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Recap of ‘Adult Field Day’ at Sweet Grass Next Door with Yazoo Brewing Company

April 24, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events

On Sunday, Sweet Grass Next Door laid down some sod on its back parking lot and helped a bunch of adults relive their childhood.

“Adult Field Day” featured all your favorite grade school games, from a potato sack race to a three-legged race to an egg toss … but with beer.

And not just any beer. Yazoo Brewing Company’s Ivan Chester brought all the beer left over from the Memphis Brewfest to the Cooper-Young event, including Hop Project, Gerst and Hefeweizen. It was basically a Brewfest after-party, with burgers and hotdogs on the grill, live music and lots of fun and games.

There was even a FuzzyBrew team that took 1st place in the potato sack race! But our winning ways ended there.

Field Day - egg racersGrab a spoon and an egg, and it’s off to the races!

Field Day - egg raceRyan Trimm, co-owner and chef of Sweet Grass and event organizer, has a lead on the Whole Foods guy.

Field Day - beer pongJustin (in blue shirt) teams up with Ivan during a game of beer pong. Justin has some skills.

Field Day - cornholeWhat’s a beer-themed field day without cornhole?

Field Day - egg toss winnerThis guy just won the egg toss.

Field Day - eggThis egg was not so lucky.

Field Day - Yazoo washer toss gameYazoo has its own washer game, which is reportedly pretty tough to master.

Field Day - shadeThe teams take a break between games.

Field Day - refereeLooks like some serious discussions are afoot with the referee!

Field Day - Yazoo taps

Ahhh, beer…

Beer, wine to face off again in dinner at Sweet Grass in Memphis

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

"Beer vs. Wine" at Sweet GrassGrains and grapes will face off in another “Beer vs. Wine” dinner later this month in Memphis.

The dinner will be held June 21, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., at Sweet Grass in Cooper-Young. Cost is $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

The last dinner was held in February at the Brushmark Restaurant in the Brooks Museum of Art.

This time, chef Ryan Trimm at Sweet Grass will prepare a five-course dinner that will feature a beer and wine pairing with each course. At the end, attendees will decide which beverage they liked better.

Beer pairings will be presented by Certified Cicerone Michael Barzizza from Southwestern Distributing. Wines, meanwhile, will be presented by Trinchero Family Estate’s Sommelier Barry Wiss.

Here’s the menu:

Round 1: Pan-seared sea scallop, watermelon, Newman Farms Prosciutto, basil & balsamic reduction
Contenders ~ Le Merle Saison & Joel Gott Chardonnay

Round 2: Smoked Salmon Carpaccio, shaved fennel, capers, lemon horseradish vinaigrette & rye toast
Contenders ~ Chimay Tripel & SeaGlass Sauvignon Blanc

Round 3: Duck Confit Risotto, Mississippi Natural Shiitake Mushrooms, sorrel, Flora Farms Duck Egg & honey thyme reduction
Contenders ~ Stone Ruination IPA & Napa Cellars Pinot Noir

Round 4: Roasted Newman Farms Pork Belly, braised rabbit Hoppin’ John, peach gastrique & sweet potato haystack
Contenders ~ Maredsous 8 & Terra d’Oro Deaver Ranch Zinfandel

Round 5: Blackberry Turnover, lemon ice cream, blackberry syrup & candied lemon peels
Contenders ~ Samuel Smith Organic Strawberry Fruit Beer & a surprise wine from Bob Trinchero’s personal wine cellar.

For reservations, call Sweet Grass at (901) 278-0278. Organizers expect the event to sell out pretty fast.

Yazoo Pint Night – and a special cask – at Sweet Grass Next Door in Memphis

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

Jeff and I had a great time at Sweet Grass Next Door on Thursday for Yazoo Pint Night.

Brewmaster Ivan Chester from Nashville’s Yazoo Brewing Company brought a special cask of Yazoo Pale Ale, dry hopped with Columbus and Amarillo hops, which was really tasty.

Sweet Grass Next Door, in Cooper-Young at 937 S. Cooper, just opened about five weeks ago and is really worth checking out.  It’s a more casual bar next door to the upscale Sweet Grass eatery. We got a chance to talk to chef/co-owner Ryan Trimm, who’s planning more beer-related events in the weeks to come. Stay tuned.

Yazoo Pint Night caskThe cask of Yazoo Pale Ale

Yazoo Pint Night at Sweet Grass Next DoorA pint of Yazoo Pale Ale