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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.

Ciao Bella in East Memphis to host beer dinner with Schlafly co-founder Dan Kopman on July 1

June 24, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Schlafly Beer logoDan Kopman, co-founder of St. Louis’ Schlafly Beer, will be in Memphis next week for a four-course craft beer dinner at Ciao Bella.

The beer dinner is Monday, July 1, starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person. Call 901-205-2500 to make reservations. Ciao Bella is located at 565 Erin Drive in East Memphis.

Here’s the menu for the event:



Diver Scallop & Toasted Sunflower Crudo

Thinly sliced scallops with hints of citrus and ginger


Belgian Golden

Pesto Gnocchi

Spinach walnut pesto with potato dumpling tossed with spicy copa ham and arugula


Export IPA

Diablo tuna

Spicy yellow fin served with blue crab and carrot



Jerked Applewood Smoked Bacon Cream Brulee

Harbor Town Beer and Food Festival on Saturday to feature beer, food pairings

October 19, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

The first annual Harbortown Beer and Food Festival takes place Saturday, featuring over 60 different beers for sampling.

The event is from 2 to 6 p.m., with beers poured from about 18 craft breweries from across the country, including regional breweries such as Ghost River Brewing, Yazoo Brewing Company, Schlafly Beer, Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company and Blackstone Brewery. Each brewery will have food paired with its beers.

The event will be on Mud Island in Harbor Town in front of Movie & Pizza Company, 110 Harbor Town Square. An after-party featuring music from Charvey McLemore takes place from 7 to 9 p.m.

Presale tickets are $33, with tickets costing $38 on Saturday. Three bucks from every ticket sold will benefit the Mid-South Food Bank. Get tickets on http://www.brownpapertickets.com/.

Any questions? Call the Movie & Pizza Company at 527-2233.

Schlafly’s James Ottolini wins Brewers Association award for innovation

May 04, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer

James Ottolini - SchlaflyJames Ottolini, brewmaster at The Saint Louis Brewery Inc. and Head of Brewing Operations at Schlafly Beer since 1992, won an achievement award for innovation in brewing this week from the Brewers Association.

Ottolini won the prestigious Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Craft Brewing, awarded at the Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego.

Here’s more from the Brewers Association press release:

Described by a fellow brewer as an artist, a scientist and an inventor, James Ottolini of the St. Louis Brewery, Inc. is the recipient of the 2012 Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Craft Brewing. The list of his creative brewing solutions ranges from redesigned milling processes to reduce brewers’ exposure to dust to extensive research on dry-hopping, which has been said to result in “beer with bold floral characteristics, but a soft, inviting quaffability.”

Others winners were Doug and Wynne Odell and Doug’s sister, Corkie Odell, of Odell Brewing Co., recipients of the Brewers Association Recognition Award; and Tom McCormick, full-time executive director of the California Craft Brewers Association, who won the F.X. Matt Defense of the Industry Award recipient.

The Brewers Association is a trade association representing small and independent brewers.