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TN at GABF: Wiseacre, Yazoo, McHale’s win medals at 2014 Great American Beer Festival

October 04, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Competition, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Three Tennessee craft breweries — Memphis’ Wiseacre Brewing Company, Nashville’s Yazoo Brewing Company  and Chattanooga’s McHale’s Brewhouse — won medals today at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

Wiseacre Tiny BombThe festival, in its 28th year, is the largest commercial beer competition in the world. A total of 234 different breweries won either gold, silver or bronze medals in 90 beer categories covering 145 different beer styles.

Wiseacre won a bronze medal for its Tiny Bomb in the German-Style Pilsener category (75 entries). This was Wiseacre’s first year to compete at GABF.

Brothers Davin and Kellan Bartosch opened Wiseacre on Broad Avenue in 2013. Tiny Bomb, available on draft and in cans in the Memphis area, is one of the brewery’s two year-round beers, along with Ananda IPA.

“It’s great to be recognized for something that you have worked so hard on for so long, especially by my peers, the greatest beer judges in the world. Pilsner is among the most difficult styles of beer to produce and we are glad to be honored in this way. I almost cried,” brewmaster Davin Bartosch said in a press release.

Added Kellan Bartosch: “With Firestone and Russian River being the other medalist in the category as two of the most highly acclaimed breweries in the country, it says a lot about the internal admiration for Pilsner among brewers. Craft beer drinkers often stick to mega hoppy IPAs or big stouts, but external appreciation for tasty lower ABV beers is on the rise and Tiny Bomb made here in Memphis can now be considered a leader of the pack on a national scale.”

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Meanwhile, Yazoo captured the bronze medal in the Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer category (65 entries) for its Cherry Deux Rouges, part of the Nashville brewery’s Embrace the Funk series. The medal is Yazoo’s fourth overall, having won twice for its Hefeweizen and once for Sue.

The final Tennessee winner was Chattanooga’s McHale’s Brewhouse, which won a gold medal for its Scottish Pride beer in the Scottish-Style Ale category (51 entries). It’s the first GABF win for McHale’s Brewhouse.

A huge congrats to all the Tennessee winners!

Yazoo Brewing in Nashville to host “Embrace the Funk Fest” on May 5

April 29, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events

Yazoo Funk Fest

This weekend, Nashville is bringing the funk.

The inaugural “Embrace the Funk Fest,” Nashville’s first ever sour beer festival, will be held Saturday, May 5, at Yazoo Brewing Company.

The festival, which runs from noon to 5 p.m., will focus on samples of wild, funky and sours beers — some extremely rare and hard to find.

The feature will feature several new beers from Yazoo’s Embrace the Funk series, including “Wild Child,” a dark, smokey sour ale with cherries; “Rufus,” the sour collaboration with New Belgium Brewing that debuted during Memphis Beer Week; “Drie Day,” a 100% brett fermented ale in Grand Mariner oak; plus, others that brewer Brandon Jones has in reserve and even more brought in from around the world.

Tickets are $50 per person and are very limited. To register, go to Yazoo’s online store. For more information, visit embracethefunk.com.

Nashville’s Yazoo Brewing Company announces ‘Embrace the Funk’ series of wild, sour ales

November 15, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer

Yazoo Brewing CompanyFor the craft beer drinker who likes to try beers on the wild side, there was some exciting news that came out of Nashville Wednesday.

Yazoo Brewing Company brewmaster Linus Hall announced the introduction of “Embrace the Funk,” a new series of small-batch wild and sour ales.

The project is a collaboration with Nashville area brewer and beer blogger Brandon Jones, who previously teamed up with Yazoo in 2009.

Brandon and I will be working on a range of wild, soured ales that we will release in small batches as we go forward.  Your first chance to taste our creations will come at the 12th South Winter Warmer, with a beer we are calling “Wild Child”.  Its base beer was our Sue, but it has been aging for a good while in a special barrel inoculated with a brett yeast strain and some dark sour cherries.  If you don’t get to taste this beer at the festival, don’t worry – we will be releasing some big bottles of it soon afterwards. We’ve also started on a couple of other beers, but until they age we won’t know how they are going to turn out. [source]

 Jones has even more details about the collaboration on his website here.

Can’t wait to try these beers…