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Bernoulli’s ‘Clone Wars’ contest aims to find best homebrew recipes for Memphis craft beers

March 23, 2015 By: mike Category: Breweries, Competition, Craft beer, Memphis

Bernoulli Brew Works logoSearch the Internet and you can find tons of homebrew recipes that will let you clone well-known craft beers, from Pliny the Elder to Hopslam.

But what about recipes for beers from Memphis craft breweries?

With that in mind, Memphis homebrew shop Bernoulli Brew Werks has announced the Clone Wars homebrew competition, aimed at recreating four Memphis brews: Ghost River Riverbank Red, Wiseacre Ananda IPA, High Cotton ESB and Memphis Made Reverberation Belgian Coffee Stout.

On Sunday, Bernoulli’s Brooks Sease said a fifth beer, from Boscos, is likely being added, though the beer has not been selected.

“There is no guide, no suggested ingredients, no BJCP manual, no limits to your imagination…” according to Bernoulli’s website.

“So get out on the town and hit your taprooms, bars and stores to pick up these great beers so you can begin your research.”

The contest, which is based on a point system, starts in May and continues through September. The brewer with the most points at the end of the competition will be named the “Master of the Memphis Homebrew Galaxy” and will win a 15-gallon stainless steel SS Brewtech conical fermenter valued at $595.

What’s really cool about this competition is that brewers from each Memphis brewery will be judging the entries for their clones. The fee is $20 for the whole series or $8 for one beer entry.

Participants sign up for the competition at Bernoulli’s shop when they get their first ingredients. Bernoulli’s is located at 2881 Poplar Avenue at Chickasaw Crossing.

For more information, go to bernoullibrews.com/clonewars.

Wiseacre Brewing news: Ananda IPA cans for sale at Superlo, Oktoberfest party Saturday

October 11, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Memphis

Ananda display

The first cans of Wiseacre Brewing Company beer are hitting Memphis store shelves, albeit slowly.

Wiseacre’s Ananda IPA (6.2% ABV) is now available in six-packs for $7.59 at the Superlo Foods, 4744 Spottswood Avenue, in East Memphis. You can also buy the cans at Wiseacre’s brewery at 2783 Broad Avenue.

Quantities are extremely limited for now as brothers Davin and Kellan Bartosch, founders of Wiseacre, get the new canning line running smoothly and continue to provide beer to the establishments that serve Wiseacre on draft.

“We don’t want anyone who has our beer to run out,” Kellan said.

The brewery has been open for just over a month, and growing to meet the rising demand is a challenge, he added.

So far, Ananda is the only beer that’s been canned, but there are plans to can Wiseacre’s other year-round beer — Tiny Bomb American Pilsner — soon.

In other Wiseacre news, there will be an Oktoberfest celebration at the brewery Saturday from 1 to 8 p.m., featuring the Mighty Souls Brass Band. Wiseacre will be tapping its Oktoberfest beer (5.9% ABV) and there will be German food from Grawmeyer’s. Oktoberfest pints are $1 off if you’re wearing German garb, so wear your lederhosen. Also, if you have a stein with a clearly marked liter line, you can get it filled for $8.