No April Fool here: ABC in town, Founder’s All Day IPA, Kooky Canuck a winner, bocce, Joe Jackson, High Cotton taproom preview, Nicklaus/St. Jude, scooter rally

Just to make it clear: Everything in today’s post is REAL NEWS, not April Fool’s Day jokes. I’ve done April Fool’s on the blog in the past, but decided not to this year. It seems that in recent years, we’ve been bombarded with fake news on websites and Twitter to the point that it’s irritating. So I’m keeping it real this year.

I’m going to start off with a caution to my friends who sell liquor in any form to be careful this week. Word on the street is that the Alcoholic Beverage Commission was Downtown last night and issued citations to at least two restaurants and one retail store. The ABC is known to use 20-year-olds who look much older to bust people who sell liquor, so best advice is to card everyone. Midtown and East Memphis, I would not be surprised to see them in your area sometime this week.

I want to say thanks to the reps from Founder’s Brewery out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. They were in Memphis for their product rollout yesterday. After work I was at Bardog with a couple of friends, and Melissa the bartender told us, “They would like to buy you a Founder’s All Day IPA.” Being a big fan of free beer, I accepted. It was very good, with lots of flavor but with out the extreme bitter hoppiness found in many IPAs. When in the mood for an IPA in the future, Founder’s All Day will be one I will consider ordering.

Congratulations to Downtown restaurant Kooky Canuck on winning Choose 901’s Burger Bracket. The win was well-deserved. All the burgers at Kooky are good but my favorite is the Four Cheese Burger to which I add either mushrooms or bacon.

Bocce is coming to South Main and there will be a tournament Thursday, April 10. Details here.

Joe Jackson has been selected to play in the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) All-Star Game, the Memphis Tiger Network reports. The game will be played Friday in Arlington, Texas, and will air Saturday at 11 AM on CBS.

The MBJ has a preview of the new taproom High Cotton Brewery is building on Monroe.

Also in the MBJ: Golfer Jack Nicklaus has announced a partnership with St. Jude.

The Memphis Kings scooter club hosts its seventh annual Dead Elvis Scooter Rally here in Memphis April 25-27. There will be several rides, including one to the original Gus’s in Mason, Tennessee during the weekend, as well as Kinghkana, scooter judging, and a scooter raffle.

That’s the news for today. Sorry to disappoint those who came here looking for an April Fool. As usual for a Tuesday, I will be at the Blind Bear tonight for some poker.