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It’s alive! Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot fermentation time lapse video

January 06, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Video

Ever wondered what open fermentation looks like when the yeasties go crazy? Check out this awesome time lapse video of Bigfoot Barleywine-Style Ale fermenting from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

2013 Memphis Beer Week schedule

March 26, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Here it is, folks. The schedule Memphis craft beer lovers have been waiting for…

Memphis Beer WeekBudweiser of Memphis has released the schedule for the 2013 Memphis Beer Week, and it’s going to be nothing short of amazing.

The inaugural celebration of craft beer goodness is April 21-27, culminating in the 4th annual Memphis Brewfest at Autozone Park.

The week is so full of beer events, you’ll have to pick and choose which ones to attend. The highlights include a New Belgium/Yazoo Brewing collaboration sour beer, a special Ghost River porter, tastings at grocery and liquor stores, beer dinners, firkin nights, pint nights, you name it.

Memphis Beer Week 2013 Schedule (Updated 4/23/13)

Sunday, April 21

Hog & Hominy – Yazoo Cask-Conditioned Hop Project Event, 7:30 p.m, hosted by Ivan Chester from Yazoo Brewing Co.

Flying Saucer Downtown – Sour Hour Event, 4 p.m. Tapping the New Belgium/Yazoo Collaboration sour beer. Plus we will have Wayan Sour, New Belgium La Folie, Yazoo Sour Saison. All beers will be paired with local deserts from bakeries and pastry shops.

Flying Saucer Cordova – Sour Hour Event, 6 p.m. Tapping the New Belgium/Yazoo Collaboration sour beer. Plus we will have Wayan Sour, New Belgium La Folie, Yazoo Sour Saison. All beers will be paired with local deserts from bakeries and pastry shops.

Young Avenue Deli – Tapping the New Belgium/Yazoo Brewing Co. collaboration sour beer at 6 p.m. Reps from New Belgium and Yazoo will be in the bar to talk about the collaboration. Then there will be a Stone Brewing Co. event at 7 p.m., with tappings of Cali-Belgie, Old Guardian, Double Arrogant Bastard.  Stone reps will be on hand to talk about the beers.

Aldo’s Pizza Pies – Ghost River Noble Prized Porter tapping at  5 p.m. Come be one of the first in the city to try this great beer produced for Memphis Beer Week by Ghost River Brewing.

Sharky’s – Ghost River Noble Prized Porter and fixed-priced menu, all week long. The restaurant will be tapping up this limited beer-week release and pairing it with a menu item for a set price, available all week. Come try it out.

Monday, April 22

Hog & Hominy – Abita Firkin Night, 6:30 p.m. til it’s gone!! Tapping the cask-conditioned Jockamo firkin. Hosted by Bryan Brasher with Abita Brewing Co.

Flying Saucer Cordova – Stone Brewing Co. event, with tapping of Pale Ale, Cali-Belgie, Vertical Epic ’12, Sublimely Self Righteous, Double Bastard. 5 Stone beer flights, $10. Seated tasting event begins at 5:30 p.m. on the patio, hosted by Stone Brewing Co. Reps, pre-selling seats to this tasting in store. $3 Stone Pale Ale drafts all night.

Flying Saucer Downtown – Stone Brewing Co. event, with tapping of Pale Ale, Cali-Belgie, Vertical Epic ’12, Sublimely Self Righteous, Double Bastard. 5 Stone beer flights, $10. Seated tasting event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the front room, hosted by Stone Brewing Co. Reps, pre-selling seats to this tasting in store. $3 Stone Pale Ale drafts all night.

Whole Foods – Abita in-store tasting event, 4-6 p.m. Hosted by Bryan Brasher with Abita Brewing Co.

Young Avenue Deli – Tapping Ghost River Noble Prized Porter, 6 p.m. Come out and try this wonderful brew created by Chuck Skypeck for Memphis Beer Week at one of Memphis’s premier craft beer destinations. Also tapping three Stone beers with reps in store for sampling.

