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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.

Stephen Colbert tries Walgreens’ Big Flats beer

February 20, 2011 By: mike Category: Beer in the news, Video

Big Flats — the new cheap-as-hell beer at Walgreens from Genesee Brewing Co. — got a rather poor review here at FuzzyBrew last month.

Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert has now officially weighed in. We’ll give him the final word.

Their cheaper-than-gum beer is exactly what America needs in tough times. After all, given the health care crisis, no one can afford Walgreens prescriptions. But step one aisle over, and for $2.99 you can get a sixer of generic medication. Plus, unlike other pain killers, you can take it with alcohol.”

Watch the full video below, including Colbert’s official tasting of Big Flats. His reaction is priceless. (The segment comes in at the 2:16 mark.)

FuzzyBrew Review: Big Flats

January 14, 2011 By: mike Category: FuzzyBrew Review

Big Flats lager beerBrewery: Genesee Brewing Co.

Location: Rochester, N.Y.

Style: American Adjunct Lager

ABV: 4.5%

IBU: N/A

Fuzzy Rating: 2 of 5

It’s hard to miss the Big Flats beer at your neighborhood Walgreens.

Pallets of the cans are in the middle of the beverage aisle. The price — $3.49 for a six-pack — gets your attention quick.

But how does Big Flats, the relatively new house brand for the national drug store chain, taste?

Well, it tastes kind of like soap. Slightly bitter, effervescent soap.

The beer is pale yellow in color, with an aroma that’s grainy and somewhat skunky.

It’s “brewed from only the choicest hops,” according to the can, which is a laughable claim. There is little to no hop aroma or taste in the beer.

At a really cold temperature, it might go down fine. And at $3.49, it’s cheap, cheap, cheap. So I can’t discourage the drinking of this beer if you’re not concerned about its quality.

But you get what you pay for with the Big Flats.