Season 2: Episode Four: History of Memphis Breweries

Most Memphians will agree on one fact about their home city. Memphis has great tasting water. The water supply in Memphis comes from natural reservoirs hundreds of feet below the ground, and most of that water lies in sand aquifers that sit between layers of clay. The sand acts as a natural filter, slowly removing many of the water’s impurities. While all water contains at least small levels of contaminants, Memphis water has very low levels of fluoride, nitrate, lead, and copper. 

According to a Memphis Light Gas & Water report from 2015, there’s actually no detectable lead at all in Memphis’s source water. The water is so pure when it comes from the wells that it only has to be aerated to eliminate iron and dissolved gasses. After that, it is filtered, chlorinated, and fluoridated. I’m realizing that “filtered, chlorinated, and fluoridated” sounds like something that happens to hashbrowns at the worst Waffle House restaurant in existence. “Scattered, smothered, and covered” sounds way better…  and I think that’s also a Hootie and the Blowfish album. The addition of fluoride and chlorine is a legal requirement for public drinking water, so that our teeth don’t rot out of our heads. Because the layers of clay protect it, groundwater from Memphis is ideal for many industrial uses. And it also makes some really great beer…  It also makes for really great tasting distilled spirits, but that’s a subject for a later episode. Don’t worry, we’ll get there. We’re very much looking forward to doing “research” on how good bourbon tastes when it’s made from Memphis water. 

So, brewing in Memphis began in 1877, when G.H. Herbers organized the “Memphis Brewing Company,” located at the intersection of Tennessee and Butler streets in Downtown Memphis. In 1890, the brewery was acquired by J.W. Schorr, Casper Koehler, and the brewery was expanded to the structure that stands today. The name was then changed to “Tennessee Brewing Company,” and they began using water from Memphis’s naturally-filtered sand aquifer to produce their beer. 

The first beer that was marketed by Tennessee Brewing was a Pilsner, but at that time, most breweries did not name their beers – they were known by their type instead. Ads from around 1890 list the brewery’s offerings as Pilsener, Export, Tennessee Pale, Bavarian, and Budweiser (which must have been a reference to the Bohemian style of beer made in Budweis in the Czech Republic since the 13th century, not the Budweiser brand name). Employing more than 1,500 workers, and producing more than 250,000 barrels per year, Tennessee Brewing Company became a titan in the brewing industry. By 1903, they had become the largest brewery in the south.

Unfortunately, Prohibition took its toll on the Tennessee Brewing Company, closing its doors for more than a decade – but all was not lost. For a couple of years, the brewery tried to stay open acting as an icehouse and by brewing and bottling a drink called “NIB,” which stood for Non-Intoxicating Beverage. If you’ve ever tasted O’Douls or any of the other “near beer” beverages, you’ll understand why that didn’t work out for them. They’re kinda gross. When Prohibition ended, and producers of alcoholic beverages were given the greenlight to reopen, John Schorr, the son of J.W. Schorr, got the brewery back up and running at full capacity. Their best-selling beer for many years was called “Goldcrest,” and in 1938 it was renamed “Goldcrest 51” to honor more than 51 years of success in the industry. Goldcrest was a bottled beer until 1947, when they switched to cans. (and Tara grumbles…) 

The Tennessee Brewing Company closed its doors for the last time in 1954. The building remained vacant for just more than 50 years, when it was bought by a developer to keep it from suffering the wrath of the wrecking ball. That would have been a sad thing, if that would have happened. It’s such a beautiful building. 

The building was purchased in 2014 by developer Billy Orgel, and has now been completely renovated, but with the facade intact, into a beautiful group of apartments. I would imagine that some of those apartments would have an amazing view, judging from the fact that the back side of the building is right on the bluff.

Side note, we recently had breakfast at an adorable new place, just across the street from the Tennessee Brewery, called “By the Brewery.” They have some really tasty breakfast fare including biscuit sandwiches, grits, homemade pickles, and some great exclusive coffees made for them by J. Brooks. The people were really nice, and the food was fantastic. They’re kind of tucked away, but easy to find if you just head toward the brewery.  

