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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:

WISEACRE ANNOUNCES TASTE THE RARITY INVITATIONAL BEER FESTIVAL

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.

Choose901 highlights Memphis’ Wiseacre Brewing Co. [VIDEO]

October 18, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis, Video

Choose901 highlights Wiseacre Brewing Company’s Davin and Kellan Bartosch in its latest “Choose901 TV” web video series. Wiseacre will be one of the many breweries at Saturday’s sold-out Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest.

Check it out:

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Wiseacre Brewing news: Ananda IPA cans for sale at Superlo, Oktoberfest party Saturday

October 11, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Memphis

Ananda display

The first cans of Wiseacre Brewing Company beer are hitting Memphis store shelves, albeit slowly.

Wiseacre’s Ananda IPA (6.2% ABV) is now available in six-packs for $7.59 at the Superlo Foods, 4744 Spottswood Avenue, in East Memphis. You can also buy the cans at Wiseacre’s brewery at 2783 Broad Avenue.

Quantities are extremely limited for now as brothers Davin and Kellan Bartosch, founders of Wiseacre, get the new canning line running smoothly and continue to provide beer to the establishments that serve Wiseacre on draft.

“We don’t want anyone who has our beer to run out,” Kellan said.

The brewery has been open for just over a month, and growing to meet the rising demand is a challenge, he added.

So far, Ananda is the only beer that’s been canned, but there are plans to can Wiseacre’s other year-round beer — Tiny Bomb American Pilsner — soon.

In other Wiseacre news, there will be an Oktoberfest celebration at the brewery Saturday from 1 to 8 p.m., featuring the Mighty Souls Brass Band. Wiseacre will be tapping its Oktoberfest beer (5.9% ABV) and there will be German food from Grawmeyer’s. Oktoberfest pints are $1 off if you’re wearing German garb, so wear your lederhosen. Also, if you have a stein with a clearly marked liter line, you can get it filled for $8.