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A.S. Barboro launching distribution of higher-alcohol beers in Memphis area

July 29, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Memphis

A.S. Barbaro Beer distributor A.S. Barboro has received its license to distribute high-gravity beers in the Memphis area and is starting to roll out stronger beers to local bars and restaurants.

High-alcohol beers from Schlafly, Samuel Adams, Lazy Magnolia and Southern Tier — all part of A.S. Barboro’s beer portfolio — will soon be available in Memphis.

The distributor sold its first kegs of higher-alcohol Schlafly beers last week — 10 kegs of Schlafly American IPA went to the Flyer Saucer. Other beers are being ordered and will be available as soon as the trucks deliver, said A.S. Barboro’s Ashley Crawford.

For now, the distributor will only be selling to bars and restaurants as it ramps up its high-gravity operations under the banner of a new company called Omni Beverage, she said. But high-alcohol beers will soon be coming to liquor store shelves, possibly by the end of August.

Everything should be fully ramped-up by the time fall seasonals arrive, such as Southern Tier’s Pumking.

High-alcohol beers in Tennessee are defined as those with alcoholic content greater than 5% by weight, or about 6.25% by volume.

A.S.Barboro joins Budweiser of Memphis as a distributor of high-gravity beers in the Memphis area. Budweiser’s portfolio includes Stone Brewing Co., Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Rogue Ales, Yazoo Brewing Co., among others.

Celtic Crossing in Cooper-Young to host its annual Irish Beer Dinner on March 14

March 08, 2013 By: mike Category: Events, Memphis

March 14 is turning out to be a busy night for beer events in Memphis.

The 4th annual Brew Movement Against Multiple Sclerosis, featuring craft beer, homebrew, food, live music and a silent auction, is March 14 at the Pink Palace Museum.

And at Napa Cafe in East Memphis, there’s the 4th installment of The Chocistry Experience by award-winning chocolatier, Phillip Ashley Rix, which will pair chocolate with beers from Ghost River Brewing.

Finally, for those looking to fill up on beer and hearty Irish fare, there’s the annual Irish Beer Dinner at Celtic Crossing benefiting the Cooper-Young Community Association and its beautification efforts. Here’s more information from the Facebook event page:

It’s that time of year again! Kick off the St. Patrick’s Day celebration with our annual Sam Adams Beer dinner. This year, proceeds will be going towards the Cooper Young Community Associations beautification efforts. Tickets are $50 per person or $90 per couple and get you a delicious 4 course meal paired with Sam Adams beer. We’ll also have great entertainment and fun gifts from Sam Adams.”

Celtic Crossing Irish Beer Dinner

Buy tickets now for Brewers Helping Neighbors in Boston

January 19, 2012 By: grant Category: Events, Travelin'

If you’re in the Boston area on Feb. 2, register for the Brewers Helping Neighbors 2012 beer tasting event.

Beer tastings will be provided by New England breweries, including Blue Hills Brewery, Clown Shoes Beer, Harpoon Brewing Company, Mayflower Brewery, Mercury Brewing Company, and Sam Adams Brewing Company. Food will be provided by local Boston restaurants, Clerys, Darryl’s
Bar & Grill
, Not Your Average Joe’s, and New York Pizza.

The event supports the United South End Settlements, which provides services and programs to South End residents.

The event costs $40 ($5 less if you’re one of the first 100 to buy tickets) and will be from 6:30 – 9:30 pm Feb. 2  at the Harriet Tubman House in Boston. Find the organizers on Facebook.

More info here and here.

Happy Independence Day from FuzzyBrew!

July 04, 2011 By: mike Category: History of beer

Fourth of July beer

Drink a craft beer or homebrew on this July 4 and toast to Independence Day!

I’m sure they drank a few when the colonies separated from Great Britain, right? Samuel Adams was there, at least…

(Image via draftmag.com)