Check out our Instagram for a picture of the deliciousness we ate there.

Tennessee Brewery started the brewing trend in Memphis, but it took a while for it to become the booming industry it is today. We’re going to talk about the history of the more recent breweries that have taken the city by storm in the last decade. But first, we’ll start with an oldie that I remember from childhood. 

In 1971, Schlitz opened a large brewery on Raines Rd in Southeast Memphis. About 10 years later, Stroh bought out Schlitz and took over their brewery. 

In 1990, Coors found that Memphs water was just as good as Colorado water and purchased the brewery. They survived until 2007 when the brewery was bought out by City Brewing, a Wisconsin based brewery. Aptly named Blues City Brewery, the brewery produces up to 100,000 barrels of Craft Brew Alliance products. The brewery’s customers provide the recipes for their brands and Blue’s City makes and packages the product. Although they didn’t set out to be a contract brewer of others products, it happened to work out well for the company. The Memphis location was large and more centrally located allowing for increased volume and shorter travel time to various places. 

We both grew up in the Hickory Hill area, not far from the now Blues City Brewery, but I knew it as the Coors Belle. Part of me vaguely remembers going there for a tour, but I can’t be certain I didn’t just make that up. We drove past it a lot, so I could have just dreamed that up. 

Fast forward to the 1990s. What a decade…oh the pictures we have from those years…the fashion, hairstyles, music, it was amazing. Haha…

But better than that was the start of Memphis beer brewing. 

First up is Boscos & Ghost River. Until I did this research, I had no idea they were connected. I’ve been to Boscos numerous times and we even skipped school to go there after one of our AP tests to have lunch at the one in Germantown. Of course at that age we couldn’t drink the beer, but I was aware they brewed their own beer. And as a legal adult, I’ve indulged in several of their brews, having no idea that’s where Ghost River started.  

“Memphis water is like starting with a blank canvas. When we brew a beer, there’s nothing we have to take out of the water. Memphis is a unique beer brewing location because the water supply is very pure and clean.” That’s a quote by Jerry Feinstone.

Jerry Feinstone and Chuck Skypeck opened Boscos Kitchen and Brewery in Germantown in December of 1992. Prior to 1992, there was a state law, long held in place since Prohibition, stating that an establishment could not manufacture, distribute, and sell beer from the same location. Luckily, thanks to help from Steve Cohen, that law was struck down and Boscos was a go!

The Germantown location stayed open for 10 years and in 2002, it opened a second location in Overton Square. The Midtown location proved to be more successful, consistently staying busy. And it is still there today, of course. We’ve eaten there many times. 

Boscos brews 50 styles of beer a year, adjusting the menu seasonally. 

In 2007, Feinstone and Skypeck were ready to step it up and opened the first craft brewery in Memphis. They’d been brewing on a small scale for the restaurant for several years, and then decided to find a place they could make about 2000 barrels a year. In 2008, Ghost River expanded and they were then able to produce up to 12,000 barrels a year. 

Ghost River identifies as an American craft brewer, meaning it is small scale in production, independently owned and controlled, and utilizes traditional brewing ingredients. They have about 3 or 4 beers in regular rotation and then a few seasonal ones that get thrown in the mix as well. 

Being supporters of their city, Feinstone and Skypeck connected their brewery to our city in a few different ways. The name Ghost River comes from a part of the Wolf River known as the “ghost section”. It is one of the main areas that our aquifer is recharged and it’s a beautiful part of the river. The brewery also supports the Wolf River Conservatory by donating proceeds from every barrel sold to the conservatory. 

Ghost River Brewery is located at 827 S. Main and is open Wednesday thru Sunday with varying hours. 

Kudos to Feinstone and Skypeck for being the pioneers of craft brewing in our city!

