See the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight at the brewery

This weekend’s highlights in the Screening Room:- Kentucky Derby, Saturday- Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Fight, Saturday- Memphis Grizzlies vs. Golden State Warriors Game 1, Sunday

Posted by Tennessee Brewery on Friday, May 1, 2015

Several times yesterday I was asked the best place Downtown to see tonight’s fight. For a while I had no answer – Hooters will show it but that’s not really a place I recommend. However, about 5 yesterday the post above went up on Facebook. Well, there’s your answer. The brewery is showing it for FREE. Why would you go anywhere else if you live down here?

Man. The brewery is KILLIN’ IT this year. Last Saturday I got a Revival growl towel (which if you’re viewing this on the web, you know that I made it my profile pic on the blog, first profile pic change in 7 1/2 years) and tonight the fight. I can’t wait to see what they do next. I kinda hate it that I am going to have to spend a weekend this month (BBQ Fest) away from the brewery.

Speaking of the brewery, last night BBQ team president Moody and workhorse “Mr. Load-in” ventured up there, where we met teammate Otto. I went to the bar and got a PBR. “You know all the beers are $5,” Moody commented. “You could have a better quality beer for the same price.” Does anyone understand what Moody is talking about? I don’t.

Pranom Pop-Up was there serving huge boxes of Pad Thai for $10, and I understand the pop-up will be back up there today. I haven’t tried the Asian dish yet and may have to get down there at some point this afternoon. Might be back for the fight too. It is bound to be a long day.

Jeanne Bogino, author of Rock Angel, the story of a 1990s guitar goddess and her romance with a bandmate, will be at South Main Book Juggler to sign copies of her book at 1 today. The shop is at 548 S. Main in the Arcade building, across from Central Station. If you haven’t figured out a game plan for today, a noon trip to the brewery or Farmers Market followed by a short walk over to the book signing might make for a good early afternoon.

Tonight is the annual Speakeasy fundraiser at the Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum. There will be Gatsby-esque entertainment, dancing under the stars, and 1920s-era cocktails and decorations. $25 donation goes toward the continued preservation of the museum. Starts at 6 PM.

Memphis Symphony Orchestra performs Beethoven’s Ninth tonight at the Cannon Center at 7:30. With Music Fest going on and Bass Pro open, Symphony fans will be lucky to find a parking spot in Frayser tonight.

Moody Ques members: We have secured a spot for you to pick up your team bags, which should be available by the middle of next week. I won’t reveal the location quite yet, but a word of advice: Come hungry and order food while you are there. One of the best chefs in town is at this location. If you like healthy food you are especially in for a treat.

(Why am I talking about healthy food to people who stick a damn pig in a smoker for 16 hours?)

(By the way, we light the smoker with a flamethrower :mrgreen: )

That’ll wrap it up. Plans for today are wide open. I probably am not going to Music Fest but I love Music Fest people-watching. Sitting on the concrete blocks outside of Silky’s and drinking a Call-a-Cab watching the world go by will probably happen at some point. I need to make the most of this weekend, because next weekend is load-in and that means nothing but hard work.

Friday update 2: Lesser-known Memphis in May events, Orpheum summer series, new liquor store and more

Today is not only the first day of Beale Street Music Fest, but the start of Memphis in May in general. There are a few lesser-known Memphis in May events going on today.

At the National Civil Rights Museum, there is a “Human Rights and Struggle – Polish Transformation and the Art of Posters” exhibit going on. It displays posters as a method of communication and catalyst for change in Memphis in May’s 2015 honored country.

The Metal Museum has an exhibit of metal artifacts by the well-known Brothers Lopienska firm, founded in Poland in 1862.

Mud Island River Park has an exhibit from the Chopin Museum in Warsaw, displaying an unconventional look at the pianist’s artistic process and personality.

