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High-gravity beers from Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing arriving soon in Memphis

December 07, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Memphis

New Belgium logoIf you live in Memphis and like beers from Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing Co., you soon won’t need to trek to the Walgreens in West Memphis, Ark., to buy New Belgium’s higher-alcohol beers.

The Fort Collins craft brewer’s Ranger IPA, Abbey and Trippel, as well as the Lips of Faith series and seasonal Frambozen, are slated to hit the Memphis market next week in bottles and on draft, according to distributor Budweiser of Memphis.

Many liquor stores that sell high-gravity beers will have the New Belgium line-up, as well as bars and restaurants with a good selection of craft beer, including The Flying Saucer, Young Avenue Deli, Local Gastropub, Alchemy, Sweet Grass, Aldo’s Pizza Pies, Mellow Mushroom, Hog & Hominy and others.

Budweiser of Memphis has recently opened up a new company called West Tennessee Beverage to service liquor stores and bars and restaurants with high-alcohol licenses. Budweiser of Memphis has also recently taken over the craft beer portfolio of Southwestern Distributing as part of the sale of Southwestern’s beer business to the Hand Family Companies.

What’s your favorite New Belgium beer? Leave a comment below.

Beer, wine to face off again in dinner at Sweet Grass in Memphis

June 07, 2011 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis

"Beer vs. Wine" at Sweet GrassGrains and grapes will face off in another “Beer vs. Wine” dinner later this month in Memphis.

The dinner will be held June 21, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., at Sweet Grass in Cooper-Young. Cost is $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

The last dinner was held in February at the Brushmark Restaurant in the Brooks Museum of Art.

This time, chef Ryan Trimm at Sweet Grass will prepare a five-course dinner that will feature a beer and wine pairing with each course. At the end, attendees will decide which beverage they liked better.

Beer pairings will be presented by Certified Cicerone Michael Barzizza from Southwestern Distributing. Wines, meanwhile, will be presented by Trinchero Family Estate’s Sommelier Barry Wiss.

Here’s the menu:

Round 1: Pan-seared sea scallop, watermelon, Newman Farms Prosciutto, basil & balsamic reduction
Contenders ~ Le Merle Saison & Joel Gott Chardonnay

Round 2: Smoked Salmon Carpaccio, shaved fennel, capers, lemon horseradish vinaigrette & rye toast
Contenders ~ Chimay Tripel & SeaGlass Sauvignon Blanc

Round 3: Duck Confit Risotto, Mississippi Natural Shiitake Mushrooms, sorrel, Flora Farms Duck Egg & honey thyme reduction
Contenders ~ Stone Ruination IPA & Napa Cellars Pinot Noir

Round 4: Roasted Newman Farms Pork Belly, braised rabbit Hoppin’ John, peach gastrique & sweet potato haystack
Contenders ~ Maredsous 8 & Terra d’Oro Deaver Ranch Zinfandel

Round 5: Blackberry Turnover, lemon ice cream, blackberry syrup & candied lemon peels
Contenders ~ Samuel Smith Organic Strawberry Fruit Beer & a surprise wine from Bob Trinchero’s personal wine cellar.

For reservations, call Sweet Grass at (901) 278-0278. Organizers expect the event to sell out pretty fast.

Cask of dry-hopped Yazoo Pale to be tapped tonight at Sweet Grass Next Door

June 02, 2011 By: mike Category: Breweries, Events, Memphis

Sweet Grass logoA special cask of Yazoo Pale Ale, dry hopped with Columbus and Amarillo hops, will be tapped tonight at Sweet Grass Next Door in Memphis’ Cooper-Young neighborhood.

The Yazoo pint night, which runs from 7-9 p.m., will feature special food pairings, as well, according to Ivan Chester, brewmaster from Nashville’s Yazoo Brewing Company.

Later, from 9-11 p.m., there will be live music featuring Scott “Dugan” Grimes.

Sweet Grass Next Door is located at 937 S. Cooper.