Wed update: Fix the Beer Tax bill passes, free beer on Tax Day at FedExForum, Jerry Lee Lewis’ club, Bass Pro news

Great news for those who appreciate craft beer. The “Fix the Beer Tax” bill has passed the Tennessee House, 87-2. This is a revenue-neutral beer that changes the way breweries in the state are taxed. Passage of this bill means that craft breweries are much more likely to open in Memphis and in Tennessee. Hopefully this is the starting point for a lot more locally-brewed beer. The bill is now on its way to the governor’s desk for a signature.

In other beer news, A.S. Barboro will celebrate Tax Day by giving away limited-edition Memphis Grizzlies 24-ounce cans of Coors Light at the FedExForum at 11 AM Monday, April 15. Show up as early as 10 to get your ID checked and to see Mayor Wharton present the key to the city to Barboro GM Steve Hegdale. 300 cans will be given away, limit 1 per person.

There’s a good Daily News article online with updated information about Jerry Lee Lewis’ Cafe and Honky Tonk, soon to open on Beale Street.

Bass Pro is putting the signage issue on hold for now and proceeding with construction for a fall opening. Due to seismic concerns the entrance will be on the south side of the Pyramid rather than the East facing the Pinch. A trolley stop will be added. More info from WMC-TV5 here.

Slow news day… if more stuff comes in I’ll do a second post after work.