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Memphis Beer Week, Day 2: Jockamo IPA firkin at Hog & Hominy

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

Abita Jockamo cask

On Sunday’s kick-off to Memphis Beer Week, I gave my taste buds a serious workout at the Young Avenue Deli.

I started the night with the excellent Noble Prized Porter, brewed for Memphis’ inaugural craft beer week by Ghost River Brewing. I followed that up with Rufus, a sour red ale from Yazoo Brewing and New Belgium, and finished the night with Stone Brewing Company’s Old Guardian Barley Wine (11.6% ABV). Wheeew, that was some serious beer, especially for a Sunday night.

So last night, I took it easy (at least when it came to the beer!), hitting up Hog & Hominy in East Memphis for Abita Beer’s firkin night featuring a cask-conditioned Jockamo IPA.

Abita Jockamo IPA

Jockamo, one of my favorite IPAs out there, is hopped and dry hopped with Willamette and Columbus hops. It’s brewed with pale, red and caramel malts, and is a fairly well balanced IPA, clocking in a 6.5% ABV.

The nice thing about the cask-conditioned version? It’s very mellow. Plenty of nose and hop flavor, but it’s a really easy drinking ale. It paired very well with the spicy, indulgent, Southern-inspired fare at Hog & Hominy.

And it’s not too late to get in on the Abita firkin action. Abita is having cask nights every night this week. Here’s the schedule:

Tuesday (today): Vanilla Double Dog at Flying Saucer Downtown, 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Restoration Pale Ale at Sweet Grass, 6 p.m.
Thursday: Zach’s Special Bitter at Aldo’s Pizza Pies, 6 p.m.
Friday: Juniper Pale Ale at Young Avenue Deli, 6 p.m.

Abita stickers and koozies

Yazoo in Memphis: Hop Project flights, cask night on tap this week

December 11, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Yazoo Brewing CompanyThere’s a pair of events in Memphis this week featuring hoppy brews from Nashville’s Yazoo Brewing Company.

First up, tonight (Tuesday) at the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Downtown, there will be tappings of Hop Project #65, #66 and #68. (Each edition of Hop Project is brewed with a different blend of hops, never to be repeated again.)

You’ll be able to get a flight with samples of all three for just $3, and pints are $3 as well. The kegs will be tapped at 7 p.m.

On Wednesday, there will be a special Yazoo cask night at Hog & Hominy in East Memphis. Yazoo’s Ivan Chester will be bringing a special cask of Pale Ale dry-hopped with Columbus hops.

Buy the beer, keep the pint glass. Plus, $1 from every purchase will benefit Toys for Tots. The event starts at 5 p.m.

High-gravity beers from Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing arriving soon in Memphis

December 07, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Memphis

New Belgium logoIf you live in Memphis and like beers from Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing Co., you soon won’t need to trek to the Walgreens in West Memphis, Ark., to buy New Belgium’s higher-alcohol beers.

The Fort Collins craft brewer’s Ranger IPA, Abbey and Trippel, as well as the Lips of Faith series and seasonal Frambozen, are slated to hit the Memphis market next week in bottles and on draft, according to distributor Budweiser of Memphis.

Many liquor stores that sell high-gravity beers will have the New Belgium line-up, as well as bars and restaurants with a good selection of craft beer, including The Flying Saucer, Young Avenue Deli, Local Gastropub, Alchemy, Sweet Grass, Aldo’s Pizza Pies, Mellow Mushroom, Hog & Hominy and others.

Budweiser of Memphis has recently opened up a new company called West Tennessee Beverage to service liquor stores and bars and restaurants with high-alcohol licenses. Budweiser of Memphis has also recently taken over the craft beer portfolio of Southwestern Distributing as part of the sale of Southwestern’s beer business to the Hand Family Companies.

What’s your favorite New Belgium beer? Leave a comment below.

Hog & Hominy in East Memphis to host ‘Beer on the Bocce’ beer dinner on Oct. 7

October 03, 2012 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Hog & Hominy

On Oct. 7, Hog & Hominy in East Memphis is hosting a beer dinner that organizers say “will surely go down as the best beer-food pairing of the year.”

The “Beer on the Bocce” dinner, from 4 to 7 p.m., will feature a menu crafted by chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman.

Prepare yourself for an afternoon of courses that elevate, mirror & contrast against a wide variety of domestic & international craft beer. The chefs unique perspective on Italian food with a Southern sensibility has garnered them critical acclaim, national press & even a coveted James Beard award nomination.

A limited number of seats are available, and cost is $70 per person, plus tax & tip. To make reservations, call the restaurant at 901-207-7396. Hog & Hominy is located at 707 W. Brookhaven Circle.