By Andy Ashby
Wow! Another year is in the books, and it’s safe to say this year was a great success. The second annual Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest experienced strong online ticket sales and sold the remainder of its tickets within about an hour at the site. We were blessed with perfect weather and a real spirit of festivity all day. We worked hard, but it was a great time, and we raised money for an organization near and dear to us – the Cooper-Young Community Association.
However, we didn’t do it alone. We had great support from the attendees, volunteers, brewers, sponsors, and vendors. We’d like to thank our sponsors and vendors: the Cooper-Young Community Association, Central BBQ, Celtic Crossing, Goner Records, Lifelink Memphis, the Memphis Flyer, Memphis Sport Live, WEVL, Mid-South Malts, Southwestern Distributing, and Sweet Grass. It’s a great and diverse group of businesses and organizations with one thing in common: they went above and beyond to make our festival a success.
We’d also like to thank the brewers. They drove from near and far to share their passion for craft beer. We had folks drive from Atlanta, St. Louis, Nashville, and other places with truckloads of beer to donate to the cause. A big thanks to Schlafly, French Broad, Yazoo, Bayou Teche, Ashville Pizza, Green Man, the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs, Boscos, Abita, Red Brick, Oyster House, and Ghost River. From pouring beer to educating people at the Beer Tent Revival, they did a great job, and we really appreciate it.
The volunteers also deserve a big pat on the back. They took care of every detail so that people could sit back, relax, and have a craft brew. The volunteers set up, assisted brewers, hauled water, wrangled lost dogs, sold tickets, promoted the event, broke down, and countless other things. These volunteers worked really hard, not only on the day of the festival, but also year-round in planning the event.
I’d like to personally thank the Beerfest committee: Josh Spickler, Mark Morrison, Toby Sells, Drew Barton, Trevor Kearney, and Edmund Mackey. These guys went above the call of duty so many times, it’s not even funny. Their fingerprints are all over this festival. Special credit goes to the wives as well for all their support. Also, a special mention goes out to CYCA President June Hurt and husband Justin Hurt for manning the CYCA booth and to CYCA Community Director Kristan Huntley and husband Patrick Miller, for all their support, in the virtual world as well as the real world.
Finally, we’d like to thank the attendees. We really appreciate you spending your hard-earned money to hear us ramble on about craft beer. Your money goes straight to the CYCA, which publishes the Lamplighter, maintains the Cooper-Young Trestle Art, and does many things big and small throughout our neighborhood. Your support makes this work possible. We hope you learned a lot about craft beer, and we hope to drink a few with you when we see you around town. We’re almost always up for a pint of fresh regional beer. We truly thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and we hope to see you again next year. And by the way, if you have any suggestions for next year, email us at HYPERLINK “mailto:email@example.com” \t “_blank” firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andy Ashby is the chairman of the CY Regional Beerfest committee.