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MIDTOWN MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Memphis has become a destination for beer making three breweries have opened this year. The newest, Memphis Made Brewing, delivers its first kegs Friday.

It took a lot of years for Drew Barton and Andy Ashby to make this happen. You have to cut through a lot of red tape to make it happen, and approvals at every level of government. On top of that Tennessee has the highest beer taxes in the nation.

But these two men were able to make it happen.

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The kegs are lined up and the beer is ready to flow at Memphis Made Brewing, located on Cooper Avenue in Midtown's Cooper-Young district.

The Bluff City's newest brewery is ready to deliver its first batch to bars around town. It's been a dream years in the making for Barton and Ashby.

It's tough opening a business and we knew that going into it," Barton said. "We certainly, we had a lot of help along the way, a lot of good advice and those things have gone a long way for us."

Memphis Made Brewing joins Wiseacre Brewing Company, which opened up its Broad Avenue location in September, and High Cotton Brewing Company, located downtown, opened in April

Starting any small business is hard work. A brewery even more so. It requires permits and approvals from the city, county, state and even federal government. But Barton and Ashby think the time is right in Memphis.


"Think about a couple years ago there weren't a lot of farmers markets," Ashby said. "Now there's two in Cooper-Young alone and I think people are kind of heading that way toward local fresher food products and beer is one of those."
 
Memphis Made is starting out with two beers, Parkway Pale Ale and South Cooper Saison, named after the brewery's location. They took over the old Keathley pie factory in Cooper-Young.

"I would be happy," Barton said. "I'm 40 years from now running Memphis Made and we're selling all of our beer here."

The co-founders have plans to expand production but they'll be focused on the local market.     
    
"I'm really excited to kind of be on the ground level of it," Ashby said. "I mean, it's been a really good year for craft beer in Memphis and I'm anxious to see how it grows."

They're still working on the custom made tap handles, complete with the new Memphis Made logo. The kegs are in the cooler ready for delivery first thing Friday morning.

The first pints will be poured at the Flying Saucer's downtown and Cordova restaurants Friday night.

"I'm probably going to breath a big sigh of relief and then I will quickly grab a pint and have a beer myself," Barton said.  

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