CY Beerfest bringing the brews Oct. 13
By Toby Sells/Cooper-Young beer festival committee
Love beer? Love Cooper-Young?
Then come and grab a beer with your neighbors on Saturday, Oct. 13 for the third annual Cooper-Young Regional Beer Festival. It will again be in the parking lot of Lifelink Church, just west of the corner of Walker and Cooper.
The Cooper-Young beer festival is different than other beer festivals in Memphis in two crucial ways: The festival is a fundraiser and only independent breweries are invited.
All (as in 100 percent) of the funds raised by the event go to the Cooper-Young Community Association to keep our cool, safe neighborhood cool and safe. Last year the festival raised about $11,500 for the CYCA.
You can get all of the beers you will find at the beer festival in just one day’s drive of Memphis. This puts the “regional” in the Cooper-Young Regional Beer Festival.
Many of the brewers loved at last year’s festival will return and many with new stuff to try. Brewers from states never represented at the beer festival will show off their goods, giving us new road trips to take and new excuses to stop and have a beer.
The festival will have more food this year than in years past with some delicious food trucks for those quick bites between beers.
Education will again be a major focus of the festival with the revival of the ever-popular Beer Tent Revival where our brewers preach the gospel of what they do and how they do it. Brewers are scheduled to speak throughout the day and questions, of course, are encouraged.
We keep the festival smaller than most to make sure there’s rarely a line and that people can talk to brewers at their tents.
Tickets are now available at our website, beerfest.cooperyoung.org, where you can also get the latest news on the festival and an ever-updating list of the brewers secured for the festival. Tickets are $30 before the day of the festival and $35 at the gate on festival day. CYCA members get a $5 discount.
The festival is made possible with the crucial help of the Cooper-Young Community Association, Goner Records, Celtic Crossing, Central BBQ, and Stone Soup Cafe.