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Harbor Town Beer and Food Festival on Saturday to feature beer, food pairings

October 19, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

The first annual Harbortown Beer and Food Festival takes place Saturday, featuring over 60 different beers for sampling.

The event is from 2 to 6 p.m., with beers poured from about 18 craft breweries from across the country, including regional breweries such as Ghost River Brewing, Yazoo Brewing Company, Schlafly Beer, Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company and Blackstone Brewery. Each brewery will have food paired with its beers.

The event will be on Mud Island in Harbor Town in front of Movie & Pizza Company, 110 Harbor Town Square. An after-party featuring music from Charvey McLemore takes place from 7 to 9 p.m.

Presale tickets are $33, with tickets costing $38 on Saturday. Three bucks from every ticket sold will benefit the Mid-South Food Bank. Get tickets on http://www.brownpapertickets.com/.

Any questions? Call the Movie & Pizza Company at 527-2233.

‘New Albany on Tap’ beer tasting event is Saturday in Mississippi

September 19, 2012 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events

New Albany on Tap

A beer tasting event in its second year is happening this weekend in North Mississippi. New Albany on Tap, a fundraising event for the town’s Downtown Trailhead Plaza, is Saturday at the Tallahatchie Riverbank from 5:30-8pm. Check out the two press releases below for all the details on this event.

A Beer Tasting sponsored by Lazy Magnolia Brewery, Clark Beverage, Sugaree’s Bakery and Tallahatchie Gourmet

New Albany, MS – 8/23/2012 – New Albany On Tap, a beer tasting event, is scheduled to start at 5:30 and end at 8:00 on the Tallahatchie Riverbank downtown in New Albany, MS on Saturday, September 22, 2012. Sponsors are Lazy Magnolia Brewery, Clark Beverage Group, Tallahatchie Gourmet and Sugaree’s Bakery.

Live music will be performed by the All Night Long Blues Band from Clarksdale. Punch cards will be provided for ticket holders to sample 2 oz. servings of 12 different craft and imported beers, 7 of which are High Gravity. The featured beers are Beck’s Oktoberfest, Franziskaner, Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra, Sierra Nevada Ovila Dubbel, Spaten Optimator, Abita SOS, Abita Vanilla Double Dog, Crispin Brut Cider, Anchor Liberty Ale, and Lazy Magnolia flavors; Southern Pecan, Indian Summer and Timber Beast.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 at Tallahatchie Gourmet, 662-534-3250 or Pizza Pit, 662-538-5800. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate for $25. The ticket price will cover the commemorative Lazy Magnolia beer glass, the beer sampling and food by Tallahatchie Gourmet and Sugaree’s Bakery. All volunteers and ticket holders must be at least 21.

All proceeds will be donated to the Trailhead Plaza fund. These funds will go toward the creation of a small public space at a trailhead downtown.

Mary Jennifer Russell, organizer of the event and owner of Sugaree’s Bakery, says:

“I noticed an opportunity in New Albany for an event like this and realized none of our current organizations were willing to be the first to do such an event. My bakery has been participating in large wine and food festivals for the past several years in New Orleans, Charleston, Atlanta, Natchez and Seaside, Fla. After becoming so familiar with these types of events and understanding the level of interest and the tourism value, I believed I could easily make a small tasting event happen here.”

“I believe New Albany has a huge opportunity NOW. When our downtown becomes active at night, we can attract more restaurants, retail businesses and loft apartment interest downtown. That all equals more private investment dollars to help our city grow and succeed in this economy.”

“This is the second year for this event and it has been much easier to gather public support following the success of last year’s tasting, when we had 200 ticket holders and volunteers and raised over $1,000 for our downtown trailhead.”


All Night Long Blues Band to play at New Albany on Tap

The All Night Long Blues Band will perform Hill Country Blues at New Albany on Tap Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Members of the All Night Long Blues Band include Sean “BAD” Apple, Martin “Big Boy” Grant and Dixie Street.

