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Flying Saucer in Memphis, Cordova to tap Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic on Wednesday

December 10, 2012 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Flying SaucerStone Brewing Company’s Vertical Epic series is coming to an end this month after a decade of unique brews, and the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium will be tapping kegs of the Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale this Wednesday at noon.

Here are the details from the Flying Saucer:

The time has come for the final chapter of the decade-long Vertical Epic series by Stone Brewing Company, and Flying Saucer in Downtown Memphis and Cordova will tap kegs of Stone Vertical Epic Ale 12-12-12 on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 12 noon. Vertical Epic 12-12-12 is the last of the special series of ales designed to be aged exactly one month, one day and one year later than the previous edition – a series that started on Feb. 2, 2002, with Stone Vertical Epic Ale 02-02-02. Flying Saucer will also tap a keg of Stone Vertical Epic Ale 11-11-11 from the Saucer cellar. Included in the night is a toast of Unibroue La Fin Du Monde in observance of the Mayan calendar’s prediction of the end of the world in December 2012.

Recap of the Memphis Brewfest Winter Warmer

January 17, 2011 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Memphis Brewfest Winter Warmer

The Memphis Brewfest Winter Warmer at Central Station in Downtown.

Memphis Brewfest‘s Winter Warmer beer tasting event Saturday drew a sold-out crowd of 800 beer lovers, who sampled hard-to-find craft beers and offerings from local homebrewers.

Beers brewed in the “winter warmer” style have a generally low hop bitterness and a “big malt presence, both in flavor and body,” according to Beer Advocate,  and “alcohol warmth is not uncommon.” So the festival featured a lot of full-bodied, strong winter seasonal beers and fewer IPAs, wheat beers and lagers.

Most of the beers served at the Winter Warmer are not readily available on shelves in the Memphis area, so it was a great opportunity to taste new things.

I counted more than 80 beers that were available for sampling, and tried 37 of them over a span of about three hours. At just 1-ounce, the sampling glasses were small, but helped since many of the offerings were high-alcohol brews.

Winter Warmer

A "beer volunteer" pours a sample at the Memphis Brewfest Winter Warmer.

The event was held at the historic Central Station in Downtown Memphis (constructed in 1914), which provided a nice, art deco-style backdrop. At times, the place seemed cramped, with 800 festival-goers plus volunteers and organizers competing for space, and it could be hard to see where the beer lines started. More tables and chairs away from the action would also have been nice.

Entertainment was provided by Susie & Bob Salley and the Memphis Raqs Bellydancers, though I was too busy sampling beers to really pay attention.

Some rare beers were auctioned off, including cases of SweetWater’s 420 Extra Pale Ale, Unibroe La Fin du Monde and Trappist Westvleteren 12. A case of Russian River Brewing Company‘s Pliney the Elder went for $185. Net proceeds benefited Cure Duchenne.

Big props to the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs, local homebrewers who served beers that included an oatmeal stout, coffee stout and a raspberry ESB. Their beers were great, and they went fast.

Sampling at the Winter Warmer

Lots of beer was poured at the Memphis Brewfest Winter Warmer.

Coming this week: FuzzyBrew goes all mythbusters on a famous beer quote, and the FuzzyBrew guys pick their favorite beers from the Winter Warmer.