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High-gravity beers from Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing arriving soon in Memphis

December 07, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Memphis

New Belgium logoIf you live in Memphis and like beers from Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing Co., you soon won’t need to trek to the Walgreens in West Memphis, Ark., to buy New Belgium’s higher-alcohol beers.

The Fort Collins craft brewer’s Ranger IPA, Abbey and Trippel, as well as the Lips of Faith series and seasonal Frambozen, are slated to hit the Memphis market next week in bottles and on draft, according to distributor Budweiser of Memphis.

Many liquor stores that sell high-gravity beers will have the New Belgium line-up, as well as bars and restaurants with a good selection of craft beer, including The Flying Saucer, Young Avenue Deli, Local Gastropub, Alchemy, Sweet Grass, Aldo’s Pizza Pies, Mellow Mushroom, Hog & Hominy and others.

Budweiser of Memphis has recently opened up a new company called West Tennessee Beverage to service liquor stores and bars and restaurants with high-alcohol licenses. Budweiser of Memphis has also recently taken over the craft beer portfolio of Southwestern Distributing as part of the sale of Southwestern’s beer business to the Hand Family Companies.

What’s your favorite New Belgium beer? Leave a comment below.

Yazoo Brewing to host neighborhood events leading up to Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest

October 01, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Yazoo Brewing CompanyLeading up to the Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest, Nashville’s Yazoo Brewing Company is going to be having some fun in the Cooper-Young neighborhood.

On Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Alchemy, there will be a vertical tasting of three different batches of Hop Project. Then on Thursday, the 11th, there will be a beer dinner at Sweetgrass. (Check out the menu below.) Finally, on Friday, the 12th, the Young Avenue Deli will host a cask ale and custom pint glass night.

Of course Yazoo will be at the Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest on Saturday, Oct. 13. Tickets are $35 in advance and are available online.

Here’s the menu for the Yazoo dinner at Sweetgrass. Tickets are $35 per person. For more information, call 901-278-0278.

1st Course
Pickled Shrimp BLT
Allen Benton’s Smoked Bacon, arugula, confit tomatoes, lemon aioli
Served with Gerst.

2nd Course
Roasted Quail
Stuffed with broccoli barley risotto, butternut squash puree, cranberry gastrique
Served with Pale Ale.

Entrée
Grilled Beef Heart
Smoked sage hominy, pumpkin seed mole, sweet onions
Served with Sue.

Dessert
Dark Chocolate Stout Cake
Salted caramel ice cream, chocolate covered bacon
Served with Stout.

For more information, call 901-278-0278.