Although it has shortened its name, the neighborhood’s beer festival is coming back bigger and better than ever.
The Cooper-Young Beerfest will celebrate its sixth year with around 32 breweries and brewpubs as well as two local home brew clubs. The festival will take place in a single session on Saturday, Oct. 17th, 1-5 p.m. at Midtown Autowerks.
Previously known as the Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest, the festival has dropped “regional” from the title but is keeping the focus on craft brewers within a day’s drive of Memphis.
“After five successful years, we have established a reputation,” Mark Morrison, chairman of the organizing committee, said. “Our attendees know we are focused on regional beers, so we thought we would simplify the name a little.”
While tweaking the name and adding more breweries (including several new ones), many of the things that differentiate the Cooper-Young Beerfest are staying the same.
For example, 100 percent of the proceeds go to the Cooper-Young Community Association, a non-profit organization focused on improving the neighborhood.
Also, the festival requires breweries to send a representative who works for the company, which means that attendees can learn more about what they’re drinking. Instead of getting a beer from a volunteer who might not know anything about the beer they are pouring, you might be getting your beer from the brewer who created the recipe and actually brewed it.
Finally, ticket sales are limited so that people have time to enjoy and talk about the beer, instead of standing in long lines waiting for their next sip. This year, the organizers expect to have approximately 1,000 attendees.
In addition to great craft beer, attendees will be able to enjoy food from Cooper-Young favorites Central BBQ, Stone Soup Café, and Sweet Grass. Goner Records will be providing the music.
Sponsors for this year’s festival also include Ballingers BP, Central BBQ, Combustion, Cooper-Young Community Association, Goner Records, Madison Avenue Growler Shop, Memphis Made Brewing Co., Midtown AutoWerks, Stone Soup Café, and Sweet Grass.
Because of the growing popularity of the event and the limited number of tickets, the Cooper-Young Beerfest has sold out every year, and the organizing committee doesn’t expect this year to be any different. In fact, Mark said that ticket sales have surpassed the previous five years so far. As a result, you shouldn’t wait to buy your tickets if you want to go.
Tickets are on sale now for $40, and members of the CYCA get a $5 discount. For the discount code, please email or contact the CYCA at firstname.lastname@example.org. For ticket sales and more information, including an up-to-date list of breweries, go to www.cybeerfest.org.