Love beer? Get on the bus.
Stephen Guenther, owner of Historical Haunts Ghost Tours, launched the Memphis Brew Bus last week. He had the bus for ghost tours. Memphis has an expanding craft beer scene. The Brew Bus was born.
"We have six breweries now and a couple more coming online," Guenther says. "We're really developing an upscale craft beer scene that adds to the booze and blues of Beale Street."
- Memphis Brew Bus
- Crosstown Brewing
About half of the tour's customers are from out of state, Guenther says, finding the tour on TripAdvisor, Expedia, and more. At night, he says, they want to walk Beale Street or see some live music. A beer tour gives visitors something to do during the afternoon.
Round-trip tours leave from The Broom Closet (546 S. Main) at 2 p.m. and return at 5:30 p.m. The bus fits about 20, and tours hit three breweries, either Ghost River, Memphis Made, Crosstown Brewing, Meddlesome Brewing, or High Cotton.
Along the way, tourists are treated to a sort of Memphis variety show from a well-known local voice, Ric Chetter. His recorded "show" for the beer bus features beer stories, trivia, and Memphis music. The bus also has a cooler for extra beers bought at breweries as well as snacks and water.
A ticket will get you one free sample at each brewery and, of course, you're welcome to buy more. It'll also get you tours of the facility and chats with brewers.
"The tours are focused on the brewers, their passions and their uniqueness," Guenther says. "It's not really a red-Solo-cup-how-much-can-I-drink tour."