Countdown to the CY Regional Beer Festival

By Andy Ashby
The Cooper-Young Regional Beer Festival will be held from 1-5pm on Saturday, October 9, in the parking lot south of LifeLink Memphis at the corner of Cooper and Walker. Tickets are on sale and are only available online at the Cooper-Young Community Association website, cooperyoung.org. Tickets are $25 for CYCA members and $30 for non-members. All proceeds go to support the work of the CYCA.
More than 10 breweries and homebrew clubs will be pouring at this event, several of which aren’t available regularly in the Memphis market. These breweries are all within a one-day’s drive of Memphis, proving that you don’t have to drive to Colorado or Oregon to get a great craft beer.
Memphis’ numerous farmers markets are based on the idea that fresh, local produce and meat are better than mass-produced food. The same principal applies to beer. Why drink a flavorless lager manufactured miles away when you can have a flavorful ale made down the street?
I toured the Budweiser brewery in St. Louis, and it reminded me of the human-harvesting fields from the Matrix with endless rows of brewing tanks extending as far as the eye could see. It’s a very different experience from the Saturday brew tour at Ghost River Brewing Co. where Chuck Skypeck or Jimmy Randall, the guys who actually make the beer, might be giving the tour.
There are only 400 tickets available for the Beer Festival in order to allow attendees time and space to talk with the brewers and learn about what they are drinking. There will also be an education tent, where people can learn about beer and brewing from the brewers themselves.
Local sponsors include Au Fond Farmtable and Celtic Crossing, who will be providing dinners for brewers and volunteers. Chef Ben Vaughn and Au Fond Farmtable will also be selling food at the event. Music for the festival will be provided by The Visible School, a music college currently operating at LifeLink Memphis.
Many volunteers have put in hours of work organizing this festival. A big thanks goes out to Josh Spickler, Mark Morrison, Toby Sells, Nathan Coppedge, Trevor Kearney, and Edmund Mackey for serving on the Beer Festival committee. The Cooper-Young Community Association board, especially volunteer coordinator Beth Pulliam, have also put time and effort into this event, as well as community director Maggie Cardwell. Local artist Adam Schellabarger has dedicated his talent by designing the Beer Festival’s logo and poster.
If you are interested in volunteering at this event, please contact Trevor Kearney at cybeerfest@gmail.com. Please let him know if you have Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission training. For all other inquiries, please contact Andy Ashby at cybeerfest@gmail.com or call (901)691-2396.

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