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Save the date: inaugural ‘Memphis Beer Week’ coming April 21-27 in 2013

November 16, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Homebrew, Memphis

Memphis beer lovers will have a whole week in 2013 to celebrate their beloved suds.

The inaugural “Memphis Beer Week,” featuring beer events every day, is coming to Memphis on April 21-27.

Budweiser of Memphis logoThe week will be presented by Budweiser of Memphis, which recently acquired the craft beer portfolio of Southwestern Distributing. Southwestern’s beer business was sold to Budweiser of Memphis’ parent company, Hand Family Companies.

Memphis Beer Week will kick off with a big party on Sunday, April 21, and throughout the week there will be rare keg tappings, firkins, beer dinners, meet-the-brewer nights, vertical tastings and other events at bars and restaurants around town.

It all culminates on April 27 with the 4th annual Memphis Brewfest at AutoZone Park, “the biggest and baddest festival in town,” said Austin Sawyer, import, craft and specialty brand manager for Budweiser of Memphis.

Memphis Beer Week is still in the planning stages, and a charity partner for the week is still being firmed up. But Sawyer said there will be a “full-out marketing campaign behind it. We’re going to do it right.”

In addition to Budweiser of Memphis’ brands, which now include Ghost River Brewing and Yazoo Brewing Company, Sawyer hopes to involve local homebrewers and as many local and regional craft breweries as possible.

“We’ll do some vertical tastings and beer dinners that your entry-level craft consumer … is going to be excited about. Then we’re going to have the geeky events that I’m going to be all over.”

Check back here for more details as Memphis Beer Week gets closer, and be sure to follow Memphis Beer Week on Twitter at @memphisbeerweek.

Southwestern Beverage sold to Budweiser of Memphis

October 22, 2012 By: grant Category: Beer in the news, Breweries, Distribution, Memphis

Recent rumors of craft beer distribution changes in the Memphis area were confirmed this morning when Steve Barzizza, sales manager at Southwestern Beverage (the low-gravity distributors under the Southwestern Distributing umbrella) announced the following on his facebook page:

“Well kids, here it goes. Southwestern Beverage has been sold to Budweiser of Memphis. I want to thank everyone for given me the best ride anyone could ever ask for especially Gene and John Barzizza. I also want to thank everyone who has given my all the support and love that I could ask for over the past 20 years. I hope you will continue to support Budweiser of Memphis and show them the same love that you have given us. They have make the commitment to continue what we have started and is putting together a great team. My son Michael Barzizza will be at Bud of Memphis to help carry the tourch. I dont know where the wind will take me,but like they say “one door closes and another opens”. Again, Thank your for making my life Wonderful! I love each and every one of you!”

Southwestern Beverage distributed more than 30 beer brands, including Memphis’ own Ghost River Brewing.

Memphis Botanic Garden hosts Botanical Biergarten beer tasting event tonight

October 18, 2012 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Botanical Biergarten

The Botanical Biergarten beer tasting event at the Memphis Botanic Garden tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. will feature beers from around the word.

Food pairings from local restaurants will compliment beers provided by Southwestern Distributing. There will also be live music by George McConnell & The Nonchalants.

Tickets are $30, and proceeds benefit the Botanic Garden and Harwood Center.

‘Beer & Bacon Dinner’ set for L’ Ecole Culinaire in Cordova on Sept. 26

September 12, 2012 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis

L’ Ecole Culinaire in Cordova is hosting a dinner on Sept. 26 featuring two of the greatest things ever — beer and bacon. Yes, the ‘Beer & Bacon Dinner’ sounds like it’s going to be pretty awesome. Check out the details on the poster below.

Beer & Bacon Dinner