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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.

FuzzyBrew Review: Southern Tier Imperial Pumking

October 06, 2010 By: grant Category: FuzzyBrew Review

Southern Tier Imperial Pumking


Brewery: Southern Tier Brewing

Location: Lakewood, New York

Style: Imperial pumpkin ale

ABV: 9%

IBU: n/a

Fuzzy Rating: 1 out of 5

I had the chance to sample this unusual beer at our friend Lisbeth’s house last night. Her folks Chip and Roz brought a bunch of excellent brews down from New York.

This was not one of the excellent ones. To be fair, I’ll admit I was in the minority in this opinion, as my wife, Carrie, and Roz both liked it.

The rough recipe is 2-row pale malt, caramel malt, pureed pumpkin and magnum and sterling hops.

It had a nice aroma, kind of sweet, like fresh from the farmers’ market white corn. But drinking it actually gave me shivers, and not in that good way. We split this 22oz bottle between us and I was unable to finish my share. Pumpkin pie in a bottle this is not, unfortunately.

Skip this one.