Memphis Made beers to debut at Flying Saucer this weekend
Memphis’ newest local brewery will play the field a bit before settling into its regular year-round offerings.
The first two beers will be South Cooper Saison and Parkways Pale Ale. This will be followed by other inaugural brews, including a red ale and a porter.
“We just couldn’t wait a full year to make anniversary beers,” Drew Barton, founder and head brewer, said. “These beers could be one-time only or we could revisit them later.”
Memphis Made will debut the beers at the two Memphis-area Flying Saucer restaurants Friday, Oct. 11.
Barton and co-founder Andy Ashby will be tapping the first kegs at the Cordova Flying Saucer at 5:30 p.m. and then head to the Downtown Flying Saucer at 8 p.m.
“Both the Ashbys and Bartons are part of the Saucer family,” Kirk Caliendo, Flying Saucer general manager, said. “Knowing their passion for great beer first hand, it’s going to be great to promote their beer from our taps. Andy and Drew are dedicated to consistent product that will taste great. Memphis will be proud to have this brewery attached to its name.”
Barton and Ashby each worked at the Flying Saucer over the years.
“I am rooting for these guys,” Caliendo said. “We have traveled the country in our youth in search of great beer and now they will be brewing it here at home for us to sell and drink at the Saucer.”
South Cooper Saison, a brown saison, is composed of a simple malt bill of pale and chocolate malt, allowing the complex flavors of the yeast to be the shining star, most notably its peppery spice.
Parkways Pale Ale is a distinctive American Pale Ale. Nugget hops deliver an initial herbal punch, while Delta hops round out the flavor and aroma with their spicy and slightly sweet citrus notes.
“The Parkways are one of the original boundaries of Memphis and the name is an acknowledgement of our local roots,” Ashby said. “Drew and I have been planning Memphis Made for quite a while. Now that we’re brewing, we can’t wait to bring more fresh, local beer into the market.”
Barton designed and earned a Zymurgy Management degree at the University of Memphis, making it possibly the only beer degree in the school’s history. He is excited to bring everything he learned at the University of Memphis and in Asheville, N.C. back home to the Bluff City.
After making a few different styles of beer, the Cooper-Young brewery plans on making two styles, an IPA and a Kolsch, year-round. It will continue to make seasonal beers as production capacity allows.
Memphis Made’s local focus extends beyond its beer.
Adam Shellabarger with Combustion Design created the brewery’s logo while Sean Vandergriff with Vandergriff Designs is hand crafting its first tap handles. Memphis Made also used local artist Kevin Reuter for one of its first t-shirt designs. It also gives spent grains to Mathis Creek Farms in Covington, Tenn.
On Saturday, Memphis Made plans to distribute beer to the Young Avenue Deli, Aldo’s Pizza Pies, Bardog Tavern and the Slider Inn.
“Since we self-distribute, we’re only opening in a handful of bars and restaurants initially,” Ashby said. “We plan to ramp up production slowly, always focusing on quality, and expand to more local bars and restaurants in the coming weeks and months.”
Memphis Made will also serve beer at the Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest, held 1-5 p.m., Oct. 19 at Midtown Autowerks, 795 S. Cooper.
Memphis Made Brewing Company is a small production brewery at 768 S. Cooper, right next to the “I Love Memphis” mural at Cooper and York. The company occupies a former Keathley Pie Factory warehouse and production facility. For more information, please check www.memphismadebrewing.com, call at (901) 691-2396 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.