In 2017, Ben Pugh and Richie EsQuivel took a huge risk to follow their dream of starting up their own brewery.
Six years later, Meddlesome Brewing Co. is one of the Memphis area’s more established craft breweries, and its top-notch beers can be found throughout West Tennessee and North Mississippi.
“For us to turn six as a brewery feels pretty awesome,” said Pugh, Meddlesome’s head brewer and president.
“We started the place with our entire savings and the support of our families, and that was it. So to say that we made it six years really means a lot to us.”
Such a milestone deserves to be celebrated.
So in planning for Meddlesome’s 6th birthday party, Pugh and EsQuivel came up with an interesting twist.
“We both thought it would be a fun idea to get the staff involved and make something that totally represented them and their love of beer,” Pugh said.
“We told them we could create anything they wanted — within reason, of course.”
Six staff members, from the taproom to sales to the brewhouse, got to design their own beers and help out on brew day.
Those six beers will be tapped on Saturday, July 15, at Meddlesome’s “6 Years of Meddlesome Mayhem” party at the brewery, located at 7750 Trinity Road, Suite 114, in Cordova.
The staff-designed beers should be interesting. One barrel, or 31 gallons, of each beer was made, so they won’t last long.
The special beers are:
- Don’t Be a Beach, a piña colada-inspired sour ale with coconut and pineapple, designed by Anna, a bar manager
- Purple Church, a dark sour ale with pomegranate, designed by Skyler, sales manager
- Sallywacker, an apricot and black berry braggot, designed by Sally, a bartender
- Hamtron‘s Chocolate Orange, an English-style Porter with dark baker’s chocolate and orange, designed by Chris, a brewer
- Going Commando, a salted caramel nut brown ale on nitro, designed by Jut, a brewer
- H.B.I.C., a blackberry and lemon sour ale, designed by Sydnie, taproom manager
(Photos courtesy of Meddlesome Brewing Co.)
The Meddlesome birthday party on July 15 starts at noon and will feature live music all day from a variety of local artists, as well as special T-shirts and glassware for sale. Food truck Yippie Trippie & The Porkstars will have a menu that includes items made with the special beers brewed for the party.
In addition, Meddlesome’s Nuance is Dead Vol. 10 will drop that day, said EsQuivel, Meddlesome’s co-founder.
Nuance is Dead is Meddlesome’s experimental series of beers, and each volume is made with different hops. This newest one was brewed with Cashmere, Zappa and Hallertau Blanc.
“It’s a fun way for us to explore new hop combinations,” EsQuivel said, “and see what kind of flavors we can muster up.”