Huey’s Midtown – 2-for-1 Yazoo drafts all day.

Alchemy –Tapping Ghost River Noble Prized Porter ay 7 p.m. with Ghost River reps in store for sampling.

Local Midtown & Downtown – Tapping Red Brick Brewing’s The Lost Years keg, 7 p.m., both locations.

Aldo’s Pizza Pies – New Belgium/Yazoo collaboration keg tapping, 9 p.m. Come try the collaboration sour brought to you by our friends at New Belgium Brewing and Yazoo Brewing Co.

Central BBQ Downtown  – New Belgium and Yazoo Beer Dinner, 6:30 p.m. Come try the New Belgium/Yazoo collaboration sour beer, plus other New Belgium and Yazoo beers paired with the famous Central BBQ cuisine. More info here.

Fox and Hound Cordova – Goose Island Tasting Night, 8 p.m. Come out and sample some of Chicago’s finest craft beer from Goose Island Brewing Co.

The Corkscrew (Liquor store next door to Blue Monkey Downtown) – Yazoo Sue Tasting, 4-6 p.m. Buy a Sue, keep the Yazoo glass!

Boscos – Happy hour tapping of Memphis Amber Ale cask.

Tuesday, April 23

Flying Saucer Downtown – Memphis Brewfest live remote, featuring festival organizer Martin Daniel. Come out and say thanks to the man that puts together this wonderful event every year, and have a pint with us. Also, will be tapping an Abita Vanilla Double Dog firkin, with sampling in store, hosted by an Abita Brewing rep.

Flying Saucer Cordova – Abita Firkin night featuring the Vanilla Double Dog firkin, hosted by Abita Brewing rep Bryan Brasher.

Huey’s Downtown: Tennessee Beer Tuesday! Half price Ghost River and Yazoo drafts all day.

Local Midtown – New Belgium food and beer pairing. Local is featuring a special chef’s appetizer consisting of Crab Toast with Sweet Thai Chili for $8. You can add a New Belgium Rolle Bolle or Ranger IPA with it for $10. This will run from 5 p.m.-close.

Sweet Grass – Stone Beer Dinner, 7 p.m. Chef Ryan Trimm is partnering up with Stone Brewing Co. reps to create a perfect event combining wonderful cuisine with incredible Stone beers. This event will sell out very quickly. Contact Sweet Grass for reservations.

Aldo’s Pizza Pies – Red Brick 17th Anniversary tapping, 7 p.m., hosted by Jason Topping with Atlanta Brewing Co.

Superlo on Spottswood – Abita in-store tasting, 4-6 p.m.

Cash Saver Midtown – Brooklyn Brewery in-store tasting, 4-6 p.m.

Joe’s Wines & Liquors – Stone Brewing Co. tasting from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sampling a variety of world-class Stone brews.

Buster’s – Yazoo Sue Tasting,  5-6:30 p.m. Who doesn’t want to come drink a beer named Sue?

Fox and Hound on Sanderlin – Goose Island Tasting Night. Reps on site to provide samples and talk about Goose Island, a great craft brewery out of Chicago.

The Beer Garden (behind Raffe’s) – Barrel-aged Sly Rye Porter tapping, 8 p.m. Don’t be late, or you won’t get to taste this one….always goes quick!

Boscos – Happy hour tapping of Olde Fool cask. Also, the Brewmaster’s Dinner starts at 6:45 p.m., costs $50 per person and features a special food menu paired with hand-crafted Boscos beers.

 

Wednesday, April 24

Jim’s Place East – Ghost River Noble Prized Porter tasting event. Rep on site to talk about and provide samples of the beer.

Felicia Suzanne’s – Blackstone Beer Dinner, 7 p.m. Blackstone Brewery owner Kent Taylor will be partnering with Chef Felicia to produce this incredible beer dinner that will sell out fast, once tickets go on sale.

