Thursday, August 20, 2015

Fall Beer Garden Planned for Third Street Fire Station

Posted By on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 8:35 AM

The team behind this past spring's Tennessee Brewery Revival beer garden will host another pop-up beer event this fall in the abandoned Fire Station No. 3 on Third at Dr. MLK, Jr. Avenue downtown.

Benjamin Orgel, Paul Stephens, Logan Scheidt, and Central BBQ’s J.C. Youngblood are partnering to host the "Station 3: The Memphis Firehaus" at Fire Station No. 3. On Thursday through Sundays from October 1st through November 30th, the long-vacant fire station will be transformed into a beer garden and sports-watching venue.

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“Our strong partnerships and growing relationships proved that the Revival couldn’t be our finale,” said Benjamin Orgel, whose father Billy Orgel is renovating the long-vacant Tennessee Brewery into apartments. “We’re excited to reignite the good times for the greater Memphis community in another newly activated downtown space.”

Station No. 3 opened in the mid-1800s. It's been closed as a fire station for years, but it saw a brief second life as a nightclub and recording studio owned by Chips Moman. Beatles member Ringo Starr once recorded there. Orgel is the current owner of the vacant space.

The idea for holding a beer garden in the firehouse was inspired by a group of Memphis firefighters from downtown's Station No. 1, who frequented the Revival beer garden last spring for lunches on Thursdays and Fridays.

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“The firemen became instant friends and loyal customers at the Brewery,” said Orgel. “Then, upon continuing our evolution with a fall concept, it clicked: Let’s dedicate the creative and charitable aspects of our next project to our Memphis firemen’s service.”

Beer sales from opening night will be donated to the travel fund of a Memphis firefighter who travels weekly to St. Louis for leukemia treatment.

Local and regional breweries High Cotton, Memphis Made, Ghost River, and Tennessee Brew Works will offer specialty beers during the event. There will be food trucks and live music in the courtyard.

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