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Joe’s Wines in Midtown hosting free beer tasting today

February 08, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Joe’s Wines & Liquors in Midtown Memphis is hosting a free beer tasting today from 3 to 6 p.m.

Wiseacre Brewing’s Snowbeard Barleywine Style Ale, the first high-gravity beer legally brewed in Memphis in the modern craft beer era, is one of four beers being sampled.

Here’s more info from Joe’s:

“Dust the heaping piles of snow off your cars and come over to Joe’s today for an in-store beer tasting. From 3-6 pm we will be pouring 4 new or limited beers. We are tasting Stone Matt’s Burning Rosids Cherrywood-smoked saison, Wiseacre Snowbeard Barleywine style ale, Brewery Ommegang Take The Black Stout, and Green Flash Tripel. It will be free as always. Hope to see you soon.”

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Oskar Blues, Stone Brewing beer sampling events happening this week in Memphis

September 11, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Events, Memphis

Oskar BluesThere’s two free craft beer sampling events happening this week in Memphis that you won’t want to miss.

On Thursday (yes, that’s tomorrow), there will be an Oskar Blues Brewing Co. tasting at Joe’s Wines & Liquors in Midtown as part of Oskar Blues’ roll-out in Memphis. The event runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and there will be special discounts on the beers served. Follow @OskarBluesTN for all the latest on the Longmont, Co., brewery’s entry into the Memphis market.

Stone BrewingThen on Friday, there will be a tasting of Stone Brewing Co. beers from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cash Saver on Madison. Stone rep Brett Collier (@StoneBrewBrett) will be there pouring samples of Pale Ale, Levitation Ale and Smoked Porter. Jim O’Brien from Crazy Good Specialty Foods (@CrazyGoodSauce) will also be there to sample out their new Raging Pineapple Salsa.

Joe’s Wines & Liquors in Midtown to host free Abita beer tasting Friday

July 18, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Abita Jockamo IPAFree samples of high-gravity beers from Abita Brewing Company will be given away Friday at Joe’s Wines & Liquors in Midtown Memphis from 4 to 7 p.m.

Beers to be sampled include Andygator, Abbey and SOS.

Here’s more from Joe’s:

Bryan Brasher from Abita will be here, and he will have his beer at a 15% discount and swag (aka coozies/huggers, nice glasses, and NEW Abita t-shirts) to give away, but supplies will be limited.

On Day 3 of Memphis Beer Week, free Brooklyn and Stone samples at Cash Saver and Joe’s

April 24, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Government, Memphis

Brooklyn samples at Cash Saver

In 2011, state government approved a law allowing Tennessee liquor stores to hold on-premise tastings, including samples of high-alcohol beers. In 2012, the Memphis City Council went a step further to allow on-site beer tastings at grocery stores.

Local retailers are taking advantage of these new laws this week to promote their products during the inaugural Memphis Beer Week, with tastings at grocery stores and liquor stores all over town.

On Tuesday, Day 3 of Beer Week, I stopped at two tastings on my way home from the office — a Brooklyn Brewery tasting at Cash Saver on Madison, followed by a Stone Brewing Co. event at Joe’s Wines & Liquors.

Taylor James at Cash Saver

The Brooklyn event at Cash Saver featured Brooklyn Lager, Brooklyn Brown Ale and Brooklyn Summer Ale, all lower ABV beers that are new to Memphis within the past two months. If you haven’t had a chance to try these brews, these are very solid beers. The Summer Ale is even available in cans, which are perfect for Memphis’ hot summer days. Above, Cash Saver’s craft beer manager Taylor James (top, center) talks to customers.

Pick six at Cash Saver

The last time I visited Cash Saver, I declared that it was Midtown’s best place to buy craft beer. Well, in the last month and a half, Cash Saver has expanded even more. It’s added 8 more feet of warm shelf space (doubling in size) and a new display for Ghost River Brewing’s Golden Ale.  There’s a cooler that has only craft beer cans, just in time for summer. But that’s only the start.

Cash Saver now has a huge “make-your-own-six-pack” section. You can pick from no fewer than 250 beers from Tennessee breweries, regional breweries and other craft beer makers. There’s even craft cans in the mix. Build your own for $7.25, plus 10 percent.

Cash Saver bomber display

In addition, Cash Saver has a new bomber rack with nearly 70 beers. The rack features Rogue, Samuel Adams and many others, all at great prices.

Cash Saver is hosting even more events this week:

Wednesday (today): Sierra Nevada tasting event, 5-7 p.m.

Friday: Yazoo tasting event, 4-6 p.m. Also, Yazoo growlers will be sold to-go. $8 for Hop Project #71 and $15 for “Rufus” sour collaboration with New Belgium.

Stone tasting at Joe's

After sampling the Brooklyn beers, I headed over to Joe’s for the Stone tasting event.  There were  four beers poured — Ruination IPA (a wonderful IPA!), Espresso Imperial Russian Stout (even better than the original), Oak Smoked Old Guardian (too smoky for my taste) and Vertical Epic 12-12-12 (wheeew, cloves).

I took home a bomber of the Espresso Imperial Russian Stout and also grabbed a bomber of New Belgium’s Rampant IPA, a fantastic new imperial IPA that recently arrived in Memphis.

Joe’s has more events coming up this week, as well:

Wednesday (today): New Belgium tasting, 5-6:30 p.m.

Thursday: Belgian beer tasting, 4:30-6:30 p.m., hosted by Steve Barzizza.

Friday: Abita Beer tasting, 4-6 p.m.

For a list of all Memphis Beer Week events, click here.

Stone Ruination cases