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Memphis’ Wiseacre Brewing announces Tarasque Saison as 3rd year-round beer

July 28, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Tarasque Saison

With an expansion completed a few weeks ago, Wisecare Brewing Co. let it be known that a third beer would be soon added to its year-round lineup.

Today, the Memphis brewery on Broad Avenue provided some real details.

Tarasque Saison, which “leans French but is loaded with Australian hops,” will join Ananda IPA and Tiny Bomb American Pilsener in the year-round lineup. Cans of Tarasque Saison will be available in a matter of weeks.

Here’s the full announcement from Wiseacre’s Facebook page:

We’re excited to announce Tarasque Saison as our 3rd year round beer. We’re still weeks away from having cans, but come celebrate the launch tomorrow evening at Chiwawa from 7-9 as we raffle off some swag like glassware, a hoodie, and more. Once again, artist Rachel Briggs research/styles/textures/personality/story telling/execution bring this beer to life in the most amazing ways.

Here’s a description of the beer:

The Tarasque was a (most likely) mythical creature that has the head of a lion, six bear legs, a turtle shell, and a scorpion tail. It was probably some sort of an insect dinosaur hellbeast. A lady nun sang it to sleep in French Wallonia allowing the town mob to end it’s life. Our saison leans French but is loaded with Australian hops. Superfruity and blossoming with yeasty spicy aromas, Tarasque is a beast you will want to overcome you, but it will softly sing you to sleep instead.

Wiseacre Brewing completes expansion, will add 3rd year-round beer to lineup

June 18, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Memphis’ Wiseacre Brewing Co. has just finished an expansion that’s added staff, fermentation space and two grain silos. The brewery is also planning to add a third beer to its year-round lineup. Here’s more from Wiseacre:


Local brewery’s rapid growth fueled by enthusiastic, loyal fan base
Wiseacre Logo
Memphis, TN (June 18, 2014) – WISEACRE Brewing Company is excited to announce the completion of an aggressive period of expansion that nearly tripled the nine month-old brewery’s production capacity, added 20 new jobs and created new outdoor seating areas for Tap Room guests. With the addition of 320 barrels of fermentation space, and two 60-thousand pound grain silos, WISEACRE will work towards meeting the growing demands for its two year-round beers Ananda and Tiny Bomb, which was recently named “Best Beer in Tennessee” by Southern Living magazine, as well as accommodate local bars’ increasing interest in carrying WISEACRE’s specialty brews. Later this year, WISEACRE plans to add a third year-round beer to its lineup. Co-owners and brothers Kellan and Davin Bartosch credit the enthusiastic support of the Memphis community with accelerating the need for this expansion.

“We knew Memphians would get behind us if we worked hard and had a great product, but we never anticipated such a tremendous response from restaurants, bars, stores and our Tap Room patrons,” said Kellan.

“Our experience working with great breweries and mentors in the industry gave us a good vision of how to make tasty beer then really grow WISEACRE and we hoped that one day we’d be able to bring that vision to life. And now it’s happening! We’re growing quicker than we ever thought and it’s pretty dang exciting!”

The expanded production facility as well as an added patio area at WISEACRE’s Tap Room on Broad has necessitated the creation of 4 new full-time and 16 new part-time positions in just the last few months, and the hiring is expected to continue through the rest of the year. WISEACRE’s brewing operation, led by brewmaster Davin Bartosch, has attracted talent all the way from Chicago and Montana.

“Our two new brewers, Andy McQuary and Brian Balough, who are big-time talents in the industry, were so excited about what we were doing here in Memphis that they jumped at the opportunity to join the WISEACRE team,” said Davin. “That our peers respect and admire WISEACRE enough to move across the country to be here, on top of the fact that we can create jobs in Memphis, makes us feel great. We didn’t want to just get a brewery open. We wanted to establish something great for Memphis that would grow with the community and, after months and months of hard work and 20-hour days, it’s starting to feel that way.”

Memphis’ Wiseacre Brewing to host ‘Taste the Rarity’ beer festival on May 10

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

Taste the Rarity

Big news from Memphis’ Wiseacre Brewing Co. Here’s a press release:


Craft beer fest to bring in nations most buzzed about breweries.

