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Ghost River Brewing’s Black Magic seasonal beer has been conjured up again

February 17, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Ghost River Brewing's Black Magic

One of my seasonal favorite beers from Memphis’ Ghost River Brewing is back.

Black Magic (O.G. 1058, I.B.U. 30), a toasty but smooth dark beer, is for sale again through April at select local restaurants and bars that sell Ghost River beer. It’s also available in kegs and growlers from Ghost River’s dock.

Here’s the description of Black Magic from Ghost River:

Black Magic has a pronounced toasted malt flavor that creates a smooth roasted flavor without the bite found in a typical stout or porter. The end result is a dark  beer with great flavor and drinkability.”

FuzzyBrew Review: Odell IPA

August 31, 2010 By: grant Category: Craft beer, FuzzyBrew Review, Travelin'

Odell IPA

Brewery: Odell Brewing

Location: Fort Collins, CO

Style: American IPA

ABV: 7%

IBU: 60

Fuzzy Rating: 5 of 5

Yeah I know. Of the four FuzzyBrew reviews so far, three have been IPAs. And look at that tag list down there to the left. IPA in great big letters. We appreciate many brews, but damn, we love a good IPA. I mean, if there’s one thing we’re good at (and it’s probably just the one thing), it’s appreciating a fine India Pale Ale.

Five out of five? “Amateur,” you think to yourself, “he’s only sucker for a good hop bomb.” Well, yeah I guess. I’m no Cicerone, but this one is fantastic. No effing joke. I was recently in Colorado on vacation, where I learned that you don’t just wander down Denver’s 16th Street Mall at 10 am on a weekday in search of skunky suds. You formulate a plan and get a leg up on the day:

  1. Bring a friend. Good brew should be shared. Tell him we’ll just have one.
  2. Put food in stomach. Jimmie Johns I salute you.
  3. Get to ye ole Irish Pub early. It opens at 11 am.
  4. Convince friend he should drink at least three before his four-hour tour of Red Rocks in the hot desert sun.
  5. Wake wife up from nap and go to another bar, where she can order lunch. You’ll order something other than Odell IPA, regret it and switch back.
  6. Enjoy that buzz, bro.

It’s got some serious hops, both in taste and aroma, but has exactly the right amount of bitterness to make you want to order a second well before your first is finished. Odell doesn’t say what they’ve got in there exactly, but there’s a thread on HomeBrewTalk that takes a stab at it.

The only negative thing I can say is that, as far as I know, I can’t get it here in Memphis, unlike brews made by its neighbor New Belgium. Which reminds me: While I was ranting and raving to some buddies about this beer, someone told me some of the folks at New Belgium actually got started at Odell. True or not, it makes sense, since I’ve yet to meet a New Belgium I actually dislike. I really, really wish Mighty Arrow wasn’t just a seasonal.

So, somebody puh-leaze ship me some of this goodness, and I’ll return the favor, with a growler of something from Boscos or Ghost River. E-mail me and I’ll send you my address.

Ghost River announces two fall seasonals

August 27, 2010 By: jeff Category: Breweries, Memphis

A wise alcoholic I know always preaches “drink with the seasons.” Light and refreshing in the spring and summer.  Darker and bolder in the fall and winter months.

And right on queue Ghost River Brewing announces the mid-September release of two fall seasonals.

Black Magic – a dark, malty, smooth drinking brew.

Octoberfest – an amber-orange, malty beer brewed with German malts and hops.

Cheers to cooler temperatures and new local beers.