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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.

Sellout crowd packs AutoZone Park for 2013 Memphis Brewfest

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

2013 Memphis Brewfest

A crowd of 2,000 beer lovers converged Saturday on AutoZone Park for the 4th Annual Memphis Brewfest, a celebration of American craft beers and international brews.

The 2013 festival, with more than 165 different beers sampled, was a big success. It rained, and the Grizzlies were playing the Clippers in Game 3 of the playoffs a few blocks away at FedExForum, and the festival still sold out on Saturday morning. Thankfully, there was covered space for all the booths in the concourse area of AutoZone Park, so everyone could stay dry.

There was beer from local and regional breweries, including Ghost River Brewing, Boscos, High Cotton Brewing, Yazoo Brewing Company and Blackstone Brewing Company. Two homebrew clubs were there: the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs and Memphis Brewer’s Association. Craft and international beers were provided by distributors A.S. Barboro and Budweiser of Memphis, and for the first time, Joe’s Wines & Liquors even had a booth, pouring high-ABV selections from its Beer Nutz Beer Club.

The festival capped off the inaugural Memphis Beer Week, with beer tastings, beer dinners, firkin nights and pint nights all across town.

High Cotton at Memphis BrewfestMemphis’ High Cotton Brewing, which has just started brewing at its new facility on Monroe, had samples of its Saison and Scottish Ale at Memphis Brewfest.

Bluf City Brewers at Memphis BrewfestThe Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs served up some great homebrew, including the “High C’s” IPA, Extracurricular Hoptivity IPA, Rauch Me Like a Hurricane and Strange Fruit Watermelon Wheat, just to name a few.

Yazoo at Memphis BrewfestIn addition to its year-round beers, Nashville’s Yazoo Brewing Company had two special beers on tap — a barrel-aged version of its Sly Rye Porter, as well as the New Belgium sour collaboration “Rufus.”

Yazoo Big WheelYazoo also gave away this awesome custom big wheel to this lucky guy.

Tasters at Memphis BrewfestThe mission of Memphis Brewfest is to raise awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. All net proceeds from the festival benefit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy and the Memphis Redbirds Foundation.

Menu for Thursday’s Ghost River Beer Dinner at Grove Grill‏ in East Memphis

April 23, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Ghost River BrewingThe Grove Grille in East Memphis is hosting a dinner this Thursday (April 25) featuring beers from Ghost River Brewing.

The Memphis Beer Week event costs $55 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and starts at 6:30 p.m. Call 901-818-9951 for reservations.

Here’s the menu:

Newman Farms Berkshire Pork
Charcuterie Board
French Garlic Sausage, Apricot and Pistachio Country Pate,
Brown Sugar Black Pepper Bacon and Apple Smoked Tenderloin
Golden Ale
Pickled Spring Vegetable Salad
with creamy mint and orange dressing
Glacial Pale Ale
Gulf White Shrimp and Louisiana Redfish
with melted leeks, 4 cheese grits and whole grain mustard “beer blanc”
Copperhead Red
Wood Grilled Natural Chicken Breast
with red chili mole, turmeric rice, black bean-avocado salsa
Black Magic
Chocolate Porter Tart
with macerated berries
Noble Prized Porter

Ghost River Brewing’s Noble Prized Porter on sale now

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

Ghost River BrewingGhost River Brewing’s Noble Prized Porter — the first porter brewed by the Memphis craft brewery — is on sale now.

The porter is being sold from Ghost River’s dock in growlers and kegs and is headed to local bars and restaurants that sell Ghost River beers.

The Noble Prized Porter was brewed to celebrate the inaugural Memphis Beer Week (April 21 – 27) and to honor Memphis in May’s Salute to Sweden.

The recipe for the limited-edition beer features the “noble” hop Hallertau, as well as lingonberries and vanilla extract.