Flying Saucer Cordova and Downtown – Glass for this night will be the 2013 Memphis Beer Week Glass. Will most definitely sell out quick, don’t miss it. We will also be tapping 3 awesome Brooklyn Brewery brands that night: Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager, Vintage Black Chocolate Stout, Vintage Monster Ale- WOW!

Fox and Hound Cordova – Rogue Dead Guy Glass Ware promo night, 7-8:30 p.m. Reps in store sampling and talking about Rogue Dead Guy. Buy the beer, keep the glass.

Buster’s – Belgian Beer Sampling Event, 5-6:30 p.m., hosted by Steve Barzizza.

Whole Foods – Yazoo Tasting Event, 4-6 p.m.

Cash Saver Midtown – Sierra Nevada Tasting Event, 5-7 p.m.

Ruth’s Chris – Yazoo Beer dinner 7 p.m, hosted by Ivan Chesterfrom Yazoo Brewing Co. An event showcasing great regional beer, and fine culinary cuisine from the Ruth’s Chris kitchen.

Joe’s Wines & Liquors – New Belgium Brewing beer tasting 5-6:30 p.m., sampling La Folie, Rampant IPA, and other fine New Belgium products.

Bardog Tavern – Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Event Tapping, with reps on site to provide samples and talk about the beer.

Central BBQ Downtown – Tapping Ghost River Noble Prized Porter. Every purchase of this beer gets a free Ghost River pint glass, complimentary of Ghost River Brewing.

Sweet Grass – Abita Firkin Night, featuring a Restoration Pale Ale dry-hopped firkin, from 6-9 p.m. Abita rep on site to talk about and sample the beer.

Local Downtown – Tapping New Belgium/Yazoo Brewing collaboration beer,  5-6:30 p.m.

Local Midtown – Tapping New Belgium/Yazoo Brewing collaboration beer, 9:30 p.m.

Bayou Bar and Grill – Sierra Nevada Torpedo tasting event, 7-8 p.m. Sierra Nevada rep on site to provide samples and talk about the beer.

Boscos – Happy hour tapping of Memphis Amber Ale cask.

 

Thursday, April 25

Alchemy – New Belgium Brewing Food and Beer pre-fixed menu event. Alchemy will offer different options that include a food dish with a carefully selected New Belgium beer for a set price.

Flying Saucer Cordova – Blackstone Brewery limited-release tappings, 6 p.m. Belgium Tripel, Milk Chocolate Stout, Hop Jack IPA – 3 brand new releases. Rep on site to talk about the beers and provide samples.

Flying Saucer Downtown – Blackstone Brewery limited-release tappings, 9p.m. Belgium Tripel, Milk Chocolate Stout, Hop Jack IPA – 3 brand new releases. Rep on site to talk about the beers and provide samples.

Joe’s Wines & Liquors – Belgian beer sampling, 4:30-6:30 p.m., hosted by Steve Barzizza.

Whole Foods – Brooklyn Brewery Tasting Event, 4-6 p.m.

Young Avenue Deli – New Belgium Brewing firkin night from 7-9 p.m. featuring Rampant Imperial IPA dry hopped with Centennial hops. New Belgium rep on site to talk about the firkin and provide samples.

Sweet Grass – Yazoo Brewing presents the Sweet Grass Sausage Party, 7 p.m. Chef Ryan Trimm will be working with Ivan Chester from Yazoo Brewing to throw this sausage party.

Aldo’s Pizza Pies – Abita Firkin Night, 6-9 p.m. We’ll be tapping a firkin of ZSB (Zac’s Special Bitter). Abita rep on site to provide samples and talk about the beer.

SOB (South of Beale)  – Blackstone Milk Stout tapping.  A very rare release from Blackstone Brewery out of Nashville.

Buster’s – New Belgium Brewing sampling, 4-6 p.m., including La Folie, Rampant IPA, Abbey and Tripel.

