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Boscos offering holiday deal on gift cards — buy $100, get $20 free

November 29, 2011 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Boscos gift cardJust in time for the holidays, Boscos is offering a deal on its gift cards — buy $100 worth of gift cards and receive a free $20 gift card.

The free $20 card is valid only from Jan. 2-Feb. 13.

You can buy them online or at any Boscos Restaurant for a limited time. The gift cards can be used at any of the four Boscos locations in Memphis, Nashville and Little Rock.


FuzzyBrew had a blast at the 2011 Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest in Memphis

October 17, 2011 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Homebrew, Memphis

CYBF - crowd

Saturday’s second-annual Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest drew a sold-out crowd of 600 to a small parking lot in Midtown that was transformed into an oasis of craft beer and homebrew. The selection of regional beer, combined with a picture-perfect 78-degree day, combined for Memphis’ best beer festival in the past year. We’re already looking forward to next year.

CYBF - BoscosBoscos Squared’s new brewer, Adam, who just moved to town from Nashville, pours a sample. To his left is Boscos founding partner Chuck Skypeck.

CYBF - Ghost River capsMemphis’ Ghost River Brewing, which started bottling its Golden Ale this week, had its new bottlecaps on display.

CYBF-Bayou TecheLouisiana-based Bayou Teche Brewing was a new addition to the festival. The Grenade and Boucanèe were particularly good.

CYBF - Red BrickAtlanta’s Red Brick Brewing, which is now distributing in Memphis, was also a new addition to the festival.

CYBF - Laughing SkullRed Brick’s Laughing Skull Amber Ale was among the beers served.

Justin mans the Yazoo Brewing Company table. As usual, the Nashville brewery’s Hop Project was excellent.

CYBF - IvanYazoo Brewmaster Ivan Chester discusses keg beer versus cask beer at the “Beer Tent Revival,” the festival’s beer education tent.

CYBF- cask v. kegaJustin poured samples of Yazoo pale from a keg, then a cask, so festival-goers could compare the two in terms of taste and carbonation.

CYBF-GonerA deejay from Cooper Young’s Goner Records spun tunes.

CYBF - Midsouth MaltsMike Lee, owner of Midsouth Malts, sold homebrew kits and supplies and poured samples of homebrew, as well.

CYBF- Bluff City Brewers tableMemphis’ homebrew club, the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs, had 11 homebrewers at the festival, including the three of us who blog here at FuzzyBrew. The homebrew table always had a line, and the beer went fast.

CYBF - FuzzyBrew magnetsThe free FuzzyBrew bottlecap magnets were a hit.

CYBF - Bluff City Brewers beersThe “B” shift of the Bluff City Brewers had these beers. Peter’s Purple Rain and Grant’s Apricot Pale Ale were the first kegs to float.

CYBF-FuzzyBrew crewThe FuzzyBrew crew — Grant, Mike and Jeff —  in action. All of our kegs floated in under 90 minutes.

Tours of Memphis’ Ghost River Brewing to resume Oct. 29

October 06, 2011 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Ghost River BrewingGhost River Brewing has been in the midst of a $750,000 expansion to double its capacity and add a bottling line in recent months. As a result, the Great American Beer Festival silver medalist had to stop giving tours to the public.

Well, the work is about done and Ghost River has announced plans to resume tours this month.

The free tours start again on Oct. 29 and will be offered Saturday afternoons at 3 p.m. at  827 S. Main, just south of Downtown Memphis.

With all the extra equipment packed inside the brewery, space on the tours will be limited and a reservation is required.

Call 901-278-0087, ext. 208, or e-mail info@ghostriverbrewing.com for availability.

Boscos wins gold, Ghost River gets silver at 2011 Great American Beer Festival

October 04, 2011 By: mike Category: Breweries, Competition, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

GABFMemphis-based craft breweries Boscos and Ghost River Brewing each won a medal this weekend in Denver at the Great American Beer Festival, the world’s largest commercial beer competition.

Boscos Hefeweizen took gold in the category of German-style Wheat Ale (out of 23 entries). It was the fourth win for the Hefeweizen at GABF. The Boscos wheat beer previously won gold in 2005 and 2007 and a silver medal in 2006.

Meanwhile, Boscos’ sister brewery, Ghost River, took the silver medal in the Irish-style Red Ale category (31 entries) for the Ghost River Copperhead Red.

“The medal for Ghost River is our first and of course that is exciting,” said Chuck Skypeck, founding partner for both Ghost River and Boscos.

Skypeck said Boscos, which enters the competition as a “brewpub group” that allows it promote the win across all its breweries, held mini-competitions among its brewpubs to determine which specific beer to send.

“The Hefeweizen in this case came from Nashville, but could have just as easily come from Memphis or Little Rock,” Skypeck said.

This year 3,930 beers were vying for medals at the Great American Beer Festival, with the number of entries up 11 percent over 2010. Entries were received from 526 breweries in 48 states plus Puerto Rico.

Award-winners received gold, silver and bronze medals in 83 beer categories covering 134 beer styles (including subcategories). A total of 248 medals were awarded.

Check out all the winners here.

GABF’s most competitive category was American-Style India Pale Ale, with 176 entries. Four new beer styles were judged at the 2011 GABF, including Fruit Wheat Beer (48 entries), Chocolate Beer (30 entries), American-Style Brett Ale (31 entries) and International-Style Pale Ale (20 entries).

In addition to the medals won by Boscos and Ghost River, Big River Grille and Brewing in Chattanooga was the other Tennessee winner. The brewpub won a bronze medal for its Rocket Red in the American-Style Amber/Red Ale category (82 entries).

Congrats to the Tennessee winners at GABF!