Memphis Made Blog:

Thoughts and ramblings from the minds behind Memphis Made Brewing.

May Day

We're hosting May Day on Saturday, May 4 with a day of music, bikes, beer and more.

Memphis Tilth is putting the event on with Bristerfest starting at 11 a.m.

It was originally planned to have Tour de Coup in the morning but a rain forecast has led to the cancellation of that portion of the event.

The music will still go on, however, with everything being moved inside the taproom.

Bristerfest starts at 11 a.m. with bands including Red Squad, Memphissippi Sounds, PXLS, Life Explicit, Memphis Jookin, Tristan Barton, Kristen Cothron, Alex da Pante, Stephen Chopek, Alejandro Paredes, Bailey Bigger, Memphis School of Rock, and Whiskey Chute Smugglers.

Bristerfest will have vendors and information regarding Memphis Tilth's mission of cultivating collective action for an economically sustainable, socially equitable, and environmentally sound local food system. More info can be found at

Five Years of Hoppy Beers

Now that it's springtime, our thoughts turn to hops.

That's right, it's time for our annual Hopped festival.

This year, Hopped V is noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 20.

We'll have limited edition cans of  Cat Nap, RockBone, Prince Mango, and Ryevolution.

We're bringing back Plum Stupid as well as cask offerings of various hoppy beers.

Long Road Cider will also be on tap for that day only.

We're also giving away Hopped glasses to the first 100 customers.

Obruni Dance Band, Alicja-Pop, and Aquarian Blood will be performing live in the parking lot.

Gourmade and New Wing Order will be on site to feed everyone.

We'll have some Hopped and new beer shirts available that day, some of which you won't want to miss.

This is our fifth year doing Hopped and we've always had a good day of music, food, and hoppy beers.

We're also going to have a ramp up to Hopped called A Taste of Hopped, featuring 4-packs of RockBone, Prince Mango, Ryevolution, and Cat Nap.

We'll be at Cordelia's Market 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, April 17, followed by Joe's Wines & Liquor 4-7 p.m., Thursday, April 18.

On Friday, April 19, we'll be in two spots from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Buster's Liquors and Wines and Corks Wine & Spirits.

Come join as we celebrate all things hoppy in the beer world this week.

Memphis Made Releases New Beer on April 1

Memphis Made Brewing Co. is excited to announce a new offering which will change the beer landscape on an international level.

The Midtown brewery is releasing Firesidarita on April 1, building on the success of their flagship amber ale, Fireside and adding the festive excitement of a margarita. The company has decided to unofficially partner with Taco Bell and their signature beverage, the Baja Blast, to achieve an authentic blend of Memphian and Mexican flavors.

“Firesidarita is a festive turn on one of our most beloved beer,” Andy Ashby, sales manager at Memphis Made, says. “We think we’re breaking important new ground in the beer landscape.” 

Head brewer Drew Barton adds, “We don’t see how anyone will ever be able to look at beer the 

same way again.”

This is the natural progression for a company known for adding completely unnecessary things to beer.

All packaging will include a “frozen” or “on the rocks option” as well as a layer of coarse kosher salt to give the Firesidarita launch that “I’m ready to party” feel. Weston Notestine created the artistic vision for this product.

“You’re welcome, Memphis,” says the whole Memphis Made Brewing team.

To learn how a Firesidarita is made, check here.

Sierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund

It was an honor to present Sierra Nevada with a check on Sunday to benefit the Sierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund.

This devastating fire burned more than 153,000 acres, killed at least 85 people, and destroyed more than 13,000 homes.

To help with the recovery efforts, Sierra Nevada Brewing organized the Sierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund.

More than 1,400 breweries brewed their own batches of Resilience IPA and served it in their taprooms, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Sierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund. Memphis Made brewed up a 10 barrel batch.

On Sunday, Memphis Made owners Drew Barton and Andy Ashby presented Sierra Nevada area sales representative Derek Petrella with a $7,067 check. This is part of an effort which has led to craft breweries helping to generate more than $25 million in relief funding.


From Tennessee to California

At Memphis Made Brewing, we try to give back to our community as much as possible. We try to focus on our local community first, but it's time to look a little further out at our extended community, our Craft Beer Community. 

The Camp Fire wild fire in California has been the worst in history and to help with the recovery efforts, Sierra Nevada Brewing has organized the Sierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund. 

Participating breweries will brew their own batch of Resilience IPA and serve it in their taproom, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Sierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund. We're doing our part by brewing up a 10 barrel batch which will be available in the taproom mid-December. 

Please come out and raise a pint with us. Resilience IPA will be available while supplies last. 

Who knew drinking a little beer could help so much? 

In the meantime, you can also donate directly to the Sierra Nevada Brewery Camp Fire Relief fund 

via the Golden Valley Community Bank Foundation web site:

Sully Beer

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

RockBone IPA

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

Tap Room Officially Opening/Sneak Peek Sunday

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.

Cooper YORK Festival

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

MMBC Beer Dinner at Local Gastropub

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

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,