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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

Saranac’s “12 Beers A Falling” arrives in Memphis

November 11, 2011 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Saranac's 12 Beers A FallingMemphis craft beer distributor Southwestern Distributing is now carrying Saranac’s “12 Beers a Falling,” a 12-pack of six different beers from the New York brewery.

The package includes:
Saranac Irish Red Ale
Saranac India Pale Ale
Saranac Black Forest
Saranac Pumpkin Ale
Saranac Octoberfest
Saranac Caramel Porter

The Pumpkin Ale, Octoberfest, Irish Red Ale and Caramel Porter are among Saranac’s seasonal offerings. Since they’re all low-ABV beers, the 12-pack will be available in Memphis-area grocery stores.

More details on all the beers in the videos below.

A Zoo Brew review (by guest blogger Diana)

September 09, 2010 By: mike Category: Events

Sadly, the boys of FuzzyBrew did not make it to Zoo Brew at the Memphis Zoo this past weekend. But as luck had it, our friend Diana, who blogs over at Eating Local in Memphis, scored some tickets and agreed to share her thoughts about the event. She has some great insights on Zoo Brew and the many beers she sampled.

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Last Friday, Mark and I went to ZooBrew, a semiannual fundraiser at the Memphis Zoo.  It was sold out, but it didn’t feel completely packed.  After the initial logjam at the table to get your plastic cup, the event was nicely spread out around the front parts of the zoo.  Winding our way up and down the paths gave us a chance to mingle and to walk off some of the beer.

We went without much of a plan beyond “Let’s try things we’ve never had before.”  Since the ‘brew featured over 100 different beers, many of which we hadn’t tried, this turned out to be a bad plan.  Enter Nate, husband of a good friend, home brewer extraordinare, and beer festival spirit guide.  After asking us what we like to drink, he turned out amazing recommendation after amazing recommendation.

Between the two of us we sampled 28 different beers, from Abita to Xingu.  There’s no way we could talk about all of them (literally—my notes from that night are virtually incomprehensible), so I’ll run down the unexpectedly solid, the wonderfully weird, and the offensively wrong.

I started out with a Hitachino Nest Sweet Stout from Japan.  It was super smooth and had a finish that tasted like coffee whipped into fresh cream.  Mark finally found his groove with Stone’s Arrogant Bastard Ale, which he praised extensively until we tripped onto the Dogfish Head table and Nate recommended the Indian Brown Ale. We both liked that one for its fantastic balance of hoppiness and warm roasty malted flavors.  My pick at Stone was the Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale, which the guys behind the booth described as “very heavy” but tasted basically like a grapefruit bomb.  Which was totally okay with me; I don’t mind a little hop explosion every now and then.

Sadly, we skipped the Unibroue table (I love love La Fin du Monde), but the nice surprises at Sierra NevadaVictory and Abita (almost) made up for it.  As the FuzzyBrew guys have noted, Sierra Nevada is rolling out Tumbler, which we liked for its solid drinkability.  I’ll have two, please.  Oh, wait, we did (we came back to it).

Victory was new to me, as I am apparently the last to board the Hop Devil train.  I tried a Prima Pils here, which had a super refreshing citrus taste without all the aggressive hops of an IPA.  Palate cleared, check.  Not so for Mark — he went to a Baltic Thunder porter.  The notes I have indicate only that it was “v. good,” but trust me, he was making yummm sounds as he drank it.  Finally, I had no idea Abita made beers other than the standbys AmberTurbo Dog and the like.  So wrong!  They made a very excellent IPA called Jockamo, for which I have no notes but highly recommend you drink.

Now, the weird.  So basically, this is the entire Dogfish Head table, sans the Indian Brown Ale.  I am totally down for what Sam Calagione, the founder of the brewery, is trying to do: resurrect forgotten brewing methods and combinations and basically show us that the things we’d never think would make good beer actually do.  The problem, I think, is that it sometimes gets a little unapproachable.  Like, take the Midas Touch, a supposedly 2700-year-old recipe.  It tastes like honey and mead and is great one ounce at a time.  I’d never sit down and drink a whole bottle.  I’d pour the bottle into one-ounce cups for dinner guests so we could all try this crazy drink without going into a diabetic coma.  The Palo Santo Marron was interesting, too.  At 12% alcohol, it was a wood-fermented beer that the guys behind the table doled out in tiny splashes, saying “You like it, I’ll give you more.”  One of my friends described it as “rough.”  Maybe rough around the edges, certainly nothing a year of letting it age in the bottle couldn’t cure, our spirit guide assured us.  And he should know, because he’s done it.  Finally, I can’t say enough nice things about the Raison D’Etre, brewed with sugar beets and raisins.  With enough maltiness to balance the winey undertones, it was one we both liked.  It was a great example of weird done right.

Now, the ugly. Saranac‘s table was kind of a bust — its Black Forest reminded us of cottage cheese.  I don’t like fruit in my beer, so the strawberry flavors of Flying Dog Garde Dog (a biere de garde, which I always like at Boscos when it’s a seasonal) put me off my cracker.  And why were we even surprised when Kasteel‘s Rouge fruit beer tasted exactly like Robitussin?

It was a hugely fun night and one I’d love to do again.  We never even got to the England, Germany or the Belgian tables.  We definitely learned a little bit (thanks to Nate), and already I don’t feel paralyzed with indecision when I stand in front of the beer selection at Joe’s.