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High Cotton Brewing plans to open microbrewery near Downtown Memphis

April 25, 2012 By: mike Category: Beer in the news, Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Mike Lee

Mike Lee, owner of Mid-South Malts, is among the investors in High Cotton Brewing Company.

A team of investors has an option on a building in the Edge District near Downtown and plans to open a microbrewery in the space by year’s end.

High Cotton Brewing Company LLC has a contract to buy an 8,778-square-foot building at 598 Monroe, across from Kudzu’s Bar & Grill, and plans to start a craft brewing operation, according to several media reports. The building is a former auto parts distributorship.

High Cotton would be only the third brewery in Memphis after Midtown brewpub Boscos and Boscos’ sister brewery, Ghost River Brewing, a microbrewery in Downtown.

High Cotton’s partners include longtime brewer Mike Lee, owner of homebrew supply shop Mid-South Malts; Brice Timmons, a lawyer with Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee, P.C.; Ryan Staggs, an engineer with Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division; and Ross Avery, a pilot with United Airlines. There is also a fifth silent partner in the venture.

High Cotton’s primary business would be selling kegs to local bars and restaurants, but it also plans to open a taproom with limited hours. That aspect of the business would require an amendment to the city’s alcoholic beverage ordinance and city and county zoning codes, according to The Commercial Appeal. Current rules don’t allow beer consumption in establishments that don’t serve food.

High Cotton will brew with a seven-barrel system, producing 14 kegs of beer at a time, the Memphis Business Journal reports, and plans to open with two regular beers.

We’re trying to formulate recipes that are very well-crafted and flavorful, and more geared towards the craft drinker – that’s our goal,” Lee told the Memphis Daily News. “We anticipate being very customer-friendly. We want to craft beers that people really want to drink.”

Stay tuned for more on High Cotton from FuzzyBrew. Meanwhile, what would you like to see from Memphis’ newest brewery? Leave a comment below.

2 Comments to “High Cotton Brewing plans to open microbrewery near Downtown Memphis”

  1. Jon Korneliussen says:

    This is great! As for the food issue, this is a common law out west. I’ve seen tap rooms “comply” with the law by having complimentary pretzels on every table. Hope they get that sorted out before they open.

  2. I hope they can get the law changed or amended. Glad to see these guys “breaking the ice”. Would like to see a few more small brewers open, maybe one that focuses on Belgian beers and another on German. A meadery would be cool too.

    Nothing against Boscos or Ghost River but Memphis should be big enough to have a more varied beer culture, it’s just a matter of changing taste. Part of our job as home brewers is beer education, like Christians and Communist, we should be converting the uninitiated. Onward soldier!


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