Tapas East – Yazoo Brewing presents beer and food event, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sampling of Yazoo products conducted by Yazoo Brewery representative.

The Beer Garden (behind Raffe’s) – Brooklyn 3 tapper! Buy the beer, keep the glass night, 8 p.m. Three awesome Brooklyn Brewery brands on draft during this event.

Café Society – Belgian Beer Dinner, presented by Austin Sawyer and David Spafford, 7 p.m. This event will feature a wonderful Belgian beer lineup that includes Hoegarden, Stella Artois, Chimay, Palm and Leffe (not available in the State). All of these fine beers will be paired perfectly with authentic Belgian cuisine.

Automatic Slims – Sierra Nevada beer dinner, 7 p.m. West Coast beer meets southern-inspired cuisine at this 35-person beer dinner.

Grove Grill – Ghost River beer dinner, 7 p.m., presented by a Ghost River rep, who worked with the chef to bring you this wonderful dinner.

Fox and Hound on Sanderlin – Rogue Brewery Night, 7-9 p.m. We will be sampling Rogue Dead Guy. Every Rogue purchased gets you a Dead Guy glass!

Boscos – Happy hour tapping of American Style Stout cask.

Mellow Mushroom – Tennessee Tap Takeover with beers from Ghost River, Yazoo and Blackstone.

 

Friday, April 26

Flying Saucer Downtown – The Golden Ticket Beer Sampling Event, 7 p.m. 25-person seated event, tasting 13 of the rarest and best beers we could find. Industry VIP, local craft beer enthusiasts, Saucer VIP – and maybe YOU. We will give away one ticket in each Memphis Flying Saucer location, see server for details.

Young Avenue Deli – Abita Firkin Night, featuring a Juniper Pale Ale firkin, from 6-9 p.m. Abita rep will be on hand to sample and talk about the beer.

SOB (South of Beale) – Yazoo Beer Lunch- $2 Yazoo pints until 4 p.m. $2o lunch includes app, lunch, desert, beer!

Buster’s – Brooklyn Brewery tasting event, 5-7 p.m. Brooklyn rep on site to provide samples of Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager, Black Chocolate Stout, Monster Ale and Sorachi Ace.

Cash Saver on Madison – Yazoo in-store tasting event, 4-6 p.m. Also, Yazoo growlers will be sold to-go. $8 for Hop Project #71 and $15 for “Rufus” sour collaboration with New Belgium.

Whole Foods – Sierra Nevada in-store tasting event, 5-7 p.m.

Boscos – Happy hour tapping of Memphis Amber Ale cask.

Joe’s Wines & Liquors – Abita Beer tasting, 4-6 p.m.

Saturday, April 27

Memphis Brewfest
Aldo’s Pizza Pies: Yazoo’s Barely a 4K beer run, 9 a.m. More info here.

Memphis Brewfest – Autozone Park, 4-7:30 p.m.

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Brewers Association releases Top 50 craft breweries in 2011

April 17, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer

Brewers Association logoThe Brewers Association, a trade group that represents the craft beer industry, has released its annual list of Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies in the United States, based on 2011 beer sales volume.

Craft beer companies are defined as “small, independent and traditional,” with annual production of beer less than 6 million barrels.

The top three remain Boston Beer Co., which produces Sam Adams, followed by Sierra Nevada and New Belgium.

Regionally, St. Louis’ Schlafly has moved into the top 40 at No. 39, while Atlanta’s Sweetwater Brewing Company has moved up from No. 27 to No. 24. In addition, Louisiana’s Abita dropped two spots to No. 17.

