Festival - YuenglingThe Yuengling beer tent.

River City Brewers Festival - New BelgiumThe New Belgium tent had Mighty Arrow, 1554 and Fat Tire.

River City Brewers Festival - Land Shark bottlesBottles of Land Shark Lager from the Margaritaville Brewing Company.

River City Brewers Festival - Land SharkThe tap handle for Landshark Lager, complete with teeth marks.

River City Brewers Festival - Education sessionBeer experts talk about brewing beer.

River City Brewers Festival - Mulch BrothersThe Mulch Brothers performed during Session A.

River City Brewers Festival - Bluff City Brewers tentThe Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs tent.

River City Brewers Festival - Bluff City BrewersA bag of rocks serves as a paperweight at the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs tent.

River City Brewers Festival - Lazy Magnolia, with crawfishLazy Magnolia’s South Pecan, with a crawfish.