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Memphis’ Ghost River Brewing releases Riverbank Red, 2nd year-round beer, in bottles

September 27, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Memphis

Ghost River BrewingGhost River Brewing has started bottling Riverbank Red, the Memphis brewery’s Irish-Style Red Ale.

Riverbank Red joins Golden Ale as Ghost River’s two year-round beers in bottles.

Riverbank Red was formerly called Copperhead Red and was the winner of the 2011 Great American Beer Festival silver medal in the Irish-Style Red Ale category — Ghost River’s first and only medal to date. The beer was originally brewed for the Memphis Redbirds.

The 1887 IPA is Ghost River’s third year-round beer, but it’s only available on draft. Ghost River has been bottling Golden Ale since 2011, when a bottling line was added as part of an expansion.

While it may be a few more weeks until Riverbank Red is widely distributed, the Midtown Cash Saver tweeted Friday that the beer was available at the store’s Madison Growler & Bottle Shop.

Memphis’ Ghost River Brewing to double capacity, release new beers in bottles

September 09, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Ghost River BrewingGhost River Brewing is embarking on a major expansion that will double its brewing capacity. In addition, the Memphis craft brewery, which currently only sells its Golden Ale in bottles, will release one or two more styles in bottles.

The Commercial Appeal reports that production from the current 6,000 barrels a year will increase to 12,000, as part of a project that will cost $500,000 to $700,000 and be complete by year’s end.

“We’ve always seemed to be running behind, underestimating the desire for our product in the community, which may be a wonderful thing to do,” founding partner Jerry Feinstone told the newspaper.

“So I guess we haven’t thought large enough.” [source]

Ghost River produces three beers year-round — Golden Ale, Glacial Pale Ale and Copperhead Red — plus special and seasonal releases. Copperhead Red is likely the next beer to be released in bottles.

Ghost River, founded in 2008, has long been Memphis’ only production craft brewery. It doubled its capacity and added a bottling line in 2011.

Its latest expansion comes as a number of start-ups are entering the market, from High Cotton Brewing to Wiseacre Brewing Company to Memphis Made.

Whole Foods in East Memphis to host in-store tasting Saturday of Ghost River beers

February 28, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Ghost River six-pack

The Whole Foods Market in East Memphis will host an in-store tasting on Saturday, March 2, of beers from Ghost River Brewing.

Ghost River’s Golden Ale, Copperhead Red and Black Magic will be sampled at the event, which runs from 1 to 5 p.m. The store is located at 5022 Poplar Ave.

Ghost River’s Golden Ale is the only beer of the three that you can buy in bottles at retail locations. The Copperhead Red and seasonal Black Magic are available at local restaurants and bars that sell Ghost River beer and can also be purchased from Ghost River’s dock.

In November, the Memphis City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that allows for limited beer tastings at grocery stores and other retailers with city-issued licenses to sell beer for off-premise consumption.

Boscos wins gold, Ghost River gets silver at 2011 Great American Beer Festival

October 04, 2011 By: mike Category: Breweries, Competition, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

GABFMemphis-based craft breweries Boscos and Ghost River Brewing each won a medal this weekend in Denver at the Great American Beer Festival, the world’s largest commercial beer competition.

Boscos Hefeweizen took gold in the category of German-style Wheat Ale (out of 23 entries). It was the fourth win for the Hefeweizen at GABF. The Boscos wheat beer previously won gold in 2005 and 2007 and a silver medal in 2006.

Meanwhile, Boscos’ sister brewery, Ghost River, took the silver medal in the Irish-style Red Ale category (31 entries) for the Ghost River Copperhead Red.

“The medal for Ghost River is our first and of course that is exciting,” said Chuck Skypeck, founding partner for both Ghost River and Boscos.

Skypeck said Boscos, which enters the competition as a “brewpub group” that allows it promote the win across all its breweries, held mini-competitions among its brewpubs to determine which specific beer to send.

“The Hefeweizen in this case came from Nashville, but could have just as easily come from Memphis or Little Rock,” Skypeck said.

This year 3,930 beers were vying for medals at the Great American Beer Festival, with the number of entries up 11 percent over 2010. Entries were received from 526 breweries in 48 states plus Puerto Rico.

Award-winners received gold, silver and bronze medals in 83 beer categories covering 134 beer styles (including subcategories). A total of 248 medals were awarded.

Check out all the winners here.

GABF’s most competitive category was American-Style India Pale Ale, with 176 entries. Four new beer styles were judged at the 2011 GABF, including Fruit Wheat Beer (48 entries), Chocolate Beer (30 entries), American-Style Brett Ale (31 entries) and International-Style Pale Ale (20 entries).

In addition to the medals won by Boscos and Ghost River, Big River Grille and Brewing in Chattanooga was the other Tennessee winner. The brewpub won a bronze medal for its Rocket Red in the American-Style Amber/Red Ale category (82 entries).

Congrats to the Tennessee winners at GABF!