Tickets are now on sale for the Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest, which will feature more craft breweries and homebrewers in its second year.
The Midtown Memphis festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 15, in the Lifelink Church parking lot, 1015 S. Cooper.
Last year, there were 500 tickets available, and the event sold out. This year, capacity has been expanded to 700.
“This year we’re selling more tickets, but only because we’ve also added breweries,” said Andy Ashby, beer festival chairman. “We want to keep the festival’s informal feel. That’s one reason we do 14-ounce cups. We want people to have time to talk with brewers and each other, not just stand in line.”
New breweries/brewpubs this year are Bayou Teche Brewing (Arnaudville, La.), Oyster House Brewing Co. (Asheville, N.C.), Green Man Brewery (Asheville) and Refined Ale Brewery (Little Rock, Ark.). More breweries may still be announced, organizers say.
Returning breweries include Boscos (Memphis), Ghost River Brewing (Memphis), Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co. (Kiln, Miss.), Yazoo Brewing Co. (Nashville), Vino’s Brewpub (Little Rock, Ark.), Schlafly Beer (St. Louis), Abita Brewing Co. (Abita Springs, La.), French Broad Brewing Co. (Asheville) and Asheville Brewing Co. (Asheville).
Memphis’ homebrew club, the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs, had five brewers at the festival last year. This year, a dozen homebrewers have signed up to serve their beers, and the club will also conduct a homebrew demonstration.
In addition, there will be a beer education tent – the “Beer Tent Revival” – where brewers will talk about their beers and answer questions.
“We’ll have Goner Records spinning records at the festival, keeping with our theme that local is better,” Ashby added. “We’ll have more Cooper-Young food vendors this year. Festival sponsor Central BBQ will be joined by Sweet Grass and Stone Soup Cafe.”
Tickets are $30; Cooper-Young Community Association members get a $5 discount. If tickets remain, they will sell for $35 at the door.
So, who’s excited? We sure are. All three of us who blog at FuzzyBrew will be there serving our beers with the Bluff City Brewers. We’ll let you know soon what we’re bringing. Our homebrews are bubbling away.