Memphis Made Brewing Co.’s tap room in Cooper-Young has been abuzz recently with a high profile award, extended hours, new high gravity brews on tap, and a Peabody school fundraiser coming up.
Last month the brewery released Slumber Party, an Imperial Stout clocking in at 9 percent alcohol by volume. This beer will be served in the tap room initially with a limited amount of kegs being released.
A Tennessee law went into effect Jan. 1, raising the level of high-gravity beer in the state from 6.2 percent to 10.1 percent. This opened up several new styles of beer for local breweries such as Memphis Made. Slumber Party will be the first of several higher-gravity beers Memphis Made will release throughout the year. Most of these beers will be sold in the tap room, with a handful being released to select retailers.
“The old alcohol levels limited what we could brew, but now we’re looking forward to a bunch of new styles, like Double IPAs and Imperial Stouts, which you can’t do below 6.2 percent,” says Andy Ashby, co-owner of Memphis Made.
Also starting in February, local beer drinkers will have more chances to visit the brewery, as it will start to open up its back bar Mondays 4-10 p.m. and Thursdays 1-10 p.m. in addition to its regular hours 4-10 p.m. Fridays, 1-10 p.m. Saturdays, and 1-7 p.m. Sundays.
“Mondays and Thursdays will have a more intimate setting, with only the back bar open for service,” Ashby says.
In December Memphis Made earned a bronze Bicycle Friendly Business award from the League of American Bicyclists. The league recognizes 1,265 local businesses, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies in 49 states and Washington, D.C., that are transforming the American workplace by accommodating bicyclists.
Memphis Made Brewing has bike racks so that customers in the neighborhood can ride to enjoy a pint in the tap room. The brewery has also worked with Bike Walk Memphis to have bike repair stations placed near the I Love Memphis mural and near Revolutions Bicycle Co-Op at the First Congregational Church. It has also worked with Revolutions, Bike Walk Memphis, the Memphis High Tailers Club and others on fundraising for bike-related amenities and causes. Moving forward, Memphis Made Brewing will have access to a variety of tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle-friendly.
Finally, all Cooper-Young residents are invited to come out for the Half Pints for Half Pints fundraiser at Memphis Made 7-10 p.m. Saturday, February 25th. The event is a fundraiser for the Peabody Elementary PTA to support the arts and technology. Food will be provided by Central BBQ, Sweetgrass, Mulan, Aldo’s, and Celtic Crossing with music by DJ Zac Ives from Goner Records. Tickets are $50 per person, $85 per couple, and $30 for Peabody staff. Tickets and more information are available at halfpints.org.