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Tickets on sale for 5th annual Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest

September 02, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Cooper-Young Regional BeerfestTickets are on sale now for the 5th annual Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest in Midtown Memphis.

The festival, a fundraising event for the Cooper-Young Community Association, features breweries within a day’s drive from Memphis, plus beer from Memphis-area homebrewers.

This year’s event is Saturday, October 11, from 1 to 5 p.m., in the parking lot of Midtown Autowerks, 795 South Cooper.

Tickets are $35. The event has sold out every year, so pick your tickets up soon. You can buy them here.

Meanwhile, here’s a list of the brewers slated for the 2014 festival:

Schlafly – St. Louis

Piney River – Bucyrus, MO

Exit 6 – St. Charles, MO

Charleville – Ste. Genevieve, MO

Black Warrior – Tuscaloosa, AL

O’Fallon – O’Fallon, MO

Yazoo – Nashville

Shipyard/Sea Dog – Memphis

Straight to Ale – Huntsville, AL

SweetWater – Atlanta

Bluegrass – Louisville, KY

Abita – Abita Springs, LA

Country Boy – Lexington, KY

Boscos – Memphis

Bluff City Brewers – Memphis

Rocket Republic – Huntsville, AL

High Cotton – Memphis

Southern Prohibition – Hattiesburg, MS

Cahaba – Birmingham, AL

Blue Pants – Madison, AL

Memphis Made – Memphis

Urban Chestnut – St. Louis

Wiseacre – Memphis

Ghost River – Memphis

Blue Stallion – Lexington, KY

Yalobusha – Water Valley, MS

West Sixth – Lexington, KY

Crooked Letter – Ocean Springs, MS

Memphis Brewers Association – Memphis

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.

Memphis Made beers make Memphis debut

October 14, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Distribution, Events, Memphis

Memphis Made debut

Memphis Made Brewing Company launched distribution in Memphis over the weekend, making it the third craft brewery to open for business in the Bluff City in the past year.

Founders Drew Barton and Andy Ashby tapped kegs of their brews at bars and restaurants Friday and Saturday. Those locations — Flying Saucer in Cordova and Downtown, Young Avenue Deