The Beer Lovers Guide To Memphis

Posted by Holly Whitfield | April 7th 2016 2182 0
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April 7 is National Beer Day! Here’s a handy guide to drinking beer in Memphis.

(Ed. Note: just for kicks…take a look at the original I Love Memphis Beer Guide from 2010 and see how far we’ve come in six years. Wow.)

1. Memphis Happy Hours And Beer Specials

If you want more happy hour specials, read the Guide To Cheap Drinking post. Very important: Subject to change. Call ahead to confirm.

Monday
– $3 drafts starting at 7 p.m. at Aldo’s Pizza Pies
– $2.50 pints at Brookhaven Pub
– $3 drafts at Celtic Crossing
– Pint Night at Flying Saucer
– $10 buckets of PBR and Miller High Life at Next Door
– $3 drafts at Tug’s

Tuesday
– Local beer pint night starting at 7 p.m. at Aldo’s Pizza Pies
– $3 Wiseacres at the Green Beetle
– $2.50 drafts at Last Burger on Earth
– $3 pints at The Slider Inn

Wednesday
– Pint night at the Green Beetle
– $3 pints at Local Gastropub
– $3 canned beers at Next Door
– $3 drafts at South of Beale
– Pint night at UBEE’S
– $3 pints at Young Avenue Deli

Thursday
– College night with 8 p.m. beer bust at UBEE’S
– Pint night at R.P. Tracks

There are a lot daily happy hours. Like, a ton. Check out a list here. Let me know if you know of any really great beer deals I should add.

Wiseacre Brewing Co - Holly Whitfield

2. The Breweries

Here are the folks making Memphis’ local beer.

Boscos Squared (2120 Madison)
You can only get Boscos’ beer at Boscos (they do fill growlers). They have a popular bar area with about eight beers on tap, plus a Cellarman Contest at 5:30 p.m. every Monday through Friday. The pub/restaurant is open every day.

People like: Flaming Stone
Holly’s go-to: Midtown Brown or Bombay IPA

Ghost River Brewing
Ghost River is a separate venture from the same folks who brought you Boscos. Right now, they don’t have a taproom, but one is in the works. They have three year-round offerings plus a bunch of seasonal beers. Where to find Ghost River beer.

People like: Ghost River Golden
Holly’s go-to: I’m with the people on this one.

Wiseacre Brewing Co. (2783 Broad Ave.)
Wiseacre Brewing has four year-round brews,  plus plenty of seasonal and special edition beers, and the taproom has about a dozen beers on tap. The taproom is open Wednesday – Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays. Where to find Wiseacre beer. Read the post (which was, incidentally, my second post ever).

People like: Tiny Bomb Pilsner and Gotta Get Up To Get Down
Holly’s go-to: Ananda IPA

High Cotton Brewing Co. (598 Monroe)
High Cotton usually has about ten beers on tap. Their breezy taproom in the Edge district is open 6 days a week starting April 19, 2016: Tuesday – Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Where to find High Cotton Beer. Read the post.

People like: Scottish Ale
Holly’s go-to: Ctzar

Memphis Made Brewing Co. (768 Cooper St.)
Memphis Made offers three year-round beers and plenty of seasonal and special edition beers. Their taproom (right next to the big red I Love Memphis mural) is open Fridays 4 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., Saturdays 1 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., and Sundays 1 p.m. – 9 p.m starting .  They offer public tours at 4 on Saturday and Sunday. Where to get Memphis Made beer. Read the post.

People like: Fireside Amber
Holly’s go-to: RockBone IPA

– Crosstown Brewing Company
This one’s still in the works!

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3. More Beer Fun: Events and Places To Go
The local breweries host regular special events, tappings, and tastings. I’m not going to include all of those here, just the biggest ones. Check out their social media and websites for more info.

– Some good crafty-ish/local-focused beer bars: Aldo’s (both locations), Boscos, Flying Saucer (both locations), High Point Pub, Raffe’s Beer Garden, Schweinehaus, Sweet Grass Next Door, Young Avenue Deli…the list goes on. What are your favorites? (Let me know in the comments.)

– Read more about several of those in this Thrillist article on the best beer bars in Memphis.

