Craft beer fans converged on Handy Park off Beale Street in Downtown Memphis on Saturday for the 3rd annual River City Brewers Festival.
More than 100 different beers were served, from craft beers to homebrews provided by the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs. There were also plenty of free food samples, from chicken wings to steaks to pork sliders.
Unlike last year’s festival, which was soaked by rain, Mother Nature cooperated, delivering a perfect 85-degree sunny day.
There were two tasting sessions — Session A from noon to 4 p.m., followed by Session B from 6 to 10 p.m. Festival attendees received a commemorative 5-ounce tasting glass and could sample as many beers as they liked.
Some of my favorites were New Belgium’s Shift Lager, Red Brick’s Old Stock Ale, O’Fallon’s Hemp Hop Rye and Widmer Brothers’ Pitch Black IPA.
The sun was on full blast during Session A.
Justin tapped the first keg of Yazoo Brewing Company’s Gerst Amber Ale in Memphis.
Gerst beer, created by William Gerst in 1893, has been recreated by Yazoo.
Boscos Squared’s brewer Adam served up Memphis-brewed craft beer.
Atlanta’s Red Brick Brewing, which has been distributing in Memphis for about a year, served its fantastic Stock Ale in addition a Blonde and Brown.
Laughing Skull Amber Ale, another excellent offering from Red Brick, was served.
The Patrick Dodd Band provided the soundtrack for the day.
Just what everyone needs: a PBR toaster.
A hoppy highlight was New Belgium’s Shift Lager, which made its Memphis debut.
Lazy Magnolia brought a keg of its new Southern Hops’pitality IPA, as well as the Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale, Deep South Pale Ale and Jefferson Stout.
And, of course, there was cornhole!