Thoughts and ramblings from the minds behind Memphis Made Brewing.
September is the start of the festival season in the beer world. While the Germans are firing up Oktoberfest parties, we're working on our own thing. That includes lots of new beers, live music and more.
We're kicking the month off with a new canned beer: Gonerfest 14 Session IPA.
The Goner Records guys themselves are going to help unveil it, spinning records 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8.
That doesn't mark the end of new beers in September, however.
The Cooper Young Community Association is putting on the Cooper Young Festival Friday 4-Miler on Sept. 15 and we'll be there with the beer. This will mark the return of Mile 5, a cream ale meant
to refresh after a short jaunt through our neighborhood. Or if you're just standing around. Whichever. It's cool with us either way. It'll be available for the runners after the race and in our
The Cooper York Festival follows on Saturday morning with our doors opening at 9 a.m. We have a full day of music, beer, vendors, and food trucks in our parking lot.
Petty Gene starts the music at 11:30, followed by the Limes and Mark Edgar Stuart. Jack Oblivian and the Sheiks start at 5 p.m. and keep it going until we close at 7 p.m.
We'll have various vendors on site as well as food by Arepa 901, Hot and Heavy Dogs, MemPops, and Sushi Jimmi.
We'll also be releasing several beers throughout the day so stop by and see what we've brewed up.
We're ending the month with more tunes by hosting a Gonerfest 14 show on Friday, Sept. 29.
Ten High from Fayetteville kicks it off at 2:15, followed by Magic Factory from Auckland, New Zealand, Judy and the Jerks from Hattiesburg, Memphis-based Model Zero and Thurderroads from Tokyo.
Gonerfest runs Sept. 28 through Oct. 1 at venues throughout town.
Throughout the festival, Gonerfest 14 cans will be available in the tap room and at select retailers.
We'll have more beers and happenings sprinkled throughout the month but this should be enough to start your fall social calendar.
July is a time for summertime cookouts, sitting by the pool, and recognizing America's Founding Fathers, those guys who were brewing craft beer before it was cool.
We're doing our part to make the month a good one by starting up our bottling line.
Hop Swap, a smooth IPA made for Goner and Stax Records' annual record swap, was first up. This limited release big bomber is full of Zythos, Eureka, and Styrian Wolf hops, giving it citrus and fruit flavors.
We're also planning on releasing a higher gravity beer in bottles: Soulless Ginger. This super saison with candied ginger and peppercorns is a bigger version of our Soulful Ginger. With an ABV of 10.1%, it is perfect for sharing with friends. Less than 50 cases are making it out of the brewery, so keep an eye out for it around town.
We're doing more than bottling at the brewery. The tap room features Kevin Cerrito Trivia on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Bingo on Fridays at 8 p.m. Prizes and glory await.
On Thursday, July 20, the Comma Comedians perform starting at 8:30 p.m. The show is free.
We're hosting the Beer Choir 7 p.m. July 24 if you need to beer to help you sing in public.
The Memphis summer is hot. Thankfully, we make cold beer for a living.
We're getting out of the tap room a lot in June, so come out and enjoy Memphis Made beer in Cooper-Young or all around town this month.
This Saturday, June 3, we're happy to be the beer sponsor for Overton Park’s A Day of Merry Making again.
We're bringing kegs of Greenswarden Hefe and Fireside Amber to consume on a beer garden on the Greensward.
That same day, the tap room is hosting Believe Me: A Benefit Concert for Alyssa Moore. We're open 1 to 10 p.m. with music from the Incredible Hook, Crockett Hall, Los Phychosis, Static Bombs, the Margins, the Rough Hearts, Mystic Light Casino, and Linda Heck, with a chance of other artists dropping by. There will also be live comedy from Will Loden, Angela Garrone, Tommy Oler, Katrina Coleman, Jason Pulley, Benny Elbows, and Hunter Sandlin.
We're also supplying beer for Project Greenfork: Loving Local on at Old Dominic Distiller on Thursday, June 8. There will be kegs of Greenswarden Hefeweizen and Lucid Kolsch to help you get in the mood to celebrate all things local.
The next weekend, we're working with two Memphis institutions, Goner Records and the Stax Museum, to help make their annual Soulsville Record Swap that much more fun. We're brewing up a limited release bottle just for the occasion, so keep your eyes on our social media for more details.
We're hosting a record swap party at the tap room on Friday, June 16. The actual record swap will be 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 17.
Finally, also on June 17, we're bringing plenty of cold beer to the Outdoors Inc. Canoe & Kayak Race.
That's what we've got going on this June. Hope to see you in the tap room or around town this month.
Spring is here which means it's time to celebrate all things hoppy.
Memphis Made is doing our part with Hopped III on Saturday, April 15.
From noon to 9 p.m., we'll be giving you all the hops you can handle. We'll have several limited edition hoppy beers, a mix of new brews and old favorites. We'll also have a SMASH (Single Malt And Single Hop) bar with small-batch beers released every hour throughout the day. This is a great way to dial in just what kind of hops you're into.
