Memphis Made Releasing High-Gravity Beer, Opening Mondays and Thursdays
Memphis Made Brewing Co. will soon have bigger beers and longer hours at its Cooper-Young tap room.
This past Friday, 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 this week.
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 new styles of beer for local breweries to start brewing for beer lovers in Tennessee. 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,” Andy Ashby, co-owner of Memphis Made, said.
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.
The tap room is currently open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. “Mondays and Thursdays will have a more intimate setting, with only the back bar open for service,” Ashby said.
Memphis Made Brewing Co. is a production brewery and tap room located at 768 S. Cooper St. in Midtown’s historic Cooper-Young neighborhood. It currently self-distributes kegs to more than 140 bars, restaurants, grocery stores and liquor stores throughout Shelby County. For more information, go to www.memphismadebrewing.com