SEAN”BAD”APPLE has studied at the feet of historical bluesman for the better part of two decades. In 1993 he learned and spent time with the then 88 yr old Bentonia Blues native, Jack Owens. Jack was a contemporary of Skip James. Sean then spent close to three years under R.L.Boyce of Como, MS who came up under Otha Turner’s Rising star fife and drum band,Mississippi Fred Mcdowell, R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. Apple for a short stint teamed up with Joseph Burnside and Calvin Jackson. Calvin is the Father of Cedric Burnside. Apple also served as guitar player for the Terry Harmonica Bean blues band for two years out of Pontotoc, MS.

Apple plays mostly now as a solo, duo or with his band THE ALL NIGHT LONG BLUES BAND. Apple’s right hand man is his harmonica player Martin”big boy”Grant who was on Jesse Mae Hemphill’s last recordings, frequented Junior Kimbrough’s juke joint on Sunday nights, had bands with Apple that featured RL Boyce, Joseph Burnside, Calvin Jackson and appears with Apple in the famous coffee table book of amazing blues and Mississippi oriented photos “BLUES,BOOZE AND BARBEQUE”. Holding down drums with the band is Clarksdale, MS resident Dixie Street, a great north MS hill country blues drummer. Dixie, along with her husband Stan Street own Hambone Art Gallery, a regular Tuesday night blues venue in Clarksdale, MS.

Sean”Bad”Apple has made a living playing rural juke joints, festivals and yard parties through the South. He has taken the education of the blues taught to him by the men and women who created this music .Through culture and tradition, cotton fields and levee camps, Sean Apple and the All night long Blues Band plan to continue to reach back and draw from inspiration of blues past and deliver high energy, driving performances of the blues Future……..One of the house bands at Ground Zero blues club and Red’s lounge for 5 years. Main stage act at SUNFLOWER RIVER BLUES AND GOSPEL FEST AND JUKE JOINT FESTIVAL all in Clarksdale MS…

“I’m happy to see a high energy blues band playing at New Albany on Tap. It’s going to be a great show.”- Mary Jennifer Russell, Owner, Sugaree’s Bakery.

Tickets are on sale now for $20 at Tallahatchie Gourmet, 662-534-3250 or Pizza Pit, 662-538-5800. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate for $25. The ticket price will cover the commemorative Lazy Magnolia beer glass, the beer sampling and food by Tallahatchie Gourmet and Sugaree’s Bakery.

Please contact Mary Jennifer Russell for inquiries: maryj@sugarees.com or call 662-538-9379.

Mississippi’s Lazy Magnolia to host first beer tasting at its brewery on July 1

June 27, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events

Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company logoA new law taking effect July 1 allows breweries in Mississippi to offer free on-site beer tastings and samplings. So Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company, Mississippi’s only craft brewery, is celebrating.

Lazy Magnolia will host its first-ever beer tasting at its brewery in Kiln on July 1, starting at 3 p.m.

Mississippi Senate Bill 2600, signed by Gov. Phil Bryant in May, allows six-ounce samples to be offered as part of structured tours, “which must include the entire manufacturing and brewing processes and methods used at the brewery.” Under the new law, beer tastings are allowed between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Here’s what Lazy Magnolia posted about the event on Facebook:

Get directions to the brewery here.

Watch ‘Mississippi Brews’ – a documentary about the craft beer movement in the Magnolia State

May 29, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Government

When you have 18 minutes to spare, be sure to watch “Mississippi Brews,” a great short documentary about the efforts of Raise Your Pints in the Magnolia State.

It features interviews with Raise Your Pints’ Butch Bailey, Ghost River Brewing’s Chuck Skypeck, Lazy Magnolia’s Leslie Henderson and Keg and Barrel’s John Neal.

It was produced by the University of Mississippi Media and Documentary Projects, a division of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture and affiliated with the Meek School of Journalism and New Media.