Sip through Memphis’ Beer Scene with City Brew Tours

“You Drink. We Drive” is the motto for Memphis’ newest brewery tour adventure, City Brew Tours.

City Brew Tours is an all-inclusive tour with a beer-focused experience. There are two tour options when you book either visiting three breweries or four. Both tours allow guests to sample beer at each stop while getting behind-the-scenes tours and insight from brewers.

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This new tour service is run locally by Brian Thompson, a lifelong Memphian, big beer enthusiast, and overall super nice guy. City Brew Tours is offered in 21+ cities.

For each tour, guests will hop on the Flagon Wagon, as Brian calls it, from downtown at The Peabody Hotel. Each tour is different with the selection of breweries. For the tour we hopped on, we visited Grind City Brewing, Cooper House Project, and Memphis Made.

At Grind City, we toured the facility and learned what it takes to brew beer while enjoying a flight of beer. Heads up: you are bound to learn about beer on this tour (even if you already are a hop head). While riding to the next brewery, Brian continues his masterful hosting skills and knowledge bombs.

people stand around table with flights of beer
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brewery tour guide points at beer making equipment
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Our next stop was Cooper House Project, one of Memphis’ newest breweries in Cooper-Young. We sipped on more beers and balanced out the ABV with some of their great wood fired pizza. We had a great conversation with owner and head brewer Travis Wiseman while trying each beer before checking out the brewing facility and getting to sample another beer that hadn’t been released yet.

Memphis Made was strategically the last stop, not only because it’s near Cooper House Project, but Memphis Filling Station, the new taproom coming to South Main, was having a pop-up with their beers available to try so we were able to try both. MFS was super good and I’ll be eagerly waiting for their opening this summer.

By this point, and 12+ beer samples later, our group was feeling pretty good. We loaded back up and wrapped up the tour with a safe ride back to downtown.

brewer pours beer from fermenter
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memphis made taster beer
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We expected to have a fun day but it still exceeded our expectations. You’ll be in great hands with Brian and I can’t recommend taking a tour enough.

City Brew Tours offers two brewery tours: The Original Brew Tour (four stops) and Sip of Memphis Brew Tour (three stops). The Sip of Memphis Brew Tour is most commonly offered and costs $69/person. That covers the driving, beers, and snack(s). Details here for both.

Tours are offered Thursday through Sunday and can fit up to 14 people. Go as a large group or ride make some new friends on the tour!

Private tours for parties and groups are also available.

Book your ride today. Cheers!

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About the Author

Hello! I'm Jalyn Souchek, the Director of Content for I Love Memphis Blog! I love calling the 901 home. When I'm not running the blog you can find me cheering on the Grizzlies, at a concert, exploring a new restaurant or kicking back at one of our breweries. I hope you'll love experiencing Memphis with me.

Build your perfect Memphis meal:

I love to eat so if I were to have only one meal left.. I’m going all out. I’d start with an app of Gumbo Fries from Blue City Cafe or Bayou Fries from Chef Tam, wings from Good Fortune or Central’s (honey gold and Jamaican Jerk), potato salad from Fat Larry’s, side of bbq spaghetti from Bar-B-Q Shop, and fried okra from Soul Fish. All paired with a Beale Street Brewing Space Age Sippin’.

Your most memorable Memphis moment:

College GameDay on Beale Street. That was an electric and perfect morning. I was still working in news then and was able to take it in up close and on the stage at some points. The fun and joy of everyone down there that morning is unbeatable.

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