The Orpheum has announced its 2015 Summer Movie Series:

  • Thur 6/4 7PM – Top Gun
  • Fri 6/5 7 PM – Back to the Future
  • Thur 6/11 7 PM – Grease
  • Fri 6/12 1:30 PM – Family Matinee: Space Jam
  • Fri 6/12 7 PM – Casablanca
  • Thur 6/25 7 PM – Clueless
  • Fri 6/26 1:30 PM – Family Matinee: James and the Giant Peach
  • Fri 6/26 7 PM – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Thur 7/9 7 PM – The Wizard of Oz
  • Fri 7/10 7 PM – Airplane!
  • Thur 7/23 7 PM – The Sound of Music
  • Fri 7/24 7 PM – Double Feature: Nightmare on Elm Street/Friday the 13th
  • Thur 7/30 7 PM – Hook
  • Fri 7/31 7 PM – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • Fri 8/14 7 PM – Young Frankenstein
  • Fri 8/28 7 PM – Gone with the Wind

A new liquor and wine store called Quench will be coming soon to Second Street. It will be operated by the people who own City Market. Finally, a decent liquor store in the Downtown core! We have needed one for years.

Remember Pranom Pop-Up, the traveling Thai street food pop-up that did nights at High Cotton Brewery and Silly Goose a while back? You can find it at the Tennessee Brewery today. Thanks @ilovememphis for tweeting that info.

High Ground News had a list of 10 obscure sites to visit in Memphis. One of them is Downtown: the art gallery in the main First Tennessee branch at Third and Madison. Agreed, absolutely worth a visit.

Less than four hours until the weekend. I really hope I get a spot in my parking garage before Music Fest-goers take them all. I really don’t want tonight to be a late night, but due to people outside my building going “Woooooooooo!!!!!” in the wee hours of the morning, it will be whether I like it or not.


Meat, salad and more: Your tasty Friday update

Rare early-morning post. Woke up about 4, couldn’t get back to sleep…

If you need a break from the craziness of Music Fest this weekend, or if you need an alternative to Music Fest, don’t forget that Tennessee Brewery Revival is ongoing. This week’s musical entertainment includes Side Street Steppers from 3 to 7 PM Saturday, May 2; and Artistik Approach 3-4 and Delta Cats 4:15-7 Sunday, May 3. There are always food trucks (crawfish on Sundays too) and lots of regional craft beer, Brewery staple Goldcrest 51, and the Cadillac of beers, PBR.

I got an interesting little tip last night that I thought I would pass on: There’s a bar menu at Texas de Brazil. For around $12 you get six pieces of meat, mashed potatoes, and bread. The only catch is, you don’t get to pick the pieces of meat. When you order, the bartender goes to the back and gets you three pieces of meat, then when you’re ready the bartender gets you three more. Six pieces is enough to fill up someone with an average-sized appetite, and for the price I could live with not being able to pick my pieces. The deal is only available if you sit at the bar.

Various puns involving lettuce (Lettuce Eat, Lettuce Toss It Up A Bit This Week, Lettuce Turnip the Beet) are the theme at Memphis Farmers Market tomorrow. It’s the beginning of National Salad Month and the market has everything you need to make the perfect salad, even toppings you might not associate with the market including artisan¬†cheese, croutons, and seafood morsels. From 9 until noon you can get your blood pressure screened for free courtesy of UT College of Pharmacy. Live music by The Three Kings 8:30-10, Ashlee K. Thomas 10-11, Eric Crays 11-12:30. Downtown bike ride departing from the Market at 9 (must wear helmet). Pet adoptions too. 7 AM to 1 PM tomorrow at the pavilion at Front and G.E. Patterson. PRO TIP: If you must drive a car to the market, come as early as possible, preferably before 11 when the Music Fest crowd will begin to converge in the South Main area. Walk, bike, or ride the green bus that sounds like a trolley if at all possible.

There’s a Groupon for Flynn’s, the karaoke bar on Beale Street, currently ongoing. $14 for $25 worth of American food.

Over on Mud Island tonight at 5, there’s a Kentucky Derby Dinner at Tug’s. Menu features bourbon salmon, Kentucky Hot Browns, and mint juleps.

For the first time for any BBQ team I have ever been on, our team T-shirts were ready before May 1. I saw them last night and they look awesome. If you need shirt printing done, be sure to talk to Josh at Winfield’s at 2 S. Main, across the street from Walgreens. Moody Ques team president Moody, vice-president Clay, and workhorse “Mr. Load-in” met last night to discuss a plan to get team bags together. We hope to have them ready to distribute by about Wednesday of next week.

If you live in the core or South Main, it might not be a bad idea to leave work early this afternoon (I am). Parking is going to be crazy down here with Music Fest going on. I am about to leave for work 30 minutes early so I can check out early this afternoon. Happy Music Fest if that is your plan this weekend.