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Memphis Made beers to debut this weekend

October 08, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Events, Memphis

Memphis MadeMemphis Made Brewing Company will launch its distribution in the Memphis area this weekend, with kegs of Memphis Made beer to be tapped Friday at both Flying Saucer locations.

Co-founders Drew Barton and Andy Ashby will tap the first kegs — South Cooper Saison and Parkways Pale Ale — at the Cordova Flying Saucer at 5:30 p.m. and then head to the Downtown Flying Saucer at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, Memphis Made beers will be available at Young Avenue Deli, Aldo’s Pizza Pies, Bardog Tavern and the Slider Inn.

“Since we self-distribute, we’re only opening in a handful of bars and restaurants initially,” Ashby said in a press release. “We plan to ramp up production slowly, always focusing on quality, and expand to more local bars and restaurants in the coming weeks and months.”

Memphis Made is located at 768 S. Cooper, just south of Central, in the Cooper-Young neighborhood. It’s the latest production craft brewery to open in Memphis, joining Ghost River Brewing, High Cotton Brewing and Wiseacre Brewing.

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Here’s the full press release from Memphis Made about the brewery’s launch:

Memphis’ newest local brewery will play the field a bit before settling into its regular year-round offerings.

Memphis Made Brewing Company is brewing up several different beers for its official debut this weekend.

The first two beers will be South Cooper Saison and Parkways Pale Ale. This will be followed by other inaugural brews, including a red ale and a porter.

“We just couldn’t wait a full year to make anniversary beers,” Drew Barton, founder and head brewer, said. “These beers could be one-time only or we could revisit them later.”

Memphis Made will debut the beers at the two Memphis-area Flying Saucer restaurants Friday, Oct. 11.

Barton and co-founder Andy Ashby will be tapping the first kegs at the Cordova Flying Saucer at 5:30 p.m. and then head to the Downtown Flying Saucer at 8 p.m.

“Both the Ashbys and Bartons are part of the Saucer family,” Kirk Caliendo, Flying Saucer general manager, said. “Knowing their passion for great beer first hand, it’s going to be great to promote their beer from our taps. Andy and Drew are dedicated to consistent product that will taste great. Memphis will be proud to have this brewery attached to its name.”
Barton and Ashby each worked at the Flying Saucer over the years.

“I am rooting for these guys,” Caliendo said. “We have traveled the country in our youth in search of great beer and now they will be brewing it here at home for us to sell and drink at the Saucer.”

South Cooper Saison, a brown saison, is composed of a simple malt bill of pale and chocolate malt, allowing the complex flavors of the yeast to be the shining star, most notably its peppery spice.

Parkways Pale Ale is a distinctive American Pale Ale. Nugget hops deliver an initial herbal punch, while Delta hops round out the flavor and aroma with their spicy and slightly sweet citrus notes.

“The Parkways are one of the original boundaries of Memphis and the name is an acknowledgement of our local roots,” Ashby said. “Drew and I have been planning Memphis Made for quite a while. Now that we’re brewing, we can’t wait to bring more fresh, local beer into the market.”

Barton designed and earned a Zymurgy Management degree at the University of Memphis, making it possibly the only beer degree in the school’s history. He is excited to bring everything he learned at the University of Memphis and in Asheville, N.C. back home to the Bluff City.

After making a few different styles of beer, the Cooper-Young brewery plans on making two styles, an IPA and a Kolsch, year-round. It will continue to make seasonal beers as production capacity allows.

Memphis Made’s local focus extends beyond its beer.

Adam Shellabarger with Combustion Design created the brewery’s logo while Sean Vandergriff with Vandergriff Designs is hand crafting its first tap handles. Memphis Made also used local artist Kevin Reuter for one of its first t-shirt designs. It also gives spent grains to Mathis Creek Farms in Covington, Tenn.

On Saturday, Memphis Made plans to distribute beer to the Young Avenue Deli, Aldo’s Pizza Pies, Bardog Tavern and the Slider Inn.

“Since we self-distribute, we’re only opening in a handful of bars and restaurants initially,” Ashby said. “We plan to ramp up production slowly, always focusing on quality, and expand to more local bars and restaurants in the coming weeks and months.”

Memphis Made will also serve beer at the Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest, held 1-5 p.m., Oct. 19 at Midtown Autowerks, 795 S. Cooper.

Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest guys update a classic ’80s PSA!

September 14, 2012 By: mike Category: Events, Funny, Memphis

Remember the “I Learned It By Watching You” anti-drug PSA from the 1980s, the one with the druggie father who confronts his son about his stash?

Well the guys over at the Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest drew inspiration from that bit of ’80s pop culture history, and produced this PSA for the third annual festival coming up Oct. 13. (Tickets are $35 in advance and are available online.)

Well done, Toby and Andy!

Here’s the original. Gotta love the dad’s mustache.

Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest

Tickets for 3rd annual Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest on sale this week

September 04, 2012 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Homebrew, Memphis

Cooper-Young Regional BeerfestTickets for Memphis’ best beer festival — the Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest — go on sale this week. Here are the details from the event organizers:

Tickets for the third annual Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest will go on sale online at beerfest.cooperyoung.org on Sept. 7.

Physical tickets can first be purchased at the Rock For Love Overton Square Street Festival on Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Madison Avenue. Rock For Love benefits the Church Health Center.

A portion of the Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest ticket sales that day will be donated to Rock For Love.

After the Rock For Love event, beerfest tickets will be available for purchase at the Cooper-Young Community Association offices at 2298 Young Ave. Check the CYCA website, www.cooperyoung.org, for office hours.

Tickets will cost $35 before the festival and $40 on the day of the festival if it’s not sold out. CYCA members get a $5 discount.

The Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest on Oct. 13 features only craft beers from within a day’s drive of Memphis. The festival benefits the Cooper-Young Community Association, a non-profit organization that maintains the Trestle Art, organizes clean-ups, and does many other things in this Midtown neighborhood.

This year’s festival will include food from Central BBQ, Stone Soup Café and Sweet Grass. Goner Records will be playing Memphis music. Celtic Crossing, Memphis Flyer, Memphis Sport and WEVL are also sponsors.

“Craft brewing is growing in America and the Mid-South, and our festival is growing with it,” Andy Ashby, CYRB chairman, said. “We’ve added several new breweries this year, including several which aren’t yet available in Memphis. That said, we’re still making sure to keep lines short while focusing on educating people about good beer.”

For more information about the festival, go to beerfest.cooperyoung.org or email cybeerfest@gmail.com.

VIDEO: Andy Ashby talks IPAs, Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest

August 06, 2012 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Our good friends at the Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest posted this video filmed at Sweet Grass Next Door on IPA Day.

In it, Beerfest chairman Andy Ashby talks about Yazoo Brewing Company’s Hop Project and, of course, the 3rd annual Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest. The always-awesome festival is coming up Oct. 13 and features breweries within a day’s drive of Memphis.

Be sure to watch the outtakes at the end.