Memphis Made focusing on seasonal beers; new coffee stout coming
After enjoying the success of our inaugural limited-edition beers, Cooper-Young’s Memphis Made Brewing Co. announced it will produce seasonals going forward, releasing new beers every three months or so, with many being revisited each year.
“We’ve enjoyed bringing a variety of styles to the market,” said Drew Barton, president and head brewer at Memphis Made. “Customers have really responded well to the changing beers so we’ve decided to keep it up instead of focusing on flagship beers.”
Memphis Made will now brew several main beers each season, starting with Lights Out, a dark Belgian style wit beer.
The grain bill for Lights Out consists of more than 90 percent wheat and is darkened with chocolate malt. A light dash of First Gold hops brings balance to the chocolate notes, while Styrian Golding hops blend in with the bitter orange peel and coriander. At 4.2 percent ABV, it’s a very sessionable beer, with hints of chocolate and orange adding some complexity, Barton said.
This beer should start appearing in local bars and restaurants Christmas week.
Currently, Memphis Made is partnering with Memphis-based coffee roaster Reverb Coffee to produce Reverberation, a Belgian style coffee stout which will be released in late December.
Reverberation will accent stout’s natural coffee flavors with freshly-roasted dark Sumatra coffee from Reverb. At 5.8 percent, it will be a great beer for the winter months. A base of Munich malt gives this brew a strong backbone to hold up all the flavors from the darker malts, the Belgian yeast, and the dark Sumatra coffee, Barton said.
“Beer and coffee are a great match for each other,” Jeremy Harris, owner of Reverb Coffee Co., said.
Harris started Reverb Coffee after graduating from the University of Memphis and doing two years of international mission work.
“While I was out of the country, my love for this city, and my desire to see it become a better city grew,” he said. “I came back to Memphis to start this coffee company in order to hopefully give back to the city and see it achieve a brighter future.