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2nd annual Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival coming up Nov. 1

October 27, 2013 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events

Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival

The second annual Arkansas Times Craft Beer Festival is coming up this week on Friday, Nov. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m., in North Little Rock.

The festival, presented by the Argenta Arts District, will feature over 50 breweries pouring over 250 beers. Food from eight local restaurants will be served, and Edwards Food Giant will be grilling up brats. Food and beer is included in the ticket price.

Tickets are $35 in advance/$40 at the door and can be purchased online now.

The event will be held at the Argenta Farmer’s Market Plaza, 520 N. Main St., in North Little Rock.

Better location, same great vibe for sold-out 2013 Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest

October 21, 2013 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Homebrew, Memphis

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:

Josh Spickler at Cooper-Young Regional BeerfestCYRBF committee member Josh Spickler raises his glass.

Memphis Brewers AssociationThe Memphis Brewers Association poured samples of homebrew at the fest. The Mexican Chocolate Sweet Stout was particularly good.

Southern ProhibitionHattiesburg, 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.

Uban Chestnut at CYRBFSt. Louis’ Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, which poured its Wing Nut and STLIPA, among others, was a highlight of the festival.

Blackstone at CYRBFFresh off a silver medal win at last weekend’s Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Nashville’s Blackstone Brewing Company featured its award-winning St. Charles Porter and other beers.

Bluff City Brewers at CYRBFThe Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs homebrew club had nearly a dozen beers on tap for the event.

Wiseacre at Beer Tent RevivalDavin and Kellan Bartosch, of Memphis’ Wiseacre Brewing, were among the brewers who spoke at the Beer Tent Revival.

Girls Pint OutThe Memphis chapter of Girls Pint Out, which aims to “promote solidarity between beer drinkers of the fairer sex,” had a table at the festival.

Whole Foods in East Memphis to host Friday beer samplings for next 4 weeks

October 18, 2013 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Whole FoodsStarting today and continuing for the next three Fridays, the Whole Foods Market in East Memphis, 5022 Poplar Avenue, is hosting a Friday evening craft beer tasting on its patio featuring a different brewery each night.

From 4 to 8 p.m., there will be free beer samples and $1.99 longnecks, along with different give-aways and food.

Today’s tasting features Yazoo Brewing Company’s Fall Lager. Yazoo’s Ivan Chester will be on hand for the event. There will be loaded gourmet dogs for sale for $2 and some free snacks, too. There’s also swag with a purchase of a 6-pack or 4-pack, and Hop Project is $1 off.

Here’s the rest of the line-up:

Friday, Oct. 25: Schlafly

Friday, Nov. 1: Wiseacre

Friday, Nov. 8: Sierra Nevada

Choose901 highlights Memphis’ Wiseacre Brewing Co. [VIDEO]

October 18, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis, Video

Choose901 highlights Wiseacre Brewing Company’s Davin and Kellan Bartosch in its latest “Choose901 TV” web video series. Wiseacre will be one of the many breweries at Saturday’s sold-out Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest.

Check it out:

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