Memphis, TN (March 4, 2014) – WISEACRE Brewing Company is excited to announce the first annual Taste the Rarity Invitational Beer Festival on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 3:00-7:00p.m. WISEACRE will host breweries from across the country as they showcase rare brews, many of which have never before been available in the Mid-South. Participating breweries include Half Acre, Haymarket, Off Color, Goose Island, and Solemn Oath (all from Chicago); New Belgium (Ft. Collins, Colo.); Oakshire (Eugene, Ore.); Perennial Artisan Ales (St. Louis); Rivertowne (Pittsburgh); Rhinegeist (Cincinnati); Sierra Nevada (Chico, Calif.); Single Cut (Brooklyn, N.Y.); Stone (San Diego); Three Floyds (Munster, Ind.) and Union (Baltimore), as well as Nashville’s Yazoo and Memphis’ own Bosco’s, Ghost River, High Cotton and Memphis Made.

“This will be an opportunity for local beer enthusiasts to taste some of the best craft beers in the country,” says WISEACRE’s Kellan Bartosch. “Three Floyds is a rock star in the beer world and Haymarket’s Pete Crowley, who’s won more than 50 medals, has trained and influenced dozens of brewers in Chicago and beyond including my brother Davin. Memphians will get to experience the incredible work all these breweries are doing and, at the same time, we can show the brewers and their fans how awesome Memphis is as a destination for craft beer and tourism in general.”

“These brewers are our friends, mentors, peers and supporters in the craft beer industry,” adds WISEACRE Brewmaster Davin Bartosch, “We wouldn’t be where we are without their input and influence, so it means a bunch to us to be able to show off what we’re doing at WISEACRE and what’s happening here in Memphis. Kellan learned a ton from his time with Sierra Nevada and from people like Stone’s Brian Dewey. Solemn Oath’s Tim Marshall came up through Rock Bottom Brewery like I did; he and I have collaborated for years, just as I have with a lot of these guys.”

Taste the Rarity will feature live music from the Mighty Souls Brass Band, a variety of local food trucks and limited-release beers from WISEACRE like their once a year bottle release UNICORNUCOPIA. Tickets can be purchased at http://wiseacrebrew.com/store/.

Memphis’ Wiseacre gets distillery license, announces release of ‘Snowbeard’ barleywine

January 19, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Bigger beers are coming soon from Memphis’ Wiseacre Brewing Company.

Wiseacre has obtained a distillery license from the state of Tennessee that permits the brewery to start making higher alcohol beers.

Wiseacre Snowbeard BarleywineBy brewing so-called “big beers,” brews higher than about 6.25 ABV in Tennessee, Wiseacre will be able to explore many new styles and could also add their offerings to shelves in local liquor stores.

Wiseacre is the first Memphis craft brewery to get such a license and joins a small cadre of breweries in Tennessee, including Nashville’s Yazoo Brewing Company, with a distillery license.

“We’d love to make everything under the sun from Imperial Stouts to lots of Belgians, barrel aging and just being experimental. Having the distiller’s license allows us to be true to style with these; you just can’t make a Belgian Tripel that’s under 6.2% ABV, and the same goes for many others,” said Wiseacre’s Kellan Bartosch, via email.

Bartosch said Wiseacre will sell its big beers in large format bottles, commonly called bombers. “This is a fun way for beer lovers to share the experience together.”

Wiseacre’s first big beer beer, Snowbeard Barleywine Style Ale, should be released in the next few weeks, contingent on some distribution issues. (Check out the artwork for Snowbeard above from Rachel Briggs.)

But Bartosch cautions that Wiseacre’s higher-alcohol beers will be available in very limited quantities. “Much of the finished beer is going into barrels so we can have a great and constant barrel program over time. That means less of the product going into bombers.”

Yazoo Brewing Company brewed Tennessee’s first ever legal high-gravity ale, Yazoo Sue, in 2009 after obtaining a distillery license. In 2011, as part of an unsuccessful effort to woo Sierra Nevada to Tennessee, the state passed a bill that expanded the opportunities for Tennessee breweries to make high-alcohol beers.