It's time The World on Wheels hit the bluesiest street on earth, Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee.
Three blocks of wall-to-wall bars and nightclubs with only the occasional souvenir store to break it up.
On this crawl, we hit three of them, starting with the Beale Street Taproom. Upon entering, it becomes immediately obvious that smoking is still allowed in Tennessee bars. As we're just in the beginning stages of a cold, the smoky air grabs at our throats and makes breathing a bit labored.
The taproom boasts 60 taps on the wall and we take advantage of them to try a Schafly Kolsch. Schafly is a St. Louis brewery working in the shadow of the giant Anheiser Busch there. They are making some inroads, though, as the owner told me in an e-mail that they're available on tap in Busch Stadium there.
It tastes like a good light beer but is still better than the King of Beers that in competes against.
The Beale Street Taproom is also remembered as the place that Letty started her love affair with Fireball Whiskey, a Canadian cinnamon flavored version.
Next was Alfred's on Beale where a nice, rock due serenaded us as we tried the Ghost River Ale, which turned out to have a bit of a sour taste that Letty really liked. We also tried the Yazoo Dos Beeros which had a hint of sweetness. Yes, that's right, sweet 'n sour at Alfreds.
Yuengling is also on tap all over Memphis so we tried America's oldest beer here too. Pretty good.
Last was Rum Boogie where Darren Jay and the Delta Souls pumped out some great blues while we tried Sam Adams...a decent lager we've had many times before...and Batch 19, a pre-prohibition style lager made by Coors that is actually pretty darn decent, better than the Sam Adams that we're drinking against it.
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