The best beer festival in Memphis was even better this year with Saturday’s sold-out 2013 Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest.
Organizers sold the same number of tickets as last year — 700 — but increased the space for brewers and patrons by moving from a church parking lot to the front lot at the roomier Midtown Autowerks. And there was more beer than ever with over 20 breweries pouring samples and two local homebrew clubs at the 4th annual event.
All the breweries at the fest are within a day’s drive of Memphis, which gives the Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest a strong local feel. That was affirmed by the slogan on this year’s T-shirt: “Great Beer, Better Community.” All funds raised by the event go to the Cooper-Young Community Association.
Here are some photos and observations from the fest:
Hattiesburg, Miss.’s Southern Prohibition Brewing, which hopes to start distribution of its 16-oz. cans in Memphis in 2014, brought samples of its Suzy B, Devil’s Harvest and Mississippi Fire Ant, all very solid beers.