2016 Extravaganza!

Registration for the 2016 Extravaganza! is now open. We will be using the 2015 BJCP guidelines. Entries are capped at 350. Enter or sign up to judge/steward here.

We will have several educational and pre-judging events prior to the Extravaganza – check the Google calendar on the sidebar for dates.

Also, don’t forget to give your money to our sponsors:



An Evening with Michael Tonsmeire

Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs Present an Evening with Michael Tonsmeire.  

This is a special presentation with noted sour and brett beer craftsman Michael Tonsmeire, The Mad Fermentationist.  

If you follow Michael’s blog, you know him as prolific brewer.  His blog is a must read for any homebrewer, newbie to advance.

In addition to maintaining his popular blog, Michael is currently finishing a book on sour beers and helping formulate recipes for Modern Times Brewing in San Diego.

Michael will give a presentation on sour beer basics, his brewing process and the Modern Times’ souring program. There will also be time for a Q & A.  This is a rare opportunity to get questions answered about brewing sour beers, brett, barrel aging, etc.  

When: Wednesday, June 12th. 6:30 pm
Where: 7171 Goodlett Farms Parkway, Cordova TN  (ACH Food Companies, just off I-40, near Bellevue church)
Registration: Please sign up here, this will help us plan

Sorry, no beers allowed on premises!

NOTE: Michael, will not be on site, he’ll be joining us via audio & video conferencing.


Club News

We’re looking for people to participate in the “Grocery Store Brew” meeting in July. Give us a shout back if you want to brew.

The idea is to get creative. Do a small batch if you don’t want to risk a full batch. The only “rules” are to follow one of these options when brewing:

1.) You can use brewers yeast but everything else must come from the grocery store (some ingredient ideas: Oats, cereal, rice, grits, honey, bread yeast, bitter herbs or veg. fruit. )

2.) Alter a recipe by using any two of these items: Cap’n Crunch, Sweet Potatoes, Peanut Butter, Rice, Pickle Juice

Upcoming meetings:

May – Cold Fermentation – Jon Korneliussen

June – One Wort, Four Yeast – Matt Mulqueen and David McCormick

Don’t forget the October “Fictional Beers” meeting, some theme ideas are:

• Lord of the Rings inspired beer
• Harry Potter beer
• Gunslinger’s Graff from The Dark Tower series
• Star Wars theme
• Game of Thrones brew

Best of the Bluff schedule:

June – BotB – Lawnmower Beers
July – Grocery Store Brew
August – AHA – European Amber Lagers
September – No BotB but bring Herb Beers if you have them, they’ll go with our presentation
October – BotB – Fictional Beers

We’ll have news on the fall festivals soon and look for your chance to brew for the Aug. and Sept. Rock N Romp.



September 2012 Update

Plenty of news, please read (or for you illiterates, “scan”) to the end…

Meeting next Thursday, Sept. 20th, Central BBQ on Summer

AHA Club Only will be Light Hybrid Beers, Category 6 (AHA Calendar)

More festivals coming up, details here. (Loving Local, Sunday Oct. 7 will be a great one)

Learn To Brew Day
This may sound early but it will be here sooner than you think, we are looking for a few volunteers for “Learn To Homebrew Day” on Saturday Nov. 3rd. We need people that can talk about various aspects of brewing. We also need a few beers for sampling at the event, please donate 1 or 2 bottles. There are 2 meetings between now and Nov 3., you can bring them then.

We are trying to branch out into the community with the event this year by partnering with the Memphis Botanic Garden. We’re aiming for a bigger crowd. Details can be found here, please share with your non-brewing friends.

Wine Kits
Looking for someone to do a presentation to the club on “Making Wine from Kits”, let me know if you are willing.

Oakland, TN Germanfest 2012 Master Brauer-Homebrew Competition
Entry deadline is Oct 22.
Open for all beer styles. Event details here.
I can deliver your beers for this one, I need them no later than Oct 17th. email communications@bluffcitybrewers.com.

Music City Brewers – Brew Off (Homebrew Competition)
November 2nd & 3rd, 2012
Goodlettsville Marriott Conference Center
competition details: http://musiccitybrewers.com/brewoff.php





Learn To Homebrew Day 2012

Join our Facebook event page.

Here are resources from the event, recommended book, websites and podcast, a brewing FAQ and the Brewing Overview handout.

The Bluff City Brewers are gearing up for National Learn To Homebrew Day!  If you’ve ever had an interest in home brewing, this event can get you started!

Drop in anytime during the afternoon, club members will be available to answer your questions and discuss these topics:

  • Equipment
  • Techniques
  • Processing
  • Ingredients (both purchased and grown) 
  • Packaging

When:  Saturday Nov. 3rd. 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm (Rain or Shine)
Where:  Memphis Botanic Garden. (map)

Free with garden admission.

Brewing demonstration, Raffle!

Free for Bluff City Brewers Members.  Must be 21 to sample please!


Joe’s Wine and Liquor 

Lucchesi’s Beer Garden

Midsouth Malts

Poster design by Mike Powell (michaelpowelldesign.com)