Thoughts and ramblings from the minds behind Memphis Made Brewing.
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.
Happy 2017, fellow beer lovers.
Another year, another change of state law to help make Memphis a better beer city.
The great state of Tennessee passed a law increasing the alcohol level we can brew from 6.2 percent ABV to 10.1 percent ABV.
The law took effect on Jan. 1 and we're going to take advantage of it to bring you some tasty brews.
Our first offering will be Slumber Party Imperial Stout. We're not setting a release date for it yet, as no beer will be served before its time. Keep an eye on our social media or camp out at the tap room and we'll let you know.
As always, we've got a good slate of events both in the tap room and around the city.
First off, we'll be at Miss Cordelia's on Jan. 11 for Food Truck Wednesday. They'll have Stanley's Sweet Street Treats Food Truck and the Creamery of Memphis with homemade gelato from 5 to 8 p.m.
On Friday, Jan. 13, we'll be at the Science of Beer, once again being held at the Pink Palace. Assistant brewer Adam Cagle is making a small batch of Shrunken Head Saison just for this event, so don't miss it.
3 Shades of Blue will be holding a Grizzlies watch party at Central BBQ on Summer Avenue on Wednesday, Jan. 18. There will be Central BBQ and Memphis Made giveways, as well as beer specials on all our brews. Join us for beer, barbecue and basketball.
Closer to home, the Comma Comedians return to our tap room Thursday, Jan. 19 for Drafts & Laughs. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Cover is a very affordable $2.
Also, anyone who's been to our tap room knows we're all about beer education and making Memphis a better place to drink beer.
That's why we're hosting several parts of Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs 2016 Extravaganza.
If you've ever thought about judging beer, there will a training sessions on Jan. 21 in our event room.
Home brew judging will actually take place in February for the Extravaganza. Contact the BCBC for more specifics, as these events are great ways to develop your palette.
Finally, on Sunday, Jan. 29, we'll be at Local Vocals and Brews at Tin Roof on Beale Street.
The event, which is planned for the last Sunday of every month, is 6-10 p.m. and will have beer specials and live local music.
We know everybody's going to have a busy December to end the year, but we couldn't help ourselves: we had to brew up a bunch of limited release beers and events. It's just how we are.
First off, the beers. Look for more Nut ReMix hitting the tap room and stores this month. It was so well received we decided to give it a second batch. We'll also have a new version of Cat Nap IPA with Belgian yeast and a few other offerings throughout December. Keep an eye out for these limited edition brews.
Now, to events.
This Saturday, UCAN of Memphis will hold a Chili Cook-Off in our event room 1-5 p.m. Sampling starts at 2 p.m. with $10 for unlimited chili samples.
For those brave enough to subject their chili to the judges, prizes will be given for Chef's Choice, Best Spicy Chili, Best Turkey Chili and other categories.
UCAN of Memphis, a local nonprofit which mentors at-risk behavior children, is still looking for contestants. If you're interested, call Leshundra Robinson at 901-619-8604.
On Tuesday, Dec. 13, we're hosting the Cooper-Young Community Association's Holiday Volunteer Appreciation Party from 6 to 8 p.m.
If you've volunteered in Cooper Young this year, turn out for this fun neighborhood event.
That same day, we're donating beer to the “In the Christmas Spirit Concert” with the MDs and Goner Records at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.
The event is 6 to 8 p.m. with the MDs playing the classic Booker T and the MGs Christmas album and other Stax hits.
Bring $10 or a non-perishable food item for the Mid-South Food Bank for half-off admission.
Back at the brewery, we've got a pair of events for the weeks leading into Christmas.
On Thursday, Dec. 15, the Comma Comedians are putting on a show in the tap room. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the comedy starting around 8 p.m. $2 gets you in the door.
Just before Christmas, some of the members of Snowglobe are coming to Memphis Made to perform in the round. They'll be playing 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22 for what promises to be a great show from a great local band.
The tap room will be open Christmas Eve from 1-4 p.m. so that you can fill up growlers or get last-minute gifts. We'll be closed Christmas Day.
Finally, it's never too early to start looking to next year to increase your beer knowledge.
In January, we'll be hosting several events around the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs' big home brew competition.
There will be beer judge training sessions, beer judging, and more. If you've ever wanted to learn more about tasting and judging beer, this is a great opportunity with a variety of ways to plug in.
More info can be found at www.bluffcitybrewers.com.
That's about all we have to say about 2016. It's been a great year at Memphis Made and we're looking forward to more beers and good times in 2017.
Memphis Made Brewing is holding its MALTED festival on Saturday, Nov. 5.
MALTED will have various limited release malty beers such as Orange Drewlius and Nut ReMix Ale, as well as music, giveways, food trucks and more.
Nut ReMix is a nut brown ale brewed for just for Memphis Made's Cooper-Young neighbor, New Ballet Ensemble and School.
Throughout the day, Memphis Made will have live performances from Big Barton, Pezz, New Ballet Ensemble, and Mark Edgar Stuart.
The Rawk N' Grub food truck will be parked outside near the “I Love Memphis” mural all day.
MEMPops will be on-site, pairing up popsicles and beer.
Additionally, Memphis Made will be giving away 16 oz. Belgian-style MALTED glasses to the first 50 customers when the brewery doors open at 1 p.m. There will be other giveaways as well throughout the day.
Bike Walk Memphis will do a bike valet during MALTED and those who ride their bike get a free 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
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 email@example.com.
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,