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Sold-out 5th annual Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest showcases best beers from South

October 13, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Homebrew, Memphis

Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest

The best beers in the South were on tap at the 5th annual Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest on Saturday.

The sold-out craft beer festival, which is a fundraising event for the Cooper-Young Community Association, showcases breweries within a day’s drive from Memphis, plus beer from Memphis-area homebrewers.

Rain had threatened the festival, but it stayed pretty dry, and the festival might have been the best yet. I felt the beers were particularly strong this year, featuring an impressive variety of styles, and the vibe was as laid-back as ever.

My goal this year was to sample beers from breweries that were largely unfamiliar to me. I had some really great beers  — so picking my favorites was tough — but here’s my Top 5 beers from the festival :

1. “Bourbon Barrel Cocoa Porter,” Country Boy Brewing, Lexington KY — This decadent beer was my favorite of Country Boy’s strong slate of offerings, delivering a rich cocoa flavor with a bourbon finish.

2. “Peanut Butter AstroNut Brown,” Rocket Republic Brewing Company, Madison, AL — People looked at me with raised eyebrows when I suggested they try the “peanut butter beer” from Rocket Republic, but I think a lot of folks were won over by this American Brown Ale. The peanut butter was surprisingly subtle, adding just enough sweetness to make this a beer a winner.

3. “Breakfast Stout,” Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs, Memphis, TN — Brewed by homebrewer Adam Steele, the recipe is essentially the “Brewing Classic Styles” oatmeal stout, using a Randall to infuse the beer with Ugly Mug coffee beans. Adam also cold-steeped the roasted grains, pasteurized them at 180 degrees for 10 minutes and added directly to the fermenter. The result was a delicious coffee stout.

4. “Brother Joseph’s Belgian Dubbel,” Straight to Ale, Huntsville, AL — At 8% ABV, this was a surprising smooth abbey-stye ale with enough flavor that I could still taste the rich malt and fruit character after sampling beers for 3.5 hours.

5. “Masked Bandit India Pale Ale,” Piney River Brewing Co., Bucyrus, MO — There were plenty of hoppy beers on tap at the festival, but I particularly liked this well-balanced black rye IPA., hopped with Amarillo, Citra and Centennial.

What were the best beers you tried? Leave a comment below.

Here are some more photos from the event:

Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest - crowdThe festival drew nearly 1,000 people and sold out in record time.

Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest - YazooNashville’s Yazoo Brewing Company is always a festival favorite. Yazoo’s Ivan Chester (not pictured) brought some special brews for the occasion.

Cooper-Young Regional BeerfestMemphis Made Brewing’s Andy Ashby poured beers at the festival that he helped found five years ago.

Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest - Bluff City BrewersBeers from the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs and Memphis Brewers Association — Memphis’ two homebrew clubs — were popular as always!

5th annual Brew Movement Against Multiple Sclerosis is Thursday at Pink Palace

February 24, 2014 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Homebrew, Memphis

The 5th annual Brew Movement Against Multiple Sclerosis, a beer tasting event that raises funds for the Mid South Chapter of the National MS Society, is coming up Thursday (Feb. 27) at the Pink Palace Museum in Memphis.

The event will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and will feature homebrew and craft beer, food, a silent auction and live music, all for a great cause.

Homebrew will be served from the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs and Memphis Brewers Association homebrew clubs, as well as Midsouth Malts and Bernoulli’s Beer Werks. There will also be craft beer on tap from Memphis’ High Cotton Brewing Co., Memphis Made Brewing, Wiseacre Brewing Company, Boscos and Ghost River Brewing, as well as beers from Yazoo, Shipyard, Southern Prohibition, Blue Pants, Lazy Magnolia, Schlafly and others.

Food offerings will be from Swanky’s Taco Shop (including food and beer pairings with High Cotton), Cheffie’s Cafe, Bayou Bar and Grill, Central BBQ and Tamp & Tap.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Tickets cans be purchased online here. The number of tickets available at the door will be limited.

To date, this annual event has raised in excess of $31,000, which has directly benefited the MS Society in continuing to improve the lives of individuals in the Mid-South who suffer from multiple sclerosis. MS is a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system and affects 400,000 Americans.

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New homebrew store, Bernoulli Brew Works, opening in Memphis soon

February 12, 2014 By: grant Category: Homebrew, Memphis

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The Memphis Business Journal is reporting that a new homebrew supply store is going into the Chickasaw Crossing Shopping Center at 2881 Poplar, near the Ben Hooks Library. The owners are planning the occasional event in the parking lot, too.

It’s slated to open at the end of the month.

The Journal reports:

The store’s hours, which could be tweaked, are from 6-9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; from 5-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Sease said.

Tickets on sale for 5th annual Brew Movement Against Multiple Sclerosis at Pink Palace

January 01, 2014 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Homebrew, Memphis

brew-movementTickets are on sale for the 5th annual Brew Movement Against Multiple Sclerosis, a beer tasting event that raises funds for the Mid South Chapter of the National MS Society.

The event will be held Thursday, February 27, at the Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central Avenue, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. It features homebrew and craft beer, food, a silent auction and live music, all for a great cause.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Tickets cans be purchased online here. The number of tickets available at the door will be limited.

To date, this annual event has raised in excess of $31,000, which has directly benefited the MS Society in continuing to improve the lives of individuals in the Mid-South who suffer from multiple sclerosis. MS is a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system and affects 400,000 Americans.