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FedExForum to host craft beer tasting nights during select Memphis Grizzlies games

December 08, 2014 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Memphis Grizzlies Draft Room

FedExForum will host “Beer Tasting Nights” during select Memphis Grizzlies games this season, starting with a SweetWater Brewing Company night during Friday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets.

The beer sampling events will be held in The Draft Room, the new craft beer haven on the First Tennessee Club Level that serves beer from local and regional breweries, including Memphis’ Wiseacre Brewing Co.

On Beer Tasting Nights, you can buy a special club or terrace-level ticket that includes admission to the game, hors d’oeuvres, beer samples and a commemorative Grizzlies pint glass. In addition, you can buy a beer tasting-only pass for just $25. For more information, and to buy tickets, click here.

Here are the upcoming games featuring Beer Tasting Nights:

Friday, Dec 12 vs. Charlotte Hornets
Featured beer: SweetWater
Pricing: Club: $85 | Terrace IV: $40
Deadline to order: December 10

Saturday, Jan 17 vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Featured beer: Goose Island
Pricing: Club: $105 | Terrace IV: $41
Deadline to order: January 9

Friday, Feb 27 vs. LA Clippers
Featured beer: Sierra Nevada
Pricing: Club: $150 | Terrace IV: $47
Deadline to order: February 20

Saturday, March 14 vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Featured beer: Wiseacre
Pricing: Club: $85 | Terrace IV: $40
Deadline to order: March 7

Saturday, April 4 vs. Washington Wizards
Featured beers: All Brands
Pricing: Club: $105 | Terrace IV: $41
Deadline to order: March 27

Science of Beer returns to Pink Palace Museum on Jan. 16

December 04, 2014 By: mike Category: Beer learnin', Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Science of BeerThe Pink Palace Museum is bringing back its popular Science of Beer event on Friday, Jan. 16.

The event, which runs from 6 to 9:30 p.m at 3050 Central Ave., is part beer tasting, part science lesson.

You’ll get to taste beer from professional brewers and local homebrewers, snack on chili courtesy of Tamp & Tap, and drink from glasses provided by Memphis Filling Station.

But you’ll also get to explore the science behind making beer, take a closer look at hops, malt and yeast, and engage your senses more fully to better enjoy your beer.

There will also be fun activities like decorating your own beer koozie and making a pretzel necklace.

Tickets are $30 for museum members, $35 non-members and $15 for designated drivers. All tickets must be purchased in advance. Buy tickets at the museum box office or call the museum’s reservations department at 901-636-2362.

The vendor list, subject to change, includes:

  • A.S. Barboro
  • Abita Brewing Company
  • Bernoulli Brew Werks
  • Bluff City Brewers and Connoisseurs
  • Boscos
  • Chattanooga Brewing Co.
  • Eagle Distributing (formerly Budweiser of Memphis)
  • Ghost River Brewing Co.
  • High Cotton Brewing Co.
  • Memphis Brewer’s Association
  • Memphis Made Brewing Co.
  • Schlafly Beer
  • Southern Prohibition Brewing
  • Yazoo Brewing Co.
  • Wiseacre Brewing Co.

Memphis Made Brewing to open taproom Nov. 21

November 13, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

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Press release:

Memphis Made Brewing Co. is opening its doors to the public with the official launch of its tap room Friday, Nov. 21.

The Cooper­-Young brewery is hosting a Choose 901 t-­shirt pick­up from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The tap room will stay open until 9 p.m., serving pints inside and growlers to go.

Hot Mess food truck will be providing the food, selling burritos in the brewery parking lot near the “I Love Memphis” mural.

“We’ve seen a lot of growth in our first year, and now we’re excited to get people into the brewery to see where the beer is brewed,” Andy Ashby, who founded Memphis Made Brewing with Drew Barton last October, said. “This tap room will help us to better connect with the community by letting us talk directly with our customers and host events.”

Memphis Made Brewing has hosted a fundraiser for Church Health Center and will be the site of another fundraiser, this one for the Cooper­-Young Community Farmers Market, on Nov. 16.

The brewery has been involved with local events from Gonerfest to Rock N’ Romp and will look for more ways to plug into the community.

