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Oskar Blues, Stone Brewing beer sampling events happening this week in Memphis

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

Oskar BluesThere’s two free craft beer sampling events happening this week in Memphis that you won’t want to miss.

On Thursday (yes, that’s tomorrow), there will be an Oskar Blues Brewing Co. tasting at Joe’s Wines & Liquors in Midtown as part of Oskar Blues’ roll-out in Memphis. The event runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and there will be special discounts on the beers served. Follow @OskarBluesTN for all the latest on the Longmont, Co., brewery’s entry into the Memphis market.

Stone BrewingThen on Friday, there will be a tasting of Stone Brewing Co. beers from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cash Saver on Madison. Stone rep Brett Collier (@StoneBrewBrett) will be there pouring samples of Pale Ale, Levitation Ale and Smoked Porter. Jim O’Brien from Crazy Good Specialty Foods (@CrazyGoodSauce) will also be there to sample out their new Raging Pineapple Salsa.

Cash Saver to host Yazoo growler fill event on Wednesday

July 16, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Yazoo Brewing CompanyGrowlers from Nashville’s Yazoo Brewing Company will be sold for a limited time Wednesday at the Cash Saver grocery store in Midtown Memphis.

Yazoo beers will be sampled and growlers of Rye Saison and Hefeweizen will be sold for just $10 (that covers the liquid and glass) from 4:30-6:30 pm.

Bottles of The Beacon, the Yazoo-Calfkiller Brewing Company collaboration beer, will also be on sale for $2.

Yazoo’s Ivan Chester will be on hand for the festivities.

Cash Saver on Madison to host free craft and import beer tastings in June

May 30, 2013 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Cash Saver - Cooler - 1

The Cash Saver grocery store at 1620 Madison in Midtown — which has established itself as a beer destination in Memphis — is hosting a series of free craft and import beer tastings in June.

Here’s what is planned so far:

Monday, June 3Fort Collins Brewery tasting, 4:30-7:30 p.m., featuring Rocky Mountain IPA, Red Banshee, Kidd Black Lager and Chocolate Stout.

Wednesday, June 5Krombacher tasting, 4-7 p.m., featuring Pils, Weizen and Dark.

Wednesday, June 12Abita Beer tasting, 4-7 p.m., featuring Amber, Purple Haze, Lemon Wheat, Turbodog and Light.

More tastings are in the works, so check back here, and also be sure to follow Cash Saver craft beer manager Taylor James on Twitter.

On Day 3 of Memphis Beer Week, free Brooklyn and Stone samples at Cash Saver and Joe’s

April 24, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Government, Memphis

Brooklyn samples at Cash Saver

In 2011, state government approved a law allowing Tennessee liquor stores to hold on-premise tastings, including samples of high-alcohol beers. In 2012, the Memphis City Council went a step further to allow on-site beer tastings at grocery stores.

Local retailers are taking advantage of these new laws this week to promote their products during the inaugural Memphis Beer Week, with tastings at grocery stores and liquor stores all over town.

On Tuesday, Day 3 of Beer Week, I stopped at two tastings on my way home from the office — a Brooklyn Brewery tasting at Cash Saver on Madison, followed by a Stone Brewing Co. event at Joe’s Wines & Liquors.

Taylor James at Cash Saver

The Brooklyn event at Cash Saver featured Brooklyn Lager, Brooklyn Brown Ale and Brooklyn Summer Ale, all lower ABV beers that are new to Memphis within the past two months. If you haven’t had a chance to try these brews, these are very solid beers. The Summer Ale is even available in cans, which are perfect for Memphis’ hot summer days. Above, Cash Saver’s craft beer manager Taylor James (top, center) talks to customers.

Pick six at Cash Saver

The last time I visited Cash Saver, I declared that it was Midtown’s best place to buy craft beer. Well, in the last month and a half, Cash Saver has expanded even more. It’s added 8 more feet of warm shelf space (doubling in size) and a new display for Ghost River Brewing’s Golden Ale.  There’s a cooler that has only craft beer cans, just in time for summer. But that’s only the start.

Cash Saver now has a huge “make-your-own-six-pack” section. You can pick from no fewer than 250 beers from Tennessee breweries, regional breweries and other craft beer makers. There’s even craft cans in the mix. Build your own for $7.25, plus 10 percent.

Cash Saver bomber display

In addition, Cash Saver has a new bomber rack with nearly 70 beers. The rack features Rogue, Samuel Adams and many others, all at great prices.

Cash Saver is hosting even more events this week:

Wednesday (today): Sierra Nevada tasting event, 5-7 p.m.

Friday: Yazoo tasting event, 4-6 p.m. Also, Yazoo growlers will be sold to-go. $8 for Hop Project #71 and $15 for “Rufus” sour collaboration with New Belgium.

Stone tasting at Joe's

After sampling the Brooklyn beers, I headed over to Joe’s for the Stone tasting event.  There were  four beers poured — Ruination IPA (a wonderful IPA!), Espresso Imperial Russian Stout (even better than the original), Oak Smoked Old Guardian (too smoky for my taste) and Vertical Epic 12-12-12 (wheeew, cloves).

I took home a bomber of the Espresso Imperial Russian Stout and also grabbed a bomber of New Belgium’s Rampant IPA, a fantastic new imperial IPA that recently arrived in Memphis.

Joe’s has more events coming up this week, as well:

Wednesday (today): New Belgium tasting, 5-6:30 p.m.

Thursday: Belgian beer tasting, 4:30-6:30 p.m., hosted by Steve Barzizza.

Friday: Abita Beer tasting, 4-6 p.m.

For a list of all Memphis Beer Week events, click here.

Stone Ruination cases