Hammer & Ale in Cooper Young offers you a chance to try all of the local beer in one place. You can get flights, pints, fill your growler, and eat. Read more in my review of Hammer & Ale.

– The Madison Growler Shop (located inside the Cash Saver grocery store in midtown) has a notorious craft beer section and active growlier filling station. Check it out.

– The Pink Palace hosts an annual Science of Beer event in January with tons of local and regional breweries offering tastings, plus food pairings and seminars.

– The Brew Movement Against Multiple Sclerosis is held at the Pink Place each February and features home brews, craft beer, food, music, and more.

– High Cotton hosts Cookies on Tap, usually in late March. It’s a beer and Girl Scout cookie pairing event that benefits Girls Scouts Heart of the South Troop 901.

– Memphis Made hosts a hoppy/IPA beer event featuring their limited/special edition hop-tastic brews in the spring called Hopped. This year (Hopped II) is on April 9.

Memphis Brewfest is in April at AutoZone Park each year, and features a whole bunch of beers, both domestic and international. This year (2016) it’s on April 16.

– Wiseacre hosts an invitational beer event each year called Taste The Rarity, with local and national breweries. This year’s event is on May 21, 2016 and features the release of their Unicornicopia beer.

– The Memphis Zoo hosts a Zoo Brew beer festival each year. This year (2016) it’s on May 27.

Good People Good Beer is an event on July 23, 2016 at Playhouse on the Square featuring five high-gravity beer samples, bbq, and Wiseacre on tap. It benefits Operation Broken Silence.

– The Dixon Gallery and Gardens hosts a beer sampling and dining event every fall called Art on Tap. This year (2016) it’s on September 9.

– Most all the breweries do something for Oktoberfest in late September or early October.

– Schweinehaus hosts Oktoberfest every year in late September, usually with pretzel-eating competitions, stein hoisting competitions, live music, and lots and lots and lots of beer. Leiderhosen optional.

– The Cooper Young Beer Fest is an annual regional craft-beer-only festival that happens every October with a limited number of attendees for maximum brewer interaction and beer enjoyment. This year (2016) it’s on October 22.

– The Memphis Flyer hosted the inaugural Crafts & Drafts beer-and-craft-fair event in Crosstown last November. They’re doing it again in 2016 – date TBD.

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4. More Stuff

– If you’re into home brewing, check out Bernoulli Brew Werks beer supply store. Those guys know everything about beer and they nearly sent me into liver failure when I judged a home brew competition one time.

– If you’re looking for places to get your growler filled, check out this post. There are a ton of filling stations and some of them might have experienced some changes. Call before you go somewhere to double check on hours and availability.

– Memphis has a Brewers Association Homebrew Club with meetings, events,a and competitions.

– The Memphis chapter of Girls Pint Out has monthly Sunday meetups.

FuzzyBrew – A beer blog by Memphis-area beer lovers / brewers, keeping you updated on the ever-growing beer scene in the Mid-South. Twitter: @fuzzybrew

Memphis Craft Beer – Memphis Craft Beer’s website, blog, and weekly radio show is all about the local beer scene, including events, beer reviews, interviews with brewers, and more. Twitter:@901craftbeer

Did I leave something off? Share your additions in the comments.

Drink responsibly, please. With Uber and Lyft so easy to use (and cab numbers easy to remember – 577-7777) there’s really no excuse for driving if you’ve been imbibing.

Cheers!


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Joseph Barnes says:

    Thank you for mentioning the Brew Movement Against Multiple Sclerosis! The last one was incredible if I may say so myself!

    And there is another Memphis Homebrew Club, Bluff City Brewers and Connoisseurs — https://www.facebook.com/Bluff-City-Brewers-and-Connoisseurs-207485592626670/?fref=ts

    I also must mention Midsouth Malts — the long-standing Homebrew Shop at Summer and White Station (741 N. White Station) (https://www.facebook.com/Midsouth-Malts-168430746503141/?pnref=lhc). It’s a great scenario because they and Bernoulli Brew Werks have some non-overlapping hours of operation, so it makes homebrew supplies more readily available in the Bluff City.

  2. Jake says:

    Home Brewing: Mid-south Malts.

    Zoo Brew: Is 2 times a year. Memorial Day and Labor Day. ( But should be boycotted due to too many tickets sold out of greed, AND the Greensward.)

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