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Memphis homebrewer Ben Pugh to help launch brewpub in Jackson, Tenn.

July 05, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Homebrew, Memphis

Ben Pugh with Charlie Papazian, author of The Complete Joy of Homebrewing

Memphis homebrewer Ben Pugh (right), with Charlie Papazian, author of The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

Memphis homebrewer Ben Pugh is teaming up with a Memphis pizza company to launch a brewpub in Jackson, Tenn.

Pamela Denney with the Memphis Stew blog first reported plans by Jeremy Denno and Amanda Preston, the couple behind Rock ‘n Dough Pizza Co., to open a microbrewery and pizza pub later this year in Jackson. The 4,100-square-foot brewpub will be part of a new walkable community, developed in part by Henry Turley, near the University of Memphis Lambuth campus.

On Thursday night, Pugh announced his role in the venture on Facebook:

BIG news guys!!!! My new company Eclectic Ales has joined up with Memphis’ favorite food truck and second favorite pizza joint, Rock ‘N’ Dough Pizza Co., to open a brewpub in Jackson, Tennessee later this year! We are all very excited about this and are looking forward to everybody stopping by to check out the new location! Jackson, I hope you are ready for some awesome beer and pizza, it’s coming your way!!

Pugh is a great guy and a really accomplished homebrewer, having won the Boscos/Bluff City Brewers Pro-Am competition in 2010. You might have tried his Black Hearted IPA at Boscos that year. He’s also the former president of the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs homebrew club and a founding member of the Memphis Brewers Association.

Congrats, Ben! We’ll post more details on FuzzyBrew when we hear more about the plans, so check back soon.

UPDATE || Here’s more from Ben on Facebook:

We will have a Blonde, a American pale ale, and a Northern English Brown as our always on tap selection. That will leave us three open taps two will be seasonal rotating selections of my choice and the third will be a homebrew tap. The homebrew tap will be where home brewers come in and brew their recipes with me on our system. Were not really going to focus on one style just whatever we feel like really. … We will also have root beer and cream soda that will be made in house and served on draft.

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.

Boscos’ Big Brew: Recap of National Homebrew Day in Memphis

May 07, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Events, Homebrew, Memphis

Big Brew - JL

On Saturday, more than 20 Memphis area homebrewers brewed beer on the parking lot of Boscos in Overton Square to celebrate National Homebrew Day.

The brew day was part of the American Homebrewers Association Big Brew, an annual event to celebrate National Homebrew Day held on the first Saturday in May.

Boscos provided the space and gave each homebrewer free wort to brew with, as well as yeast. Brewers brought their own hops and made whatever concoction they wanted with the base of mostly two-row malt, with some crystal malt.

Homebrewers from the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs and the Memphis Brewer’s Association participated in the event, which is always one of the highlights of the year for the brew clubs.

Big Brew - GrantGrant waits for his wort inside Boscos.

Big Brew - distributing the wortHomebrewer Joe Barnes fills the kettle. Barnes was among the volunteers who assisted Boscos brewer Adam Hargrove on Saturday.

Big Brew - wortEach brewer got 5-10 gallons of wort to boil.

Big Brew - Mark & NateMark and Nate carry a kettle full of wort to the burner.

brew-day-wortSome people didn’t need help!

Big Brew - hopsMemphis-grown Cascade hops.

Big Brew -  Mark and MikeI made a single-hop Cascade American Pale Ale.

Big Brew - kettlesFuzzyBrew kettles.

Big Brew- MarkAfter chilling, the wort is dumped into carboys, with yeast added soon after at home.

What did you make for National Homebrew Day? Leave a comment below.

Recap of the 2012 Brew Movement for MS in Memphis

March 19, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Homebrew, Memphis

A great time was had by all Thursday night at the 3rd annual Brew Movement, which raised money for the Mid South Chapter of the National MS Society. Those of us from FuzzyBrew volunteered and poured beer from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Red Brick Brewing. There was also great craft beer from Stone Brewing Co., Yazoo Brewing Co. and Ghost River Brewing, among others, and tasty homebrew from the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs and Memphis Brewer’s Association.

Brew Movement - CohenCongressman Steve Cohen, right, kicked off the event. Brew Movement organizer Joe Barnes is on the left.

Brew Movement - crowdA view of the crowd inside the Chickasaw Oaks Village.

Brew Movement- Sierra Nevada cansSierra Nevada Pale Ale — in cans, no less — was served.

Brew Movement- Ghost River coastersMemphis’ Ghost River Brewing Company was on hand.

Brew Movement - auctionA silent auction featured rare beers and homebrewing gear.

Brew Movement - bandThere was also a live band at Brew Movement.

Brew Movement - empty tubAll that was left at the end of the night…