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4th annual River City Brewers Festival is Saturday in Germantown

October 31, 2013 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis

The River City Brewers Festival is moving out east and will be a smaller affair for the fourth annual event this weekend.

The beer tasting event, which benefits the Harwood Center, is being held Saturday at the Mesquite Chop House, 3165 Forest Hill Irene in Germantown, from noon to 4 p.m.

There will be samples of over 30 craft beers and music from Devil Train. Advanced tickets are $30 and can be purchased online.

I don’t have many more details to share. The event’s previous website, rivercitybrewersfestival.com, hasn’t been updated with information about this year’s event. There’s a more current Facebook event page, but not much information is posted.

The River City Brewers Festival was last held in March of 2012 at Beale Street’s Handy Park, which was a great venue for a beer festival. There were over 100 different beers poured, including craft beers and homebrew, over two tasting sessions, so it was a much bigger deal.

If anyone has more info about this year’s event, please share it below in the comments.

River City Brewers Festival

New Belgium’s Shift Pale Lager arrives in Memphis

April 03, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

New Belgium - ShiftThe newest year-round beer from New Belgium, Shift Pale Lager, has landed in Memphis.

The beer made its Bluff City debut Saturday at the River City Brewers Festival and went on sale to the general public Monday. It’s being distributed locally by Budweiser of Memphis. (Check Kroger and Mapco locations for it, as well as your favorite local pub.)

The beer is 5% alcohol by volume and brewed with “the newly developed Nelson Sauvin hop, which brings forth elements of citrus and soft fruit alongside specialty malts and lager yeast,” according to New Belgium.

My take is it’s a crisp, easy-to-drink, hoppy lager, which I definitely would buy.

As for the name, Shift “evokes New Belgium’s tradition of sharing a shift beer at the end of the day to celebrate a job well done.” The Shift can logo has a silver bicycle chain and gears on it.

Shift will be available in 16-ounce cans only and sold in four-pack cartons that are 100 percent recycled content.

It’s the first new beer to come off New Belgium’s recently expanded canning line, which is also producing cans of Fat Tire and Ranger IPA.

Beers on Beale: Recap of the 2012 River City Brewers Festival in Memphis

April 02, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Homebrew, Memphis

River City - sample glassCraft beer fans converged on Handy Park off Beale Street in Downtown Memphis on Saturday for the 3rd annual River City Brewers Festival.

More than 100 different beers were served, from craft beers to homebrews provided by the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs. There were also plenty of free food samples, from chicken wings to steaks to pork sliders.

Unlike last year’s festival, which was soaked by rain, Mother Nature cooperated, delivering a perfect 85-degree sunny day.

There were two tasting sessions — Session A from noon to 4 p.m., followed by Session B from 6 to 10 p.m. Festival attendees received a commemorative 5-ounce tasting glass and could sample as many beers as they liked.

Some of my favorites were New Belgium’s Shift Lager, Red Brick’s Old Stock Ale, O’Fallon’s Hemp Hop Rye and Widmer Brothers’ Pitch Black IPA.

River City - Handy ParkThe sun was on full blast during Session A.

River City - Justin taps the GerstJustin tapped the first keg of Yazoo Brewing Company’s Gerst Amber Ale in Memphis.

River City - GerstGerst beer, created by William Gerst in 1893, has been recreated by Yazoo.

River City - BoscosBoscos Squared’s brewer Adam served up Memphis-brewed craft beer.

River City - Red BrickAtlanta’s Red Brick Brewing, which has been distributing in Memphis for about a year, served its fantastic Stock Ale in addition a Blonde and Brown.

River City - Laughing SkullLaughing Skull Amber Ale, another excellent offering from Red Brick, was served.

River City - Patrick Todd BandThe Patrick Dodd Band provided the soundtrack for the day.

River-City- PBR toasterJust what everyone needs: a PBR toaster.

River City - New BelgiumA hoppy highlight was New Belgium’s Shift Lager, which made its Memphis debut.

River City - Lazy MagnoliaLazy Magnolia brought a keg of its new Southern Hops’pitality IPA, as well as the Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale, Deep South Pale Ale and Jefferson Stout.

River City - Cornhole!And, of course, there was cornhole!

If we brewed beer for Sam Adams, we’d look like this

April 01, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Events, Funny, Memphis

We had a blast Saturday at the 3rd annual River City Brewers Festival. Check out our recap on FuzzyBrew tomorrow with lots of photos.

Meantime, he’s what we’d look like if we were brewers for Samuel Adams.

Sam Adams - GrantGrant

Sam Adams - JeffJeff

Sam Adams - MikeMike