Memphis is a lot of things: home of the blues, birthplace of rock ’n’ roll (not to mention Justin Timberlake), liberal enclave in a conservative state. But five years ago—when there was just one brewery, Ghost River, and one brewpub, Boscos, from the same owners—nobody would have called it a beer haven. Even though the Memphis sands aquifer provides pristine, naturally soft water that’s well suited to brewing, it took a handful of legal changes to pave the way for three more breweries to open. With big players such as Bell’s and Founders finally distributing here, it’s become a burgeoning scene worth exploring—especially during Memphis in May, when a flurry of festivals brings music and barbecue fans to the rockin’ city.
The larger, newer Overton Square outpost (the original is located downtown) boasts the superior beer lineup, thanks to three bars and 48 taps pouring the four local labels plus national brands such as Bell’s and Sweetwater. Hit the patio—outfitted with umbrellas and misting fans—to chow down on the grilled onion topped double burger or the Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich with chili aioli and house pickles.
2126 Madison Ave.