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Ghost River Brewing replaces Glacial Pale Ale in year-round line-up with 1887 IPA

October 16, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Ghost River 1887 IPA

Memphis’ Ghost River Brewing is making a change in its year-round beer line-up.

Ghost River is dropping its Glacial Pale Ale and replacing it with the 1887 IPA, which was formerly a seasonal beer first brewed in 2010.

“We are excited that the Memphis beer culture now demands hoppier styles, so we can now offer IPA year round,” said head brewer Jimmy Randall.

The “1887″ commemorates the first year that the Memphis Sands Aquifer was tapped.

The beer is Ghost River’s hoppiest. Columbus hops are used for bittering and a mixture of Cascade and Cluster are present in the flavor and aroma additions. Pale ale malt is used for the base, and there’s some C-20 malt added to give it a little extra maltiness, Randall said.

“The final result is a golden colored ale with a nice hoppy nose and plenty of hop flavor and bitterness – right around 65 IBUs,” Randall said.

Ghost River’s year-round line-up now includes the 1887, Golden Ale and 2011 GABF silver medal-winner Copperhead Red.

The 1887 will make its “debut” on Saturday at the sold-out Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest.

Hoppy Friday: Ghost River 1887 IPA has returned

November 16, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Ghost River 1887 IPA

For fans of hoppy beers, Ghost River Brewing’s hoppiest offering is back starting today for a third year.

The 1887 IPA, which is loaded with a mix of American hops and 87 IBUs, commemorates the first year that the Memphis Sands Aquifer was tapped.

The 1887 is available in growlers on the brewery dock at 827 S. Main and will also be on tap at some area restaurants. The IPA will be available through February or until it runs out.

In 2012, Ghost River Brewing hopes to expand bottling to seasonal beers

January 02, 2012 By: mike Category: Beer in the news, Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Ghost River six-pack

The end of 2011 marked the start of production for Ghost River Brewing’s new bottling line. Six-packs of Ghost River’s Golden Ale can now be found across the Mid-South. For now, the Golden Ale is the only beer being bottled by the Memphis craft brewery.

That may change in 2012.

In an interview with The Commercial Appeal’s Lindsay Melvin published last week, Ghost River founding partner Chuck Skypeck said the next phase for the bottling line is being planned.

And it involves the brewery’s seasonal beers.

I’m shooting for a seasonal beer rotation. Probably 1887 IPA in the winter, Black Magic (dark beer) in the spring, Octoberfest in the fall and then the Witbier (Belgian-style wheat beer) in the summer,” Skypeck told the newspaper. [source]

So when might this happen? Possibly this summer, says Skypeck.

Skypeck told FuzzyBrew by e-mail that Ghost River is already selling 100% of its increased capacity in beer from the brewery’s major expansion in 2011.

So to bottle seasonals, we have to add more capacity. Yet another project,” Skypeck wrote. “It all depends on how long it takes to fabricate new tanks and get them installed and commissioned.”

Stayed tuned for more details as we hear about them.

So what’s your favorite Ghost River seasonal beer? Leave a comment below.

Ghost River Brewing’s 1887 IPA is back

November 02, 2011 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Ghost River 1887 IPA

Memphis’ Ghost River Brewing has brought back its hoppiest special beer for a second run.

The 1887 IPA commemorates the first year that the Memphis Sands Aquifer was tapped. It’s Ghost River’s most adventurous brew when it comes to hops, loaded with a mix of Columbus, Centennial and Cascade.

The 1887 was brewed last year for the first time. It’s back and is available in growlers and kegs on the brewery dock at 827 S. Main. It will also be on tap at some area restaurants.

The IPA will be available through February or until it runs out. Get some while you can.