By Toby Sells
Handcrafted beers and a sense of community will flow together during the inaugural Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 1-5pm in the Lifelink Church parking lot at 1015 South Cooper Street. The festival focuses on independent brewers in the Southeast, less than a one-day’s drive from Memphis, as well as on education. These two emphases make the Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest the only festival of its kind in Memphis.
Nine brewers and one homebrew club will be pouring up frosty mugs of their one-of-a-kind beers that they’ve crafted themselves with love and ingenuity. These brewers will welcome questions either at their tables or in the festival education tent, which will feature question-and-answer sessions and lectures about beer and beer-making.
“The main idea behind this festival is akin to the philosophy behind farmers’ markets,” said Beerfest organizer Andy Ashby. “If you have a farmer who grows vegetables close to you, why would you buy your produce from Mexico? So, if a brewer is only three hours away and their beer is locally available, why wouldn’t you drink their beer?”
Tickets for this event are $25 for CYCA members and $30 for non-members and are available exclusively at cooperyoung.org. Tickets are limited with less than 300 remaining. Any unsold tickets will be available the day of the festival for $5 more, cash only. All proceeds from the event will go to the Cooper-Young Community Association for neighborhood resources and projects, like maintaining the Trestle Art over Cooper Street. Sponsors for the event include the Cooper-Young Community Association, Lifelink Church, Memphis Flyer, Au Fond Farmtable, and Celtic Crossing.
The festival will feature food to purchase from Au Fond Farmtable and live music provided by Visible School. The following brewers will bring two or more beers to pour.
Ghost River Brewing Co. (Memphis)
Boscos Brewing Co. (Memphis)
Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs (Memphis)
Lazy Magnolia (Kiln, MS)
Schlafly Brewing (St. Louis, MO)
Yazoo Brewing Co. (Nashville, TN)
French Broad Brewing (Asheville, NC)
Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co. (Asheville, NC)
Vino’s Brewpub (Little Rock, AR)
Abita Brewing Co. (Abita Springs, LA)