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Wiseacre’s ‘Men Not Machines’ honors 175th anniversary of The Commercial Appeal

April 20, 2016 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Wiseacre's Men Not Machines

For 175 years, The Commercial Appeal has covered the news, events and people of Memphis.

The reporters and editors who helped usher the newspaper through the Civil War, Yellow Fever and the Josh Pastner era would no doubt celebrate a hard day’s work with a cold beer.

To mark the newspaper’s anniversary, Memphis’ Wiseacre Brewing Co. has brewed a limited-edition commemorative beer, Men Not Machines, that will be released this week.

The beer — a maibock with popcorn added, or maizebock —  was named after a 1941 article about how “men, not machines make newspapers.”

The release party for the beer will be Friday at Wiseacre’s taproom, 2783 Broad, starting at 4 p.m. Attendance is free, and the first 100 people to buy the beer will receive a commemorative glass.

Growing the Ghost: More details on Ghost River’s expansion

May 02, 2011 By: mike Category: Beer Gear, Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Ghost River six-pack

The Commercial Appeal had a nice story over the weekend — “Growing the Ghost: Memphis craft brewery doubling production capacity” — that looks at the current expansion of Ghost River Brewing.

An excerpt:

Asked about the demand for Ghost River beer, Chuck Skypeck opened a walk-in cooler roughly the size of a U-Haul truck box. It was bright, cold and empty except for a handful of half-kegs lined in a corner. “This is what we have right now. I mean, this is it,” said Skypeck, owner of Ghost River Brewing. “Most of these are paid reservations for our dock sales this weekend. So, right now everything we can possibly make goes right out the door. We’re really working at capacity right now.” But not for long.

Read the full story here.

Also, be sure to check out FuzzyBrew’s story from February on the Ghost River expansion, as well as our 7-part series of video interviews with Skypeck.

Ghost River's Golden Ale

Memphis area ‘beer keeper’ has impressive bottle collection

March 04, 2011 By: mike Category: Beer in the news, Memphis, Oddities

The Beer Keeper: Ted Shuler

Photo credit: The Commercial Appeal

I think it’s pretty cool that retired businessman Ted Shuler, 80, has a collection of nearly 10,000 unique beer bottles, as told by The Commercial Appeal’s Lindsay Melvin.

But the fact that they are UNOPENED beer bottles … well, now that’s a little bizarre.

Very few people would take a bottle and not drink it,” said Shuler, who wanted to set himself apart from other collectors. In 1989, he was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s largest collection of its kind. At the time, it consisted of 1,827 bottles from 82 countries. He held that record for eight years until a collector from Germany knocked him out by about 100 bottles.

All that wasted beer!

Still, way cooler than a collection of thimbles. Or snowglobes . Or stamps.