Next up is Wiseacre Brewery and it has probably my favorite beer in the city, a coffee stout called Gotta Get Up to Get Down. It’s my favorite even though you can only buy it in stores in a can. Explanation of aforementioned gumble…I have a ridiculous aversion to drinking beer from cans, and I will refrain from telling everyone why because I don’t want people to hate me, but thankfully I’ve got loads of pint glasses for at home consumption. 

While researching the different breweries in Memphis, I found that their website has probably the best description of their history. With a map of the US and a little side map of Europe, the picture leads you on a trip through the education and accolades of the brains behind Wiseacre Brewery. Devin Bartosch, head brewer, and his brother Kellan, certified cicerone (equivalent of a sommelier) spent their youth studying all things beer. Devin attended the World Brewing Academy in Chicago and Doemens Academy in Germany, while Kellan headed to Sierra Nevada Brewing Co, obtaining his cicerone certification before becoming a columnist for beer magazines and websites.

Wiseacre’s original taproom on Broad Ave opened in June 2013. It was the city’s first taproom. This location served the brewery well, but with their brews becoming ever more popular, they needed more room. Opening in June 2020, the downtown location is 4 times the size of the Broad Ave location. Where Broad is a windowless warehouse, with a decent size outdoor space, the new location on BB King, is bright and airy with the ability to host 300 people inside and 800 outside. They also have an in-house pizzeria called Little Bettie, which is operated by Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman of the well-known Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen.

Broad Ave can produce up to 20,000 barrels a year, whereas the new location is equipped for up to 80,000 barrels a year. Wiseacre HQ (what the new location is lovingly called) has first class technology that helps keep beer fresher longer, a cleaner flavor, and an increased number of cans that can be filled per minute, ensuring maximum amount production.  

Of course Wiseacre Broad, Wiseacre OG, won’t close because it’s their original home, but they will be using it to brew more “esoteric” and experimental beers that take more time and effort. 

Wiseacre OG is located at 2783 Broad Avenue and is open 7 days a week. 

Wiseacre HQ is located at 398 S BB King Blvd and also open 7 days a week. 

Check out their website for hours and special events. 

Memphis Made, which was the first local brewery that we ever went to, has been a staple in Cooper Young for almost 8 years. Memphis Made Brewery has fan favorites on tap year round, but always throws in a special or limited edition brew for customers to enjoy. 

Drew Barton, President and head brewer, and Andy Ashby, VP and Sales/Marketing, started Memphis Made in 2013 with the idea that fresh beer is the best beer. The taproom in Cooper Young opened in November of 2014. 

Barton went to North Carolina to pursue brewing, starting as a delivery driver and making his way up to head brewer. He left NC in 2010 to move back home to Memphis and started working towards making Memphis Made a reality. 

Ashby found his footing in the beer world as a bartender at the Flying Saucer during summers home from college. Then he moved to London and tended bar at a local pub. It was there that he realized beers that were made closer to home, were ultimately better tasting. 

Upon returning to Memphis, he helped found the Cooper Young Beerfest, which features only craft breweries that were located no more than a days drive from Memphis. In 2013, he left his day job, a journalist for various MidSouth publications, to help start Memphis Made Brewery with Barton. 

The brewery, located in an old warehouse with entry through a garage loading dock door, has daily food trucks and allows outside food deliveries. Don’t forget to take your obligatory photo in front of the I love Memphis mural in the parking lot. 

In late 2019, there was talk of a second location opening in the Edge District, on Madison. We’ll be crossing our fingers that may still come to fruition, as it will provide a bigger tap room and outdoor space.  

Memphis Made is located 768 Cooper St, It’s open Wednesday thru Sunday with varying hours. 

We have had a lot of Memphis Made beer, seeing as we both have lived in Cooper Young in the past. I think our favorite beer there is called Soulful Ginger, which is a saison that’s barrelled with candied ginger. During Halloween they brew Soulless Ginger, which is a higher gravity version. It’s delicious!

