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FedExForum to host craft beer tasting nights during select Memphis Grizzlies games

December 08, 2014 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Memphis Grizzlies Draft Room

FedExForum will host “Beer Tasting Nights” during select Memphis Grizzlies games this season, starting with a SweetWater Brewing Company night during Friday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets.

The beer sampling events will be held in The Draft Room, the new craft beer haven on the First Tennessee Club Level that serves beer from local and regional breweries, including Memphis’ Wiseacre Brewing Co.

On Beer Tasting Nights, you can buy a special club or terrace-level ticket that includes admission to the game, hors d’oeuvres, beer samples and a commemorative Grizzlies pint glass. In addition, you can buy a beer tasting-only pass for just $25. For more information, and to buy tickets, click here.

Here are the upcoming games featuring Beer Tasting Nights:

Friday, Dec 12 vs. Charlotte Hornets
Featured beer: SweetWater
Pricing: Club: $85 | Terrace IV: $40
Deadline to order: December 10

Saturday, Jan 17 vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Featured beer: Goose Island
Pricing: Club: $105 | Terrace IV: $41
Deadline to order: January 9

Friday, Feb 27 vs. LA Clippers
Featured beer: Sierra Nevada
Pricing: Club: $150 | Terrace IV: $47
Deadline to order: February 20

Saturday, March 14 vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Featured beer: Wiseacre
Pricing: Club: $85 | Terrace IV: $40
Deadline to order: March 7

Saturday, April 4 vs. Washington Wizards
Featured beers: All Brands
Pricing: Club: $105 | Terrace IV: $41
Deadline to order: March 27

A.S. Barboro giving away 300 limited-edition Memphis Grizzlies Coors Light cans

April 11, 2013 By: mike Category: Distribution, Events, Memphis

Memphis Grizzlies Coors Light CanA.S. Barbaro is celebrating Tax Day and the Memphis Grizzlies’ playoff berth by giving away free beer next week.

The Memphis-area MillerCoors distributor is giving away 300 limited-edition Memphis Grizzlies 24-ounce cans of Coors Light at an event at FedExForum on Monday, April 15.

The giveaway is first come, first served, and is limited to can per person, 21-years and up.

Here’s more from a press release:

To take Memphians’ minds off of having to pay income taxes, and instead focus our collective consciousness on the great news of the Memphis Grizzlies securing their third consecutive appearance in the NBA playoffs, MillerCoors Beer is giving away free beer on Tax Day at the FedEx Forum, home of the Grizzlies. … To thank A.S. Barboro and MillerCoors for their deeply refreshing support of the Grizzlies, Mayor A.C. Wharton will commemorate the event by giving the key to the city to Barboro General Manager Steve Hegdale. A representative of the Grizzlies will also be on hand to express the team’s thanks for MillerCoors’ support of the Grizzlies.”

WHAT:     Distribution of free, limited-edition Memphis Grizzlies cans of Coors Light

WHEN:     Monday, April 15. ID check starts at 10 a.m. Event begins at 11.

WHERE:  FedExForum, main entrance plaza, 191 Beale Street

Stuart Gellis’ awesome sports beer can collection

June 11, 2012 By: mike Category: Beer Gear, Oddities

When the Memphis Grizzlies and Coors Light teamed up in February to release a 24-oz. special edition Memphis Grizzlies Coors Light beer can, it became an instant collectible. I got an e-mail from Stuart Gellis, of New Rochelle, New York, who has a collection of some 6,000 beer cans displayed at his house and wanted to add the Grizzlies commemorative can to his lot. I sent two cans to him in return for the guest post below. Thanks for sharing your story, Stuart! -Mike


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Thirty years ago, I discovered “Sports Beer Can” collecting as a substitute for baseball cards and memorabilia, which became too expensive for my wallet. Sports, beer and collecting were my passions, and this was an inexpensive way to satisfy my cravings.

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The vibrant colors and artwork were spectacular. My travels for work allowed me to visit beer outlets throughout the U.S., and I think I have been to every bar and store in every state, or so it seems. The search was exhilarating, and the cans were plentiful.

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I set up my own rules to determine what constituted a “Sports Can.” Each can must show or mention something related to a competitive sport, a specific team, an individual, an event, a schedule or a venue. Cans featuring cartoons, silhouettes, etc., of competitive sports figures in uniform may also qualify. Cans that show outdoors activities such as skiing, sailing, fishing or hunting don’t qualify unless there is reference to a competitive event. (These are my rules, but your rules might be different.)
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Using these criteria, I have been able to accumulate over 6,000 cans through buying, selling, trading and attending “breweriana” shows sponsored by the Brewery Collectibles Club of America (BCCA). Trading these cans with fellow collectors in all the states has been challenging but most enjoyable. I have met some of the nicest people you can imagine. All my cans are displayed in my basement mancave on shelves that I made of 2 1/2″ aluminum “L” strips screwed into the wall. There is no criteria as to how you might display your cans, as long as you enjoy yourself and have a beer on me. Cheers.

Limited-edition Coors Light-Memphis Grizzlies beer can to be released

February 14, 2012 By: mike Category: Memphis, Oddities

Memphis Grizzlies Coors Light  canMemphis Grizzlies fans, your team’s logo is now on a tall boy.

The Grizzlies and Coors Light have partnered up to release a 24-oz. Grizzlies beer can, which will be sold at area bars, grocery stores and convenience stores. “Coors Light Grizz Can” launch parties will be held Wednesday night at local Buffalo Wild Wings locations.

The can bears the Grizzlies’ name, logo and the words “Proud partner of the Memphis Grizzlies.”

Here’s more from a Grizzlies press release:

This commemorative can was made to celebrate the passion Memphis-area fans have for their favorite NBA team.

The cans will be available at participating retailers throughout Memphis from now until April 1.

Coors Light Grizz Can launch parties will tip-off at two Memphis-area Buffalo Wild Wings’ locations (3448 Poplar Ave. & 3770 Hacks Cross Road) on Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m.