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Nashville’s Tennessee Brew Works to begin distribution in Memphis

September 29, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Events, Memphis

Tennessee Brew WorksNashville’s Tennessee Brew Works is bringing its “finely tuned craft beer” to Memphis.

The microbrewery, which just celebrated its first anniversary, has selected A.S. Barboro as its Memphis distribution partner and will start sending kegs of beer to Bluff City bars, restaurants and growler shops this week.

“This is a big moment for us,” said Tennessee Brew Works co-founder Christian Spears, who added the brewery was thrilled to expand west into Memphis. The beer has been available so far in Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga and other Middle and East Tennessee locations.

Tennessee Brew Works’ five year-round, or “headliner” beers, will all be available in Memphis at various times. They are Southern WitExtra EasyCutaway IPABasil Ryeman and Country Roots, all low-gravity beers that will be available only on draft for now.

Spears said Southern Wit, which is available at the Tennessee Titans’ LP Field, has become the brewery’s best seller.

He described the brewery’s approach to making beer like that of a homebrewer, and “food is always in mind.”

“We want (the beer) to be unique and interesting … but we also try to make it approachable,” Spears said.

Tennessee Brew Works is planning sampling events at bars and restaurants over the next two weeks — most of them next week — as part of the brewery’s Memphis roll-out. Tennessee Brew Works will also serve its beer at the 5th annual Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest, coming up Oct. 11.

Just Beer Project’s Anytime IPA session beer arrives in Memphis

March 17, 2014 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Distribution, Memphis

Just Beer Project: Anytime IPAMemphis craft beer drinkers have a new option for hoppy session beers.

The Just Beer Project’s Anytime IPA hit Memphis shelves and taps within the last month. Anytime IPA comes in at 45 IBUs and 4.6% ABV. It’s a crisp, flavorful and well-balanced American IPA brewed with four hop varieties — Chinook, Ahtanum, Citra and Cascade — and dry-hopped with Citra, Simcoe and Cascade.

The Just Beer Project is a beer venture from the Vermont-based Alchemy of Science, which is a subsidiary of the Boston Beer Company. All Just Beer Project beers are under 5% ABV, tapping in to the growing popularity of session beers.

“Big beers are great if your agenda is one and done,” says Alan Newman, founder of The Just Beer Project, “but for a night out with friends? Good luck. In the early days of craft, people valued flavor, but were drinking less. Today’s beer drinkers want flavor AND the ability to drink all night without getting stupid. The craft beer pendulum has swung, and what’s happening today is more than a trend. Sessionability is here to stay.”

Anytime IPA launched in select areas throughout Tennessee this past November, but arrived in Memphis in 12-ounce bottles and on draft in February. It’s distributed through A.S. Barboro.

A.S. Barboro launching distribution of higher-alcohol beers in Memphis area

July 29, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Memphis

A.S. Barbaro Beer distributor A.S. Barboro has received its license to distribute high-gravity beers in the Memphis area and is starting to roll out stronger beers to local bars and restaurants.

High-alcohol beers from Schlafly, Samuel Adams, Lazy Magnolia and Southern Tier — all part of A.S. Barboro’s beer portfolio — will soon be available in Memphis.

The distributor sold its first kegs of higher-alcohol Schlafly beers last week — 10 kegs of Schlafly American IPA went to the Flyer Saucer. Other beers are being ordered and will be available as soon as the trucks deliver, said A.S. Barboro’s Ashley Crawford.

For now, the distributor will only be selling to bars and restaurants as it ramps up its high-gravity operations under the banner of a new company called Omni Beverage, she said. But high-alcohol beers will soon be coming to liquor store shelves, possibly by the end of August.

Everything should be fully ramped-up by the time fall seasonals arrive, such as Southern Tier’s Pumking.

High-alcohol beers in Tennessee are defined as those with alcoholic content greater than 5% by weight, or about 6.25% by volume.

A.S.Barboro joins Budweiser of Memphis as a distributor of high-gravity beers in the Memphis area. Budweiser’s portfolio includes Stone Brewing Co., Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Rogue Ales, Yazoo Brewing Co., among others.

Sellout crowd packs AutoZone Park for 2013 Memphis Brewfest

April 28, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Homebrew, Memphis

2013 Memphis Brewfest

A crowd of 2,000 beer lovers converged Saturday on AutoZone Park for the 4th Annual Memphis Brewfest, a celebration of American craft beers and international brews.

The 2013 festival, with more than 165 different beers sampled, was a big success. It rained, and the Grizzlies were playing the Clippers in Game 3 of the playoffs a few blocks away at FedExForum, and the festival still sold out on Saturday morning. Thankfully, there was covered space for all the booths in the concourse area of AutoZone Park, so everyone could stay dry.

There was beer from local and regional breweries, including Ghost River Brewing, Boscos, High Cotton Brewing, Yazoo Brewing Company and Blackstone Brewing Company. Two homebrew clubs were there: the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs and Memphis Brewer’s Association. Craft and international beers were provided by distributors A.S. Barboro and Budweiser of Memphis, and for the first time, Joe’s Wines & Liquors even had a booth, pouring high-ABV selections from its Beer Nutz Beer Club.

The festival capped off the inaugural Memphis Beer Week, with beer tastings, beer dinners, firkin nights and pint nights all across town.

High Cotton at Memphis BrewfestMemphis’ High Cotton Brewing, which has just started brewing at its new facility on Monroe, had samples of its Saison and Scottish Ale at Memphis Brewfest.

Bluf City Brewers at Memphis BrewfestThe Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs served up some great homebrew, including the “High C’s” IPA, Extracurricular Hoptivity IPA, Rauch Me Like a Hurricane and Strange Fruit Watermelon Wheat, just to name a few.

Yazoo at Memphis BrewfestIn addition to its year-round beers, Nashville’s Yazoo Brewing Company had two special beers on tap — a barrel-aged version of its Sly Rye Porter, as well as the New Belgium sour collaboration “Rufus.”

Yazoo Big WheelYazoo also gave away this awesome custom big wheel to this lucky guy.

Tasters at Memphis BrewfestThe mission of Memphis Brewfest is to raise awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. All net proceeds from the festival benefit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy and the Memphis Redbirds Foundation.