Unique in its situation, High Cotton Brewery is relatively small compared to its friends in the brew business, but the quality more than makes up for it. According to Ryan Staggs, co owner/co founder, “We currently operate a seven-barrel brew house, which is a relatively small volume if compared to other Memphis operations. Our small brew house affords the luxury of producing a lot of variety without committing to a large volume or sacrificing our regular production schedule. It also allows us to experiment more regularly and, hopefully, hone in on the next regularly produced beer.”

High Cotton opened its doors June 14, 2014 in the Edge District, just adjacent to downtown. Ross Avery, Ryan Staggs, Brice Timmons, and Phil Massey joined forces and decided to open their taproom in conjunction with Edge Alley, a restaurant next door, to ensure they will always have food on site and be able to sell their product. 

Admitting they have no formal brew schooling, the partners know they have something special to offer the community. According to their website their success comes from a meticulous selection of ingredients, painstaking process of trial and error, and ruthlessly critiquing the fruits of our labor.

On their opening day, the owners thought they’d have about 150 people show up to the festivities, but they had over a 1000 and essentially shut down the street. Memphians love good beer and a place to drink it that lets them socialize with their community. 

High Cotton is located at 598 Monroe Ave and is open Tuesday thru Sunday, hours vary. 

I think one of the first times we went to High Cotton was after we ate at Edge Alley, which we thoroughly enjoy. Their taproom is great to hang out with friends, even if it is smaller, it’s intimate and inviting. We greatly enjoy having a beer there. 

This next brewery is the only one we haven’t actually been to…yet. It really isn’t for any other reason that it’s on the opposite side of town. Rest assured, we will try it. We’ve heard nothing but good things about it. And they have a beer called 201 Hoplar, which is a fantastic name. 

(for those of you listening from outside Memphis, or just didn’t catch the reference, 201 Poplar happens to be the address of the pokey.)

Meddlesome Brewery, located in Cordova just down the street from Shelby Farms, opened in 2017. There was a method to the madness of not putting their brewery in midtown or downtown, they saw an opportunity to spread craft beer around the city of Memphis and they took it.  

Ben Pugh and Richie EsQuivel are the masterminds behind Meddlesome Brewery. Both had previously worked in breweries, Boscos and Rock’n Dough, and also had a love for homebrewing. Their small batch taproom gives them the opportunity to have something new on tap more frequently. Meddlesome focuses on American and Belgian style beers, but they also throw in some seasonals into the rotation as well as some limited, small batch flavors. 

Meddlesome is also committed to making a positive impact on the community. According to their website, they have donated over $15,000 to local charities. Every light bulb in the facility is LED to help ensure they are not wasting energy. They have installed a highly fuel efficient boiler to ensure they don’t waste gas. They partnered with a local Cattle Farmer to dispose of their grain so it doesn’t rot in a landfill somewhere. They have on demand water heaters for the brewing system to also help keep gas usage to a minimum. They reacclimate all of their waste water for cleaning and proper treatment for disposal. 

Meddlesome is located at 7750B Trinity Road and is open Tuesday thru Sunday, hours vary. 

This summer, while we’re running around Shelby Farms we’ll have to make a trip over to Meddlesome and try some of their brews.

Lexie’s (our niece) first flight at Crosstown Brewery

The closest brewery to us, where we find ourselves more and more frequently is the Crosstown Brewery.

It was opened in 2018 by two guys with big dreams. 

Will Goodwin and Clark Ortkiese, long time friends and competitive at-home brewers, dreamed of turning their hobby into a career when they were told the old Sears Crosstown building was going to be renovated. Living in the neighborhood, they felt this was their opportunity. They needed to open a brewery inside the renovated building.

Goodwin and Ortkiese  were leaders in the Memphis Brewers Association, so they had some connections and they had the knowhow to make beers on a small scale, but they knew they couldn’t do commercial beer on their own, so they would need a head brewer. They went to talk to the only professional brewer they knew to ask for advice and ended up bringing him into the business. Stephen Tate studied brewing at the World Brewing Academy in Chicago and Doemens in Germany. With Tate’s worldly knowledge of brewing, the team was complete. 

