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There’s good beer in Nashville grocery stores

November 16, 2010 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Travelin'

Beers bought at Harris Teeter

Just a portion of my haul from Nashville.

If you’re a Memphian who loves beer and you’re ever in Nashville, check out the selection of craft brews in Nashville grocery stores.

When I was there last week on a work trip, I took a side trip to the Harris Teeter grocery at 2201 21st Avenue South near Vanderbilt.

My friend Brad had recommended Harris Teeter as a good place for beer, and it was a total score. I snagged lots of beer you can’t readily find on Memphis shelves.

Here’s what I brought home for me and my fellow FuzzyBrewers:

• four 6-packs of Sweetwater IPA. (For some reason, I can’t find Atlanta’s Sweetwater beer anywhere in Memphis. The IPA is like an explosion of grapefruit. It’s amazing.)

• one 6-pack of Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale.

• one 6-pack of Yuengling Porter. (Since Yuengling is headed to Memphis, I thought I should try more of Yuengling’s offerings. In Memphis, we can only get the Lager and the Black & Tan. I’d still like to try the Lord Chesterfield Ale.)

• one 6-pack of Starr Hill‘s Dark Starr Stout. (Starr Hill is a brewery in Charlottesville, Va., and I totally bought the beer after seeing the Grateful Dead-inspired label. But it’s quite tasty.)

• one 6-pack of Star Hill’s Festie, which is an Oktoberfest lager.

• one 6-pack of Fort Collins Brewery‘s Rocky Mountain IPA. (In Memphis, you can get tons of Fort Collins beer from New Belgium Brewing, i.e., Fat Tire, but not from the Fort Collins Brewery.)

More later from those of us at FuzzyBrew on what we thought about some of these beers.

Yuengling to buy old Coors brewery in Memphis

October 15, 2010 By: grant Category: Beer in the news, Breweries, Memphis

Great news from The Commercial Appeal today: It looks like D.G. Yuengling is poised to take over the old Molson Coors brewery in Memphis.

Yuengling, the oldest American-owned brewery in the United States (pop quiz: which is the biggest?), would expand its brewery operations from its original Pottsville, Pa., location and newer brewery in Tampa, Fla., to include the 1.3 million-square-foot facility off of Raines in southeast Memphis.

The whole deal makes me a little nostalgic for my time in undergrad and the couple subsequent years I still lived in Morgantown, W.Va. Yuengling wasn’t sold in that state, so my buddy and I would drive across the border to a little distributer in an alley behind a church in Point Marion, Pa., and stock up on Yuengling Lager and Lord Chesterfield Ale.

If the deal goes though, which it looks like it will, it means excellent jobs for Memphis. Beer jobs!

The other two breweries offer free tours, so I’m hoping we’ll get the same here in Memphis. It could also mean all of Yuengling’s brews are more widely distributed in the city and the Mid-South. I drank a couple Black & Tan’s last night to build up a little good karma. Yum.

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