Memphis Made Brewing’s new entrance is a 1,000-­square-­foot patio facing York Avenue.

Formerly a loading dock for Keathley Pie Company and Progressive Foods, the covered space is steps away from the future site of Aldo’s Pizza Pies Midtown location.

“We’ve been doing business with Memphis Made for more than a year and we’re looking forward to being their neighbors,” Aldo Dean, the creative force behind the Bardog Tavern, Slider Inn and Aldo’s Pizza Pies said. “We plan to open a bit after them and think it’ll be a great combination for the corner of Cooper and York. Not many things go together as well as pizza and beer.”

Memphis Made Brewing’s tap room will be open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. each Friday. The tap room’s hours and days of operation will be expanded later.

It will be serving 20 ounce pints, 10 ounce half pints and growlers.

Memphis Made Brewing has produced more than a dozen beers in its first year. It now produces one year round beer, Lucid Kolsch, as well as various seasonal offerings and limited edition beers such as Fireside Ninja, Junt, Plaid Attack!!!, Bent Note IPA and Reverberation, a Belgian coffee stout produced with locally roasted coffee from Reverb Coffee Co.

The brewery is releasing Hundo, an IPA with Centennial hops, this week.

Memphis Made Brewing Co. is a production brewery located at 768 S. Cooper St. in Midtown’s historic Cooper-­Young neighborhood. It currently self­-distributes kegs and bottled beer to nearly 100 bars, restaurants, grocery stores and liquor stores throughout Shelby County.

Sold-out 5th annual Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest showcases best beers from South

October 13, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Homebrew, Memphis

Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest

The best beers in the South were on tap at the 5th annual Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest on Saturday.

The sold-out craft beer festival, which is a fundraising event for the Cooper-Young Community Association, showcases breweries within a day’s drive from Memphis, plus beer from Memphis-area homebrewers.

Rain had threatened the festival, but it stayed pretty dry, and the festival might have been the best yet. I felt the beers were particularly strong this year, featuring an impressive variety of styles, and the vibe was as laid-back as ever.

My goal this year was to sample beers from breweries that were largely unfamiliar to me. I had some really great beers  — so picking my favorites was tough — but here’s my Top 5 beers from the festival :

1. “Bourbon Barrel Cocoa Porter,” Country Boy Brewing, Lexington KY — This decadent beer was my favorite of Country Boy’s strong slate of offerings, delivering a rich cocoa flavor with a bourbon finish.

2. “Peanut Butter AstroNut Brown,” Rocket Republic Brewing Company, Madison, AL — People looked at me with raised eyebrows when I suggested they try the “peanut butter beer” from Rocket Republic, but I think a lot of folks were won over by this American Brown Ale. The peanut butter was surprisingly subtle, adding just enough sweetness to make this a beer a winner.

3. “Breakfast Stout,” Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs, Memphis, TN — Brewed by homebrewer Adam Steele, the recipe is essentially the “Brewing Classic Styles” oatmeal stout, using a Randall to infuse the beer with Ugly Mug coffee beans. Adam also cold-steeped the roasted grains, pasteurized them at 180 degrees for 10 minutes and added directly to the fermenter. The result was a delicious coffee stout.

4. “Brother Joseph’s Belgian Dubbel,” Straight to Ale, Huntsville, AL — At 8% ABV, this was a surprising smooth abbey-stye ale with enough flavor that I could still taste the rich malt and fruit character after sampling beers for 3.5 hours.

5. “Masked Bandit India Pale Ale,” Piney River Brewing Co., Bucyrus, MO — There were plenty of hoppy beers on tap at the festival, but I particularly liked this well-balanced black rye IPA., hopped with Amarillo, Citra and Centennial.

What were the best beers you tried? Leave a comment below.

Here are some more photos from the event:

Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest - crowdThe festival drew nearly 1,000 people and sold out in record time.

Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest - YazooNashville’s Yazoo Brewing Company is always a festival favorite. Yazoo’s Ivan Chester (not pictured) brought some special brews for the occasion.

Cooper-Young Regional BeerfestMemphis Made Brewing’s Andy Ashby poured beers at the festival that he helped found five years ago.

Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest - Bluff City BrewersBeers from the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs and Memphis Brewers Association — Memphis’ two homebrew clubs — were popular as always!