Unfortunately, they couldn’t find a spot within the concourse to house the brewery, so they did the next best thing. They opened one right next door. Located to the west of Crosstown Concourse, Crosstown Brewery has its own taproom, featuring a wide range of brews for a wide range of appetites. They also offer flights of four on tap brews for those who like “just a little taste of everything”. Their outdoor space is pet and family friendly with a daily food truck and musical events to enjoy. They also hosted pop up shops during christmas, trivia nights, and yoga classes! 

Crosstown Brewery is located at 1264 Concourse. It’s open 7 days a week but their hours vary. Check out their website for hours and events. 

What I love about Crosstown is they really do have a beer for all tastes. Even my sister, who doesn’t really like beer, has found some that suit her pallet. During Covid, they were making small batches of various flavors that you could do a drive by pick up. We did that, a lot. 

Grind City Brewery in Uptown
Flight of deliciousness overlooking the River

This next brewery I think may be our favorite one to go to to hang out. 

Grind City Brewery was started by a father/son duo who really enjoyed home brewing. Hopper Seely, who had grown up around the home brewing process, knew from a young age that he wanted to open a brewery. After high school, he went to a nine week brew course at Brewlab in England, learning how to use the proper equipment and how to make quality beer every time. Hopper, along with some of his friends, entered a wheat beer contest in England, and they won it! After leaving Europe, he spent a few years in MS and TN perfecting his craft before joining with his father, Bill Seely, in opening a new brewery in Uptown. 

The Seely’s chose the spot for the brewery, in an old furniture factory uptown, in an effort to help jumpstart the redevelopment in that area. They believe if you can create a restaurant or brewery that you can walk to, you create a better living environment. The brewery sits on 4.6 acres of land with scenic views of the river and the iconic hernando desoto bridge. 

The younger Seely is Grind City’s president and joining him are two former members of the Ghost River team, Tyler Nelson, who is the general manager and Mark Patrick, the head brewer. 

Opening later than desired, due to the pandemic, Grind City taproom opened in the summer of  2020. The brewery has a wide range of brews. According to the founders, the three of them can make pretty much any category of beer. 

Not only do they brew delicious beer, they are also committed to giving back to their community. Grind City donates part of their proceeds to organizations such as Leadership Empowerment Center, St. Jude, Madonna Learning Center, Junior Achievement, Ronald McDonald House, Crosscheck, Habitat for Humanity, and Angel Street. 

Grind City is located at 76 Waterworks and is open Wednesday thru Sunday. Hours vary by day. The brewery does rent out their facility for events as well. Check out their site or FB/IG page for food truck announcements, beers on tap, and any potential closings for events. 

Seriously, the atmosphere here is great and so are the beers. There’s a huge yard with a view of the river, and picnic tables and cornhole, and kids and puppies are running around. It’s kind of hard to explain, but it always feels picturesque and perfect when we’re there. It’s 100% worth the drive. 

Hampline Brewery just off Broad Ave behind the Rec Room

Hampline Brewery is one of three new breweries opening just this year! Nothing better than making life changing decisions and opening a business in the middle of a global pandemic. 

Opening in late January, 2021, Wes Osier teamed with Martha Hample and Richard Rhodes from the Rec Room to open the newest tap room in Memphis. Osier was stationed in Germany and fell in love with beer. After moving back home, Osier turned his love of beer into a hobby and career. He worked at several breweries around the US before receiving his master brewer certification from the World Brewing Academy in Chicago and in Munich, Germany. 

His vision is to bring “new beer styles such as New England IPAs and mixed culture sours along with old world German, Belgian, and British styles to Memphis beer lovers”.

