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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.

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.

In Memphis, Anthony Bourdain tries some Ghost River beer

November 02, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Events, Memphis

Anthony Bourdain, who is appearing at the Orpheum Theatre tonight as part of his Guts & Glory tour, is apparently getting a taste of some Memphis beer.

The chef, author and television host tweeted a photo this evening of a bowl full of Ghost River Golden Ale, along with the words “Memphis! Prep.”

Bourdain is hosting two new television shows premiering in 2013: The Taste, a cooking competition series for ABC, and a docu-series for CNN, expanding the network’s coverage of travel, culture and cuisine.

Looks like he’s enjoying his visit to Memphis!

In 2012, Ghost River Brewing hopes to expand bottling to seasonal beers

January 02, 2012 By: mike Category: Beer in the news, Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Ghost River six-pack

The end of 2011 marked the start of production for Ghost River Brewing’s new bottling line. Six-packs of Ghost River’s Golden Ale can now be found across the Mid-South. For now, the Golden Ale is the only beer being bottled by the Memphis craft brewery.

That may change in 2012.

In an interview with The Commercial Appeal’s Lindsay Melvin published last week, Ghost River founding partner Chuck Skypeck said the next phase for the bottling line is being planned.

And it involves the brewery’s seasonal beers.

I’m shooting for a seasonal beer rotation. Probably 1887 IPA in the winter, Black Magic (dark beer) in the spring, Octoberfest in the fall and then the Witbier (Belgian-style wheat beer) in the summer,” Skypeck told the newspaper. [source]

So when might this happen? Possibly this summer, says Skypeck.

Skypeck told FuzzyBrew by e-mail that Ghost River is already selling 100% of its increased capacity in beer from the brewery’s major expansion in 2011.

So to bottle seasonals, we have to add more capacity. Yet another project,” Skypeck wrote. “It all depends on how long it takes to fabricate new tanks and get them installed and commissioned.”

Stayed tuned for more details as we hear about them.

So what’s your favorite Ghost River seasonal beer? Leave a comment below.