The taproom at Wiseacre — Photo courtesy of Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau
The brothers Bartosh hardly look old enough to drink beer, much less have over a decade of beer making experience between them. But with a few brewing awards, a bunch of time tasting the brews of the world and a little touch of grandma - the brothers have opened the first taproom in Memphis.
Wiseacre Brewing gets its name from the Bartosh brothers' grandmother, who used that word as a term of endearment, or scolding - depending on the circumstance. The boys opened a brewery and taproom on Broad Avenue, on the city's north central side, in a neighborhood that's fighting its way back into the Memphis retail and nightlife scene.
Currently, Wiseacre is producing two brews: the Tiny Bomb American pilsner and an Indian pale ale called Ananda. Unlike many craft brewers, Wiseacre's brews come in a can, not a bottle. The reasons for this unusual choice are portability, the cold factor and recent advances in canning technology which have all but eliminated the oxidation of aluminum into beer. Works for us.
A pint of pale ale — Photo courtesy of Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau
For now, the taproom is open Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pints are $5, and a growler costs $13 - $5 for the growler and $8 for the fill. Frankly, it's just a cool looking bottle we'd pay more for, even without the beer. Tours are soon to be offered, and there's often a food truck around during the evening hours.