Located just off Sam Cooper, behind the Rec Room, the Hampline Brewery boasts a state of the art brewing system and plans on brewing 500 barrels their first year. The space offers indoor seating as well as an outdoor greenspace right off the Hampline part of the Greenline. It’s perfect for riding your bike to and being able to sit outside and enjoy a beer with friends. 

Their mascot is one you may know if you’ve listened to our Memphis Zoo episode. Natch the bear – the one that was once chained to a tree in Overton Park, and resulted in Memphis having the wonderful zoo we have now – is riding pennyfarthing with a beer in hand, a feat not easily done by just any regular bear. But Natch can do anything…  Hampline is open Thursday thru Sunday, hours vary. 

It’s hard not to stop by the Hampline because we literally pass it everyday going home, and the owners are incredibly nice. That Tarter than the Average Bear, blackberry sour, is my jam. Holy moly it’s good. 

Kelvin Kolheim the man behind Beale Street Brewing Co
Beale Street Brewing Co

Memphis’ s newest beer company is also Memphis’s first black-owned brew company. Kelvin Kolheim, founder of the Beale Street Brewing Co, said in an interview “someone told me the other day that just by us being recognized as black-owned brewery in Memphis, it introduces craft beer to an entirely different demographic of people who may have not been paying attention to it.” 

Before opening the beer company, Kolheim went to culinary school and worked in the catering business. While trying his hand at homebrewing, he realized he could manipulate beer flavors like he could food flavors and thus the Beale Street Brewing Co was created. Kolheim’s day job for the last several years was the Director of Economic Development for the Greater Memphis Chamber where he was basically an ambassador for Memphis. He believes Beale Street Brewing is an extension of what he did at the chamber, it is an ambassador for Memphis. 

In March of 2020, Beale Street Brewing released its first two beers, Centsational IPA (a nod to Penny Hardaway) and Space Age Sippin Vol 1 (a nod to a song by 8Ball & MJG). The next two beers, 528hz of Love & Hoppiness and Memphis All Day Errday, pay respects to Memphis moguls Al Green, Issac Hayes, and Three 6 Mafia. 

At Beale Street Brewing Co, they use the blues, a variety of hops, locally sourced and unconventional ingredients, and the soul of Memphis to produce their beer. Great ingredients and good people make remarkable tasting beer.

Currently, Kolheim is brewing out of Lazy Magnolia brewery in MS, but is looking for the perfect spot to open a taproom, hopefully close to Beale Street. You can purchase his beer at multiple liquor stores and grocery stores around the Midsouth. 

I keep seeing posts about these beers and I can’t wait to try them. I think we need to make a liquor store run…

Soul and Spirits Brewery in Uptown

And last, but not least, a brewery in the works, which will hopefully be opening this summer. On our weekend drives around downtown and uptown, we’ve passed the future home of Soul and Spirits and have been watching the progress that’s being made. It’s a huge building with a fantastic walking gallery of murals on its outside walls. If you haven’t driven up to the Snuff district recently, you should. There’s a large collection of murals donning the walls of vacant buildings all over the area. It’s really beautiful.

Anyway, back to the Soul and Spirits. It isn’t finished yet, but it’s getting there. Located in Uptown, it’s owned by a husband and wife duo, Blair Perry and Ryan Allen. 

After having his first beer in Prague, Allen went to Germany to study brewing. Perry and Allen both have a love of beer and wanted to open a large enough space where people could enjoy it in a variety of settings. 

According to an article where Allen was interviewed, he said, “Our tap room is going to be unique in that it has different spaces, different feelings,” Allen said. “We’re taking four unique cultures and, while we want it to be cohesive, we want them to feel like different spaces.”

Those four spaces are an English pub-like bar setting; an American-style game room; an intimate sitting area that brings to mind Belgium; and German-style community seating.

Soul and Spirits is located at 845 N. Main street, hopefully it will open soon. 

Phew! That’s a lot of breweries! Memphians are incredibly lucky to have such deliciousness at our disposal. But we would be remiss if we didn’t also touch on something that is threatening the life and longevity of every brewery, not to mention every citizen of our city. 

