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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…

Beers from Stone, Yazoo and Ghost River to be served at Brew Movement on Thursday

March 12, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Homebrew, Memphis

The brewery list is out for the 3rd annual Brew Movement, and the highlights include beers from Stone Brewing Co., Yazoo Brewing Co. and Ghost River Brewing.

The beer tasting event, which benefits the Mid South Chapter of the National MS Society, is Thursday, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., at the Chickasaw Oaks Village shopping center in East Memphis.

In addition to Stone, Yazoo and Ghost River, beers will be served from Boscos, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Red Brick Brewing, Saranac and Woodchuck. On the sweeter side, there will be Young’s Double Chocolate Stout and Lindemnan’s Framboise Raspberry Lambic for “chocolate truffles” and beer floats.

There will also be plenty of homebrew from the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs and the Memphis Brewer’s Association.

The Bluff City Brewers are bringing a Black Lager, Cask-conditioned Bitter, Irish Red, Irish Stout, Orange Dreamsicle and Prohibition Ale. The Brewer’s Association guys will bring an Altbier, American Brown (one batch with American Ale yeast and one with London ESB yeast), American Pale Ale, Rosemary Pale Ale, Piggy Porter (bacon porter) and a Scottish Ale.

The event will feature hors d’oeuvres from Just for Lunch and Ciao Bella. There will also be live music, door prizes and a silent auction.

Tickets, which cost $25, are still available online or in person at Midsouth Malts, 741 N. White Station.

To see photos and a recap of last year’s event from FuzzyBrew, go here

Brew Movement for MS poster

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.

Latest on Red Brick Brewing in Memphis (New beer will be here soon)

September 20, 2011 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Red Brick beers

We told you a few weeks ago that Red Brick Brewing Company, Georgia’s oldest craft brewery, had plans to distribute its beers in Memphis.

Well, word from Memphis craft beer distributor Southwestern Distributing is that the Atlanta-based Red Brick will hit the Memphis market as early as next week.

Red Brick’s four “core” brands – Blonde, Brown, Pale Ale and Porter – will all be for sale in Memphis, both in six-packs and kegs.

As Red Brick area sales manager Jason Topping told FuzzyBrew last month, Memphis is as far west as the company plans to expand for the time being.

“We like to stay true to our southern roots and keep our beer distribution to a manageable distance,” Topping said.