Get there early, as we're giving away Hopped III stemware glasses to the first 100 customers.
The Tinglers will start the music at 1 p.m., followed by South Side Supper Club and Devil Train.
Gourmade, Lucky Cat Ramen, and MemPops will be on hand to handle your food cravings.
It's not all hops this spring, however. We're also doing more high gravity beers.
We've released several limited edition beers in April, including DubbelThink, a Belgian Dubbel, around town and in the tap room. Be on the lookout for these.
This month, we've also continued our ramped-up Thursdays.
Most Thursdays, Lucky Cat will be cooking it up in the event room while Kevin Cerrito will be challenging your brain with trivia. Kevin will start at 6:30 p.m. and go until 8:30 p.m. When we host the Comma Comedians, he'll present trivia until 8 p.m. and the comedy show will start at 8:30 p.m.
Finally, this April we're starting up something to showcase our love of Memphis' music and community: the Memphis Made Community Concert Series. Each month we'll book a local band and chose a local charity to benefit. We're kicking things off April 23 with Turnstyles (featuring Graham Winchester and Seth Moody) and Brandon Taylor to raise money for Citizens to Preserve Overton Park. Cash donations will be taken at the door, and we'll be donating a portion of our sales to the Greensward. So bring your family, friends, and an appetite for cold beer and Rock & Roll. Let's get down and get off our lawn!
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.
Another day, another new beer.
We just packaged up a limited edition red ale, named Sully, for the TJ Mulligan's family of pubs.
Sully, named after Memphis Made co-owner Richard Sullivan, will debut at six local pubs on Friday, March 6.
These pubs include Last Burger on Earth (LBOE) in Midtown, TJ Mulligan's on Highway 64, TJ Mulligan's at Trinity Commons, TJ Mulligan's at Kirby and Poplar, Dan McGuinness in East Memphis and TJ's Pub at Quince and Kirby.
Sully is a well-balanced red ale made for good session with friends.
Head brewer and Memphis Made co-owner Drew Barton developed Sully with input from TJ Mulligan's owner Lee Adams.
We were looking for an accessible beer which the gamut of TJ Mulligan's customers could enjoy and we think we got it.
The beer goes with Memphis Made's focus on working with local businesses, from bars to t-shirt shops.
We hope you enjoy it.
Drew and Andy
Just in time for Valentine's Day, we've come out with RockBone IPA. It's at the tap room and a handful of bars, restaurants and growler stations.
If you don't know what it's about, just Google "WREG and Rockbone" and all will become clear.
We're really digging this beer and we think you, and your special someone, will as well.
That is all,
Drew and Andy
It's taken a year, but we're excited to say our tap room will be officially opening soon.
We're holding our official opening Friday, Nov. 21 at our little corner of the brewing world. Choose 901 will be having their t-shirt pick-up from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Meanwhile, we'll be pouring beer from noon to 9 p.m.
Hot Mess food truck will be serving fresh burritos in our parking lot (the I Love Memphis mural one) while our local DJs at Goner Records will be providing the music in the evening.
If you can't wait until Friday, we're hosting a fundraiser for the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market on Sunday, Nov. 15. This event costs $25, with all the money going to the CYCFM. Deering and Down will be playing live. There will also be a whole hog from Renaissance Farms.
It runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and kids under 10 are free.
You can get tickets here.
Last year, we sold shirts during the Cooper-Young Festival because we weren't open yet and didn't have any beer. As you well know, we've now got plenty of beer.
Therefore, we've decided to celebrate our neighborhood by throwing the first-ever Cooper-York Festival on Saturday, Sept. 13.
We'll be selling old favorites like Lucid Kolsch and Soulful Ginger, plus some new beers. We'll also have Memphis Made t-shirts and other merchandise for sale, starting at 10 a.m. and going till about 6 p.m., right at the corner of Cooper and York.
We'll be joined by our old friends at Central BBQ and Aldo's Pizza Pies. We'll also have various games to play while you enjoy the beer and food.
This will be a test run for us for our tasting room (hopefully opening in the coming months), so come out put us through our paces during this great Midtown festival.
Drew and Andy
If you like local beer and local food, feel free to join us for
a beer dinner at Local Gastropub Downtown on Tuesday, July 8.
It's a four-course meal prepared by Chef Russell and paired with some
Memphis Made favorites and new arrivals.
Tickets are only $35 and can be purchased by calling Kari at 581-0541 or
through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first course is Lucid Kolsch paired with Arugula salad, goat cheese
crumbles, toasted pine nuts, slivered onion, roasted tomato and garlic
Next will be Bearcat IPA with blackened redfish, curried parsnip mash
and mustard sabayon, followed by Junt with ancho chili rubbed and smoked
pork tenderloin, herbed spaetzel and plum peanut chutney.
Finally, we'll have Soulful Ginger served with pumpkin panna cotta,
almond anglaise and rum-soaked raisins.
The beer starts flowing at 7 p.m., with Drew and I on hand to chat about
whatever you want to talk about (beer, food, the brewery, U.S. soccer,