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Memphis beer events: Wiseacre and High Cotton Oktoberfest celebrations, plus Bacon & Beer Fest

September 25, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

With the change of the seasons, Oktoberfest celebrations are upon us. Here are some Memphis beer celebrations over the next two weeks:

Wiseacre OktoberfestWiseacre Brewing Co.’s Oktoberfest is Saturday, Sept. 27, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the brewery, 2783 Broad Ave. The second-annual event features the Mighty Souls Brass Band playing polka music, $1 off beers for wearing German garb, plus $5 stein glass fills.

Andy & Michael from Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen and Hog and Hominy will be on site making some good eats, including sausage. Be Sweet Bakery will also be on hand with German-inspired desserts.

Wiseacre will have the final kegs of their German-style beers,  Dr. Gibbler Smoked Helles, Uncle Puppy Hefeweizen, Schweinhelmüt Berliner Weisse, Young Turk Pale Bock to go alongside the shining star of the day, Wiseacre’s Oktoberfest. There is no cover charge.


Oktoberfest MemphisHigh Cotton Brewing’s Oktoberfest Memphis is Saturday, October 4, from noon to 7 p.m. at the brewery, 598 Monroe Ave. The first-annual event will have something for everybody — circus performers, polka music, games for the kids, oh, and all the beer you want.

For $40, your “ticket to Bavaria” includes open taps all day, locally made bratwurst and other German fare, the first taste of High Cotton’s new Oktoberfest Lager, an exclusive beer selection not available in Memphis, plus fun and games for the entire family. Kids under 12 get in for free.

There’s also a VIP option for $75 that includes the following extras: all-you-can eat German-style buffet, locally raised whole pig roast, Oktoberfest t-shirt, expanded beer selection and a commemorative glass beer stein. You can buy tickets here. A portion of all proceeds go to Grow Memphis.


Drake & Zeke's Bacon and Beer FestivalDrake & Zeke’s Bacon and Beer Festival is Sunday, October 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Minglewood Hall parking lot, 1555 Madison Ave. The event, presented by 98.1 The Max, features beer and teams competing in a bacon cooking competition to win over $1,000 in cash prizes.

There will also a kids play area and music from Rosco Bandana, 2 Mule Plow, Will Tucker and Charvey. Admission is $7. Volunteers from the Ronald McDonald House will also be on site accepting donations.

More information about the event can be found here.


In 2012, Ghost River Brewing hopes to expand bottling to seasonal beers

January 02, 2012 By: mike Category: Beer in the news, Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Ghost River six-pack

The end of 2011 marked the start of production for Ghost River Brewing’s new bottling line. Six-packs of Ghost River’s Golden Ale can now be found across the Mid-South. For now, the Golden Ale is the only beer being bottled by the Memphis craft brewery.

That may change in 2012.

In an interview with The Commercial Appeal’s Lindsay Melvin published last week, Ghost River founding partner Chuck Skypeck said the next phase for the bottling line is being planned.

And it involves the brewery’s seasonal beers.

I’m shooting for a seasonal beer rotation. Probably 1887 IPA in the winter, Black Magic (dark beer) in the spring, Octoberfest in the fall and then the Witbier (Belgian-style wheat beer) in the summer,” Skypeck told the newspaper. [source]

So when might this happen? Possibly this summer, says Skypeck.

Skypeck told FuzzyBrew by e-mail that Ghost River is already selling 100% of its increased capacity in beer from the brewery’s major expansion in 2011.

So to bottle seasonals, we have to add more capacity. Yet another project,” Skypeck wrote. “It all depends on how long it takes to fabricate new tanks and get them installed and commissioned.”

Stayed tuned for more details as we hear about them.

So what’s your favorite Ghost River seasonal beer? Leave a comment below.

Louisiana Gulf Oyster Dinner with Ghost River this Friday

September 27, 2011 By: grant Category: Events, Memphis

Gold Band Oyster DinnerIf you like oysters and beer (and who doesn’t), you should think about going to The Grove Grill‘s Louisiana Gulf Oyster Dinner on Friday. Four courses of Gold Band Oysters will be paired with four different Ghost River brews, including its standby golden and pale ale and seasonal  Oktoberfest  and Black Magic. Sounds tasty. It’s $48.

Only limited seating is available, so call 901-818-9951 for reservations. The Grove Grill is on Poplar near the Oak Court Mall in East Memphis.

FuzzyBrew had a helluva showing at the 2011 Bluff City Brewers Extravaganza

February 23, 2011 By: grant Category: Competition, Events, Homebrew, Memphis

Medals -- 2011 Bluff City Brewers Extravaganza

Congrats to all the participants and winners in the 2011 Bluff City Brewers Extravaganza homebrew competition! And big ups to everyone who made it happen.

Oh, and it’s braggin’ time. Each FuzzyBrewer brought home a medal!

Jeff placed second in the Porter category for a quite tasty Robust Porter, which, according to the column on the right there, he’s got on tap. Party at Jeff’s?

Mike, who earlier won second place in Chattanooga’s 2010 Fugetaboutit homebrew competition for his Northern English Brown Ale, won third place in the European Amber Lager category for his Oktoberfest.

Award winnerAnd I won second in the Fruit Beer category for my Magic Hat #9 clone, based mostly on this recipe. Mike took a funny video of me testing the gravity after fermentation a few weeks ago.

Check out the full results here. To see photos from the judging, go here.