Music Highway collaboration: Crosstown, Jackalope brew beer for Craft Brewer’s Conference

Label for Music City Highway Hazy IPA
Music City Highway Hazy IPA is a collaboration beer from Crosstown Brewing and Jackalope Brewing. (Image courtesy of Crosstown Brewing)

Memphis’s Crosstown Brewing Co. and Nashville’s Jackalope Brewing Co. have teamed up to brew a beer for the upcoming Craft Brewer’s Conference in Nashville.

The Music Highway Hazy IPA was named after the rich musical traditions of Memphis and Nashville, and the roughly 200 miles of highway that separate the two Tennessee cities.

Jackalope joined Crosstown in Memphis to brew the beer a few weeks ago.

“We’ve been friends with the folks at Jackalope for a while, and this seemed like a great opportunity to work together,” said Crosstown co-founder Clark Ortkiese.

The collaboration beer goes on sale today in Crosstown’s Midtown taproom, 1264 Concourse Ave., before it’s taken to Nashville next month.

The Craft Brewer’s Conference, the largest craft brewing industry gathering in the country, takes place May 7-10 at the Music City Center in downtown Nashville.

Ortkiese said Crosstown was approached by Washington-based Yakima Chief Hops, one of the brewery’s primary hop vendors, to brew a beer for the conference. The beer was brewed with one of Yakima’s newest products, CryoPop hops, which feature citrus and tropical aromas.

“It’s a really an amazing product, and we love the impact that it makes in hazy IPAs. The beer will be featured at Yakima Chief’s booth at the show and at a few events around Nashville that week,” Ortkiese said.

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