By Andy Ashby
The Cooper-Young Community Association is holding a beer festival this October centered on one of the guiding principals of our neighborhood: locality. There are no chain restaurants or retailers in Cooper-Young and residents pride themselves on our neighborhood’s uniqueness. Our beer festival should be no different.
The Cooper-Young Regional Beer Festival will be held from 1-5pm, October 9 at the parking lot south of LifeLink Memphis at 1015 S. Cooper St. The event will feature breweries, brew pubs, and brew clubs within a one-day drive of Memphis. Three Memphis brewers, Ghost River Brewing, Boscos, and Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs, have committed to the event, in addition to Yazoo Brewing Co. (Nashville, TN), Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co. (Kiln, MS), Schlafly Beer (St. Louis, MO), French Broad Brewing (Asheville, NC), and Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co. (Asheville, NC). This list is expected to grow.
Only 400 tickets will be sold to allow people ample time to taste the beers and ask questions of the brewers. In addition to the brewery tables, there will be an education tent where brewery representatives and beer experts will share their philosophy of brewing and talk about their beers. Tickets go on sale August 20 and will only be available online at the CYCA website, cooperyoung.org. Tickets are $25 for CYCA members and $30 for non-members. All proceeds go to support the work of the CYCA.
This event will be held rain or shine. Visible School, a music college currently located in LifeLink Memphis, will provide live music, while Au Fond Farmtable sells food on-site. In addition, chef Ben Vaughn and his crew will prepare a dinner for visiting brewers and Country Hearth Inns & Suites at Union and McLean will provide hotel rooms. Yellow Cab will be on-site, offering cab rides to festival attendees. Volunteers will enjoy free food and beer at Celtic Crossing following the festival.
If you are interested in volunteering at this event, please contact Trevor Kearney at email@example.com. Please let him know if you have Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission training. For all other inquiries, please contact Andy Ashby at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (901) 691-2396.