February might be the shortest month of the year, but we've packed a lot into it.
For example, February gives you more days to visit our tap room, as we're opening up the back bar in the event room on Mondays and Thursdays. We'll be open Mondays 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursdays 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., giving you five days a week to drink Memphis Made beer at the source.
We'll also have several new beers available in February.
Slumber Party Imperial Stout, our first high-gravity release, is in the tap room and a handful of accounts around town. We'll have a few release parties, including Corks Germantown on Feb. 3 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Madison Avenue Growler Shop on Feb. 3 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.; RP Tracks Feb. 3 from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.; and Doc's Wine, Spirits & More on Feb. 10 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Denali Dream, a dry-hopped Kolsch, will also be making its debut in February. Keep an eye out for it and other limited-release beers in the tap room and around town.
In the interest of higher beer education, Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs will be holding a beer judge training session on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It's part of their annual home brew judging extravaganza. We're hosting judging sessions on Feb. 9, 11 and 16 in our event room.
If you've been to the tap room lately, you probably noticed a bank of pinball machines near the York Avenue entrance. While it's only 50 cents to play, you can get an even better deal on Sundays. Bluff City Pinball will be at the tap room for $7 Sundays where you can play all you want for $7 on Sundays 4-7 p.m.
We're also hosting the Tilted Hearts Pinball Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.. This is a IFPA-sanctioned event with a $10 entry fee. MemPops will be on hand to give you the sugar rush you need to get that high score while Lucky Cat Ramen will be in the event room to get you the carbs you need. It's all about balance, people.
On Thursday, Feb. 23, the Comma Comedians will be lighting up the tap room for Drafts & Laughs from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The tap room will be open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., but there will be a $2 admission during the hours of the show.
The 3rd Annual Half Pints for Half Pints will be Saturday, Feb. 25 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $85 for couples and $50 for singles, with all of the proceeds going to the Peabody Elementary School. This will feature a silent auction and music from Goner Records as well as food from Sweet Grass, Celtic Crossing, Central BBQ, Mulan, and Aldo's Pizza Pies. Tickets can be found online at www.halfpints.org
On Saturday, Feb. 26, help us celebrate Johnny Cash's birthday while we work towards raising money for a statue to celebrate the Man in Black.
Jack O and the Shieks will be playing the tap room 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and we'll be donating a percentage of our sales that day towards Legacy Memphis' Johnny Cash Statue Project. There will be a suggested donation at the door to help raise money for a statue at the old Galloway Methodist Church in Cooper-Young, where Cash and the Tennessee Two played their first gig in 1954. There's more donation info here: https://www.ioby.org/project/johnnycash2016
That same day, Birmingham Sushi Class is holding a sushi-rolling class in the event from from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. There's even talk of a Johnny Cash-themed sushi roll.
That's all we've got for this month, but we feel that's a whole lot. That said, we're expecting even more going on next month, so stay tuned.