If you haven’t yet heard of the Byhalia Pipeline & the controversy surrounding it, we’ll give you a brief synopsis.
I’ve taken some excerpts from a few articles explaining what’s going on. 

“In 2019, Byhalia Pipeline, a joint venture of Texas-based Plains All American Pipeline and Valero Energy Corporation, revealed plans for a 49-mile pipeline route between the Valero Memphis Refinery and a Valero facility in Marshall County, Mississippi. The proposed route runs through Black Memphis neighborhoods including Westwood, Whitehaven and Boxtown and also runs over the Memphis water supply.”

Side note: there is a more direct route to link the facilities but it would run the pipe through more affluent neighborhoods in East Memphis and Germantown, but of course that route was not one they would choose to pursue. (Not that I want any route through Memphis to happen, but it’s just a little suspect they would choose the route through a low income neighborhood.)

According to a TN Lookout article, “Project critics point out that the communities are already burdened by harmful environmental issues. Nearby oil refineries, wastewater treatment facilities, industrial manufacturers and power plants lead to cancer risks four-times the national average. Contamination of the area‘s drinking water could potentially turn the area into another Flint, Michigan, a city whose water system was contaminated with lead.”

“All it takes is a small amount of crude oil to damage our water indefinitely. So, this is for our generations to come – trying to protect the aquifer we have in our city and county,” said Memphis City Councilman Jeff Warren. 

Fortunately, groups such as Protect our Aquifer and Memphis Community Against the Pipeline have rallied to unite the city and its officials against the pipeline. This issue has not only gained the attention of those in our city, but all over the nation. News outlets all over the country are reporting on the issues. Celebrities are even joining in the fight. Cybill Shepherd, Justin Timberlake, Danny Glover, Jane Fonda, Giancarlo Esposito, and Piper Perabo are taking to social media to protest. When Al Gore came to a rally opposing the pipeline he said “but now they have run into Memphis, Tennessee, which is not the path of least resistance.” 

Our city and its residents are fighting to show big oil that they can’t bribe, bully, or sue those in our community to get what they want. In one article I read there was a quote that said there are two types of oil pipelines, ones that have leaked and ones that are going to leak. It happens. It will happen. It may not happen tomorrow, but we have to look after future generations of Memphians.  

Jim Kovarik, spokesperson for Protect our Aquifer, put it best when he said, “The aquifer is the most valuable asset we have in Memphis.”

Y’all remember when we had to boil water for like 4 days and it seemed like the end of the world? Yeah, I do too. I don’t want to ever have to do that again. 

We must do what we can to protect our people, our water source, and for the sake of this podcast episode…all the delicious beer our city produces!

Thanks for listening to the story we unearthed! We hope you all get out and enjoy some delicious, local brews on one of the many lovely patios around the city. Apparently, it is going to get warm again soon. 

Pictures Alan took before having something thrown at him at Earnestine and Hazel’s

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2 thoughts on “Season 2: Episode Four: History of Memphis Breweries

  1. What a great episode; very detailed. I’m sure y’all liked the homework assignments, but I have one question: Alan said that something hit the wall hard when he was leaning the ‘black room’ at E & H; was this AFTER trying the number of beers offered on menu, or BEFORE??? Lol. Lol. Lol.
    When you do the episode on our great spirits of Memphis, see if y’all can stay the night at Woodruff Fontaine House or the Evergreen Theater. Lol. You’ll see Spirits for sure then.
    Again, great story and thank y’all so much for the work you put into it.

    Jerry Benya

    • Thanks!
      It took a lot longer to write than we anticipated, there was a lot of information.
      We would loooove to stay overnight in one of those places. We’ve done plenty of Woodruff Fontaine tours but I want to do the overnight tours they do.
      I think Alan was only one beer in when the spirits tried to kick him out. 🤣 I was super jealous I missed it though!

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