New beers from Memphis Made hitting bars this week

Memphis’ newest brewery is changing its lineup in order to keep the fresh ideas flowing.

Memphis Made Brew Company is unveiling two new beers, Fireside Ninja and Harvest Porter, which should begin hitting bars between Nov. 9-16.

Brewed with a base of Munich malt and delicately steeped with Perle and Tettnanger hops, Fireside Ninja is malty on the front end with a slight hop finish on the back to provide balance. “With an ABV of 5.7 percent, this beer, while very accessible, will keep you warm on a fall night,” the brewery said in a release.

“Fireside Ninja is the lighter side of a deadly killing machine,” Drew Barton, president and head brewer, said.

Harvest Porter is a lighter than normal porter with a slight nuttiness and hints of chocolate. This beer style, created by Barton, consists of Marris Otter, chocolate and melanoidin malts balanced with East Kent Goldings and Fuggle hops. It should be available late next week.

The locally owned and operated craft brewery, which opened in early October, is rolling out its next set of limited edition inaugural beers. Parkways Pale Ale and South Cooper Saison will enjoy an early retirement, but may make an appearance again someday.

“It’s always been the plan to mix it up a bit before we settle down into year-round styles,” Andy Ashby, co-founder, said. “Right now, we’re just having fun coming up with different beers.”

Aldo Dean owns Aldo’s Pizza Pies, Bardog Tavern and the Slider Inn, three local establishments which serve Memphis Made beer.

“Memphis has quickly become the birthplace of several local breweries.  It’s important for the city on the national stage of culinary awareness to showcase these talented brewers,” he said. “Plus, Memphians are a prideful people, and they have a real thirst for local beer.  We love being on the front lines of this movement.”

After experimenting with a few different styles of beer, the Cooper-Young brewery plans on making two styles, an IPA and a Kolsch, year-round. Those beers should come out in early 2014. Memphis Made will continue to make seasonal beers as production capacity allows.

Memphis Made’s local focus extends beyond its beer.

Cooper-Young resident Adam Shellabarger with Combustion Design in Midtown created the brewery’s logo while Sean Vandergriff with Vandergriff Designs is hand crafting its first tap handles. Memphis Made also gives spent grains to Mathis Creek Farms in Covington, Tenn., a farm that sells beef and other products at farmers markets throughout the Mid-South.

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, including a list of where Memphis Made beer can be found, please check, call at (901) 691-2396 or email us at or

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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