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Visit a Memphis Brewery: A Guide To Local Breweries and Taprooms

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 8th 2020 12976 0

Ed. Note: Due To COVID, taprooms and breweries may have hours and availability that changes frequently. For best results, call ahead before you go or check their social media.

Attention beer lovers! Want to visit a brewery or sample some of the best local Memphis craft beer? Here’s a list of Memphis area breweries and taprooms.

Boscos Restaurant & Brewing Co. 

COVID Update: Boscos is open for dine-in and patio dining. They close at 9 p.m. daily.

Blake Marcum

Location:
2120 Madison Ave.
Memphis, Tennessee 38104

Hours: (subject to change; please call ahead)
Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday: 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Boscos is a true brewpub: all of Boscos’ unique craft beers are brewed and sold onsite, and you can’t get this Memphis beer anywhere else. You can either drink it at the bar or on the patio, with your meal (as Boscos is the only one on this list that functions as a full-fledged restaurant), or fill up a growler to take home.

They serve lunch and dinner on weekdays, plus Saturday breakfast and Sunday brunch. Boscos was the first place in town to brew craft beer on a commercial scale, before taprooms were even legal in Tennessee. No tours.

Boscos brewpub website and event schedule.

Crosstown Brewing Co.

COVID update: Crosstown Brewing is open for onsite consumption, both indoors and outdoors, and beer pickup (you can order online).

Location:
1264 Concourse Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38104

Hours:
Monday – Tuesday: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Wednesday – Thursday: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: noon – 10 p.m.
Sunday: noon – 8 p.m.

Crosstown Brewing opened in 2018 in their own building just west of the towering Crosstown Concourse. They have plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. If you don’t want to hang out, you can order online for curbside pickup or even home delivery. Informal tours upon request – currently unavailable.

Crosstown Brewing’s taproom website, event schedule, and Instagram account (good for food truck updates!)

Ghost River Brewing

COVID update: Ghost River taproom has reopened their taproom and patio, with guidelines, and you can still pick up beer to-go.

Location:
827 S. Main Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38103

Hours for curbside pickup:
Wednesday – Friday 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday noon – 4 p.m. 

Ghost River’s brewery taproom in downtown Memphis’ South Main neighborhood has indoor and outdoor seating. These days, you can order online to pick up your beer curbside. No tours.

Ghost River brewery taproom website and event schedule and Instagram account

Grind City Brewing

COVID update: Grind City Brewing in Uptown has been waiting for their grand opening all summer, and it’s finally here! The new taproom will open to the public for the first time on October 3, 2020, but you can still pick up beer and get growler fills to-go.

 

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Location: 
76 Waterworks Ave
Memphis, TN 38107

Hours: 
Thursdays 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday  Saturday noon – 10 p.m.
Sunday noon – 7 p.m.

Grind City Brewing is a Memphis brewery located in Uptown—that’s about 5 minutes/1.2 miles north of the Bass Pro Pyramid off of Second Street. They have indoor seating and a sprawling outdoor area with a great view. Tours currently unavailable;

Grind City Brewing website, Facebook page, and Instagram account.

High Cotton Brewing Co.

COVID update: High Cotton’s taproom and patio are open, or you can take your beer to-go.

Blake Marcum

Location:
598 Monroe Avenue

Hours:
Closed Monday
Tuesday – Friday: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday: noon. – 10 p.m.
Sunday: noon – 8 p.m.

High Cotton Brewing is a Memphis brewery located in the Edge District near downtown, just down the street from Sun Studio. They have indoor seating plus a covered breezeway, plus they’re connected to Edge Alley cafe. Tours currently unavailable; normally Saturdays at 3 p.m.

High Cotton Brewing taproom website and event schedule and Instagram account.

Meddlesome Brewing

COVID update: Meddlesome’s taproom is open (masks required) or you can purchase your beer to-go.

Blake Marcum

Location:
7750 B Trinity Road
Cordova, Tennessee 38018

Hours:
Closed Monday 
Tuesday – Friday: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday: noon – 10 p.m.
Sunday: noon – 7 p.m.

Meddlesome Brewing, located in Cordova, has a taproom with indoor and outdoor seating and regular food trucks. They also offer house-made craft non-alcoholic root beer and soda. Tours not available.

Meddlesome Brewing taproom website and event schedule and Instagram account.

Memphis Made Brewing Co.

COVID update: Memphis Made’s taproom is reopened with expanded outdoor seating and expanded hours; they still have beer pickup and they have food trucks, too.

Location:
768 Cooper Street

Hours:
Wednesday: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday; 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday: 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Memphis Made’s brewery and taproom in Cooper Young has plenty of indoor space, a protected patio area on the York Ave side, and a spacious open area next to the I Love Memphis mural.

Memphis Made Brewing taproom website and event schedule and Instagram account.

Wiseacre Brewing Co.

COVID update: Wiseacre’s two taprooms are open for onsite consumption (parties of 8 or less only) and beer to-go.

Locations:
2783 Broad Avenue
398 S BB King Blvd

Downtown (BB King) Hours:
1 p.m. – 10 p.m. daily 

Broad Ave. Hours:
Monday – Thursday 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday – Sunday 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Wiseacre is a Memphis brewery with two taprooms. The original space on Broad Avenue offers limited indoor seating and a sprawling outdoor area with seating. The downtown taproom opened in summer 2020 and offers plenty of indoor and outdoor seating and loads of art, plus a sculpture garden.

Wiseacre Brewing taproom website and event schedule and Instagram.

Other Memphis Breweries

Grind City Brewing’s taproom isn’t open yet, but you can buy their brews at local shops and bars.

Beale Street Brewing doesn’t have a taproom yet, bu you can buy their brews at local shops and bars

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the current COVID rules for Memphis breweries and taprooms?
As of the September 22, 2020 Shelby Co. Health Dept. directive, bars and taprooms are allowed to open with restrictions. Some breweries may have additional regulations; i.e., parties are limited to 8 or more people or masks required. You can read the whole deal on the SCHD site (page 14 has the bar stuff) but here’s my simplified version:

– you can’t sit at the actual bar; you must be seated at table to be served
– stay 6 ft away from people not in your party
– no alcohol sales after 10 p.m.
– music has to be quiet enough for you to keep talking
– no dancing unless you are six feet away from other people not in your household 

Where can I get local Memphis beer?
You can buy beer at the taprooms listed below, and you can order Memphis beer from plenty of bars, restaurants, and stores. Check out the brewery websites; most of them have a list of where you can find them.

Do Memphis breweries have food or food trucks?
If you get hungry, most of these places have a regular schedule of food trucks for your Memphis food truck eating pleasure. I’ve found that checking social media is your best bet, especially Instagram. I’ve linked to brewery websites and IG accounts in each section below.

Can I tour a Memphis brewery?
Breweries are not offering tours at this time. If you’re a brewery owner and this has changed—please let us know!


More Places To Drink Memphis Craft Beer

I’d be remiss if I didn’t also recommend you check out Hammer & Ale, which has 20+ beers on tap, including most all of the local beers. They serve pints as well as tastings, so you if you only have time for one stop but want to try all the Memphis beers, this is your go-to. They also serve sandwiches and have indoor and outdoor seating.

For the best in-store selection, knowledgable beer staff, and

 

Be sure to check out our Sweets & Drinks section of the blog for more beer content, and check out the Beer Lovers Guide for even more great beer bars that offer great selections of local and craft brews.

And if Memphis brewery tours are your thing, you might want to look into Old Dominick’s distillery tours, too.

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