Here’s the list:

1. Boston Beer Co. Boston MA
2. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Chico CA
3. New Belgium Brewing Co. Fort Collins CO
4. The Gambrinus Company San Antonio TX
5. Deschutes Brewery Bend OR
6. Matt Brewing Co. Utica NY
7. Bell’s Brewery, Inc. Galesburg MI
8. Harpoon Brewery Boston MA
9. Lagunitas Brewing Co. Petaluma CA
10. Boulevard Brewing Co. Kansas City MO
11. Stone Brewing Co. Escondido CA
12. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Milton DE
13. Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn NY
14. Alaskan Brewing & Bottling Co. Juneau AK
15. Long Trail Brewing Co. Burlington VT
16. Shipyard Brewing Co. Portland ME
17. Abita Brewing Co. Abita Springs LA
18. Great Lakes Brewing Co. Cleveland OH
19. New Glarus Brewing Co. New Glarus WI
20. Full Sail Brewing Co. Hood River OR
21. Summit Brewing Co. St. Paul MN
22. Anchor Brewing Co. San Francisco CA
23. Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Paso Robles CA
24. Sweetwater Brewing Co. Atlanta GA
25. Rogue Ales Brewery Newport OR
26. Flying Dog Brewery Frederick MD
27. Victory Brewing Co. Downington PA
28. CraftWorks Breweries & Restaurants Chattanooga TN
29. Oskar Blues Brewery Longmont CO
30. Odell Brewing Co. Fort Collins CO
31. Stevens Point Brewery Co. Stevens Point WI
32. Ninkasi Brewing Co. Eugene OR
33. BJ’s Chicago Pizza & Brewery, Inc. Huntington Beach CA
34. Blue Point Brewing Co. Patchogue NY
35. Bear Republic Brewing Co. Cloverdale CA
36. Lost Coast Brewery Cafe Eureka CA
37. Big Sky Brewing Co. Missoula MT
38. North Coast Brewing Co. Inc. Fort Bragg CA
39. Saint Louis Brewery, Inc./Schlafly Bottleworks St. Louis MO
40. Gordon Biersch Brewing Co. San Jose CA
41. Breckenridge Brewery Denver CO
42. Founders Brewing Co. Grand Rapids MI
43. Saint Arnold Brewing Co. Houston TX
44. Karl Strauss Brewing Co. San Diego CA
45. Real Ale Brewing Co. Blanco TX
46. Mac and Jack’s Brewery Inc. Redmond WA
47. Smuttynose Brewing Co. Portsmouth NH
48. Utah Brewers Cooperative Salt Lake City UT
49. Left Hand Brewing Co. Longmont CO
t50. Anderson Valley Brewing Co. Boonville CA
t50. Four Peaks Brewing Co. Tempe AZ

Meanwhile, 36 of the top 50 overall brewing companies in the U.S. are small, craft breweries, according to the association.

“In the last 15 years, craft brewing has gone from one percent of the overall beer market to almost six percent in 2011,” said Paul Gatza, director of the Brewers Association. “We attribute a large part of that growth to the many talented brewers who are providing beer lovers with more beer style and flavor choices than ever before.”

Recap of the 2012 Brew Movement for MS in Memphis

March 19, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Homebrew, Memphis

A great time was had by all Thursday night at the 3rd annual Brew Movement, which raised money for the Mid South Chapter of the National MS Society. Those of us from FuzzyBrew volunteered and poured beer from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Red Brick Brewing. There was also great craft beer from Stone Brewing Co., Yazoo Brewing Co. and Ghost River Brewing, among others, and tasty homebrew from the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs and Memphis Brewer’s Association.

Brew Movement - CohenCongressman Steve Cohen, right, kicked off the event. Brew Movement organizer Joe Barnes is on the left.

Brew Movement - crowdA view of the crowd inside the Chickasaw Oaks Village.

Brew Movement- Sierra Nevada cansSierra Nevada Pale Ale — in cans, no less — was served.

Brew Movement- Ghost River coastersMemphis’ Ghost River Brewing Company was on hand.

Brew Movement - auctionA silent auction featured rare beers and homebrewing gear.

Brew Movement - bandThere was also a live band at Brew Movement.

Brew Movement - empty tubAll that was left at the end of the night…