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It’s been a hot minute since my last post, but life finally slowed down a bit for me to get back at it! Now where to start…

The first inaugural Memphis Beer Week kicked off on April 21 and Nick and I headed to the Flying Saucer for the Sour Hour event. Memphis doesn’t have a great variety of sour beers, so this was one event we definitely weren’t going to miss. And boy am I glad we didn’t. Not only were given samples for five delicious sours – all varying in age and style – but each beer was paired with a tasty dessert. All the beers were delicious, but my favorite of the night was the 2009 Rodenbach — it was the perfect blend of sour sweet and it paired perfectly with a nice chocolate brownie. My second favorite pairing was the Rufus with the NY cheesecake. Rufus is the collaboration beer from Yazoo and New Belgium and it was brewed exclusively for Memphis Beer Week.

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Sour Hour @ Flying Saucer
April 21, 2013
(bottom left) 2009 Rodenbach; (top left) New Belgium La Folie; (center) Yazoo-NB Rufus; (bottom right) Yazoo Rye Saison; (top right) Wayan Flemish Sour

On April 23, we made our way to Bosco’s for the annual Brewmasters Dinner and once again, it did not disappoint. Aside from the good beer, it’s always nice because the menu offered includes dishes that are not normally served at the restaurant. We also lucked out this night because the cask for the night was Olde Fool, an English Strong Ale and as you can tell from the picture below (it’s in the top left of each), it was definitely a slow drinker for me as it is strong, strong, strong.

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Brewmasters Dinner @ Bosco’s
April 23, 2013

Although we had planned on going to glass night at the Saucer on the 24th, we decided to sit Wednesday night out and instead, go to Young Avenue Deli on the 25th for New Belgium Firkin Night. The firkin this night was their Rampant Imperial IPA and as an IPA gal, this is one at the top of my list of favorite IPAs — those Centennial hops are oh so tasty.

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New Belgium Firkin Night @ Young Avenue Deli
April 25, 2013

And lastly, the 4th annual Memphis Brewfest at AutoZone Park rounded out Memphis Beer Week on Saturday, April 27. Normally, Nick and I would be part of the general festival-goers; however, as I mentioned in an earlier post, Nick brewed an IPA for this fest so we got to be on the other side this year. And I must say, I rather enjoyed being on the “staff” side. Even though we had to get to the park four hours early, that also meant we got to start sampling beers early ;) Our club had twelve different beers on tap and there was never a slow moment at our table! Festival-goers wanted to know where the beer was available to buy and they were bummed when we told them it’s only available at each brewer’s respective home. But once they learned it was homebrew, they wanted to know more about the process, etc. and the guys are always up for sharing the joy of homebrewing with inquiring minds! Also, I’m happy to announce that Nick’s ‘Extracurricular Hoptivity‘ was the first of our club’s kegs to float! It was a nice feeling knowing so many people enjoyed his beer.

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Memphis Brewfest @ AutoZone Park
April 27, 2013
(left to right): sampler mug; pre-fest; our local homebrew club; Nick serving his ‘Extracurricular Hoptivity’ IPA

Once Memphis Beer Week was over, it was time to move into our house! Nick and I took off work the first few days of May and got all of our furniture and belongings moved in with the help of his parents. We had only been in our place for two nights before it was time to head to Nashville for two nights of Widespread Panic! Despite the cold, rain, and mud, those were two of the best shows I’ve ever been to.

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Widespread Panic @ The Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel
Nashville, Tennessee
May 3-4, 2013

And in other beer news:

  • Nick received the judging sheets on the beer he submitted to the AHA National Homebrew Competition and although none of his beers advanced to the second round, he was thrilled to find out that his saison received the highest score of the five he submitted. This was his first time submitting his beers in any competition and there will be plenty of more opportunities to come!
  • Homebrewing is now legal in all 50 states! With the help of organizations like Right to Brew, Free the Hops, and the Alabama Homebrewers Guild, Alabama’s homebrewing bill successfully made its way through the legislature and was signed by Governor Bentley last Thursday. So cheers to that, for sure!

Next up on our plate: our first brew day at the new house, Memphis in May BBQ Fest, and planning MemphisGPO events!

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fix the beer taxJust a short post on this rainy Thursday, but it’s great to be able to say that Tennessee’s 1950s beer tax has been fixed! The final votes for the Beer Tax Reform Act of 2013 took place on Monday in the Senate (30-1) and on Wednesday in the House (87-2). Now all it awaits is signature from Governor Haslam! Co-sponsors of the bill, Rep. Sexton (R-Crossville) and Rep. Kelsey (R-Germantown), and the folks behind Fix the Beer Tax have worked tirelessly the past couple of months and it’s great to see all that hard work and campaigning pay off on the first go around. So, cheers to that!

If you don’t have plans for the night of April 23rd, Bosco’s announced its annual Brewmasters Dinner the other day and the menu looks delicious! Nick and I went last year and we’ll be going again this year. I’m especially excited about the Wasabi shrimp entrée, and what do you know, it’s served with my favorite type of beer! Seats will fill up fast if they haven’t already, so call and reserve your spot now!

And lastly, in house news, Nick and I will start moving boxes in the last week of April and we’ll move our furniture in May 1st! I’ve got big plans for decorating our new place and Nick has already made a big purchase which will be put to good use when we have a housewarming party —  so stay tuned! Cheers!

raise your pintsIt was a HUGE day for Mississippi homebrewers! This morning, Governor Bryant signed Senate Bill #2183 and in doing so, made Mississippi the 49th state to legalize homebrewing (effective July1)! woohoo! I know the folks over at Raise Your Pints will be celebrating tonight! Things are always done a little slower here in the South, but it’s refreshing to see Mississippi get with the times. Now if only that pesky state to its East could get its act together, then every homebrewer in the country could legally enjoy his/her pastime.

And in Tennessee beer news, Senate Bill #0422 continues to make its way up the totem pole as the Senate State and Local/House Local Committees approved the Beer Tax Reform Act. Representative Cameron Sexton said of today’s events,

Today was an important step towards reforming a tax that is working against Tennessee. The subject may be beer, but this is about ultimately creating jobs and growing business.

Next up, the Finance, Ways & Means Committees.

That’s all I’ve got for today — cheers!

fix the beer taxTennessee’s Beer Tax Reform Act of 2013 passed the House Subcommittee last week! This is great news for craft beer communities across the state, and this week, it will make its way to the House and Senate Committees. We’re one step closer to getting rid of our old school policy!

Also last week, it was announced that “The Beacon” – a collaborative ale by Yazoo Brewing Company and Calfkiller Brewing Company – would be released in bottles to bring further attention to the tax that “ales Tennessee.” I was curious to know if this beer would be coming to Memphis since we still tend to get the shorter end of the beer stick, and after tweeting @yazoobrew, I was told it would hit the Bluff City some time this week! Cheers!