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Memphis’ Wiseacre Brewing to release Holy Candy in bottles

October 10, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

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Holy Candy, a Belgian Dubbel brewed with figs, is the latest special beer to be bottled by Memphis’ Wiseacre Brewing Co.

Tall bottles of Holy Candy, 6.2 ABV, will be available in the Wiseacre taproom this weekend and available in stores soon.

TN at GABF: Wiseacre, Yazoo, McHale’s win medals at 2014 Great American Beer Festival

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

Three Tennessee craft breweries — Memphis’ Wiseacre Brewing Company, Nashville’s Yazoo Brewing Company  and Chattanooga’s McHale’s Brewhouse — won medals today at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

Wiseacre Tiny BombThe festival, in its 28th year, is the largest commercial beer competition in the world. A total of 234 different breweries won either gold, silver or bronze medals in 90 beer categories covering 145 different beer styles.

Wiseacre won a bronze medal for its Tiny Bomb in the German-Style Pilsener category (75 entries). This was Wiseacre’s first year to compete at GABF.

Brothers Davin and Kellan Bartosch opened Wiseacre on Broad Avenue in 2013. Tiny Bomb, available on draft and in cans in the Memphis area, is one of the brewery’s two year-round beers, along with Ananda IPA.

“It’s great to be recognized for something that you have worked so hard on for so long, especially by my peers, the greatest beer judges in the world. Pilsner is among the most difficult styles of beer to produce and we are glad to be honored in this way. I almost cried,” brewmaster Davin Bartosch said in a press release.

Added Kellan Bartosch: “With Firestone and Russian River being the other medalist in the category as two of the most highly acclaimed breweries in the country, it says a lot about the internal admiration for Pilsner among brewers. Craft beer drinkers often stick to mega hoppy IPAs or big stouts, but external appreciation for tasty lower ABV beers is on the rise and Tiny Bomb made here in Memphis can now be considered a leader of the pack on a national scale.”

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Meanwhile, Yazoo captured the bronze medal in the Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer category (65 entries) for its Cherry Deux Rouges, part of the Nashville brewery’s Embrace the Funk series. The medal is Yazoo’s fourth overall, having won twice for its Hefeweizen and once for Sue.

The final Tennessee winner was Chattanooga’s McHale’s Brewhouse, which won a gold medal for its Scottish Pride beer in the Scottish-Style Ale category (51 entries). It’s the first GABF win for McHale’s Brewhouse.

A huge congrats to all the Tennessee winners!

Memphis beer events: Wiseacre and High Cotton Oktoberfest celebrations, plus Bacon & Beer Fest

September 25, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

With the change of the seasons, Oktoberfest celebrations are upon us. Here are some Memphis beer celebrations over the next two weeks:

Wiseacre OktoberfestWiseacre Brewing Co.’s Oktoberfest is Saturday, Sept. 27, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the brewery, 2783 Broad Ave. The second-annual event features the Mighty Souls Brass Band playing polka music, $1 off beers for wearing German garb, plus $5 stein glass fills.

Andy & Michael from Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen and Hog and Hominy will be on site making some good eats, including sausage. Be Sweet Bakery will also be on hand with German-inspired desserts.

Wiseacre will have the final kegs of their German-style beers,  Dr. Gibbler Smoked Helles, Uncle Puppy Hefeweizen, Schweinhelmüt Berliner Weisse, Young Turk Pale Bock to go alongside the shining star of the day, Wiseacre’s Oktoberfest. There is no cover charge.

 

Oktoberfest MemphisHigh Cotton Brewing’s Oktoberfest Memphis is Saturday, October 4, from noon to 7 p.m. at the brewery, 598 Monroe Ave. The first-annual event will have something for everybody — circus performers, polka music, games for the kids, oh, and all the beer you want.

For $40, your “ticket to Bavaria” includes open taps all day, locally made bratwurst and other German fare, the first taste of High Cotton’s new Oktoberfest Lager, an exclusive beer selection not available in Memphis, plus fun and games for the entire family. Kids under 12 get in for free.

There’s also a VIP option for $75 that includes the following extras: all-you-can eat German-style buffet, locally raised whole pig roast, Oktoberfest t-shirt, expanded beer selection and a commemorative glass beer stein. You can buy tickets here. A portion of all proceeds go to Grow Memphis.

 

Drake & Zeke's Bacon and Beer FestivalDrake & Zeke’s Bacon and Beer Festival is Sunday, October 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Minglewood Hall parking lot, 1555 Madison Ave. The event, presented by 98.1 The Max, features beer and teams competing in a bacon cooking competition to win over $1,000 in cash prizes.

There will also a kids play area and music from Rosco Bandana, 2 Mule Plow, Will Tucker and Charvey. Admission is $7. Volunteers from the Ronald McDonald House will also be on site accepting donations.

More information about the event can be found here.

 

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.