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Midtown Memphis’ best place to buy craft beer: Cash Saver on Madison

February 27, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Memphis

Cash Saver - Taylor James

Craft beer might not be first thing you associate with Midtown’s Cash Saver, the discount grocery store known for its cheap prices.

But the former Piggly Wiggly at 1620 Madison Avenue has quietly transformed its beer aisle into a beer oasis.

Craft beer manager Taylor James, who carefully tends to his coolers and displays like a garden, now boasts of the best selection and best prices for craft beer at a retail establishment in Midtown, if not the best in the city.

“Currently, we offer 140 craft and import selections along with 60 domestic products, and that number will only increase as new beers become available on the market. We have 158 linear feet of space solely dedicated to craft and import selections,” said James, whose father owns two area Cash Saver stores, including the Madison location, and two Piggly Wiggly stores.

The selection is truly excellent. On a recent visit to the Cash Saver, there were six varieties of beer from Schlafly alone, including the Pale Ale, Dry Hopped APA, Hefeweizen, Oatmeal Stout, Coffee Stout and Kolsch, all marked at $6.78 a sixer.

Among the brands you can find at Cash Saver are Yazoo, Ghost River, Blackstone, Sierra Nevada, Abita, Southern Tier, O’Fallon, Samuel Adams, North Coast, Shiner, Bridgeport, Red Brick, Victory, Fort Collins, Rogue, Goose Island, Flying Dog, Lazy Magnolia, Anchor, Shipyard and New Belgium.

James says that if the distributors can get it, customers want it, and grocery stores can legally sell it, then he’ll carry it. Stone is among the brands that are coming soon.

Cash Saver’s beer pricing is even better than the store’s other items. Cash Saver sells its goods for cost plus 10 percent, which means low prices on everything from canned items to produce to meat. Beer is actually marked at 3 percent below cost, and then 10 percent is added at the register.

“Beer is an important category, and we want to offer it at the lowest price point possible,” said James. “The result is the guaranteed overall lowest prices in the area and you don’t need a shopper’s card or have to pay a membership fee to save.”

That means you’ll find six-packs of beer at Cash Saver for sometimes $1, $2 or $3 lower than you can find at Kroger or other stores.

So what’s next?

“We are hoping in the next month or two to have a ‘make your own six pack’ section, so customers can try different crafts and imports. As far as our long-range plans go, we are looking to renovate our Madison location and expanding our beer coolers will be part of that plan,” James said.

Check out photos below of Cash Saver’s displays and coolers. And follow Taylor James on Twitter at @taylorhjames.

Cash Saver - Abita

Cash Saver - Shelves

Cash Saver - cooler-2

Cash Saver - Cooler - 1

Cash Saver-Spaten

Cash Saver - Schlafly - Southern Tier

Cafe Society in Memphis to host a Belgian beer dinner on Thursday

November 07, 2011 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Belgian Beer Dinner @ Cafe Society
UPDATE: The date for this event has been changed to December 10, 2011.

Cafe Society in Midtown Memphis is hosting a dinner this Thursday featuring a four-course meal paired with selected beers from Belgium.

The “Belgian Beer Dinner” starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $40 per person, plus tax and tip. Cafe Society is located at 212 N. Evergreen.

Here’s the menu:

Arugula Salade
Goat cheese and shredded lamb with a beer vinaigrette
Beer Pairing ~ Hopus

Sole wrapped crayfish in a horseradish beer sauce with Flemish-style potatoes
Beer Pairing ~ Maredsous Blonde

Roasted Pork Tenderloin served with mashed potatoes and red cabbage
Beer Pairing ~ Delirium Nocturnum

Fine Apple Tart served with caramel ice cream
Beer Pairing ~ Lindemans Pomme

Seating is limited. To make a reservation, call (901) 722-2177.

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.

First look: The Dublin House in Midtown Memphis

February 28, 2011 By: mike Category: Favorite Bars, Memphis

The Dublin House, exterior, Memphis
A new Irish pub — The Dublin House — has opened in the former location of Melos Taverna in Midtown Memphis, just off Overton Square at 2021 Madison.

I visited The Dublin House on Saturday as part of the Bluff City Brewers 5K Pub Crawl and liked it so much that my friends and I ended our crawl there, stayed for a couple of beers, and didn’t make the last few stops.

The bar is still waiting for its on-premise beer permit, which is supposed to come through this Thursday.

For now, The Dublin House is selling “house offerings” of bottled high-alcohol beers, including Sierra Nevada Glissade, Abita Jockamo IPA, Mendocino White Hawk Select IPA, North Coast Acme Pale Ale, Sierra Nevada Torpedo and Victory Moonglow Weizenbock. Some of the high-alcohol offerings may stay on the menu, depending on demand.

The bartender told me she expects to have Guinness, Harp Lager, Smithwick’s and some domestics on tap, and possibly Boddingtons.

One downside for me is that smoking is allowed. But on my afternoon visit, it wasn’t too smoky.

For food, The Dublin House serves:

Appetizers ($6-$8)

Beef Sliders

Portobello Sliders

Parmesan Mozzarella Fried Cheese Shots

Hot Cheese Shots (Very tasty.)

Chicken Sliders

Sandwiches ($9)

Philly Cheese Steak

Open Faced Reuben

Specialties ($9-$12)

Dublin Style Fish n’ Chips

Beef and Guinness Rib Tips

Pork Shanks

Rotisserie Chicken Legs

Lamb Shank

More photos

The Dublin House, Memphis, bar/menu

The Dublin House, Memphis, inside

The Dublin House, Memphis, Guinness on the walls

The Dublin House, Memphis, pool room

The Dublin House, Memphis, inside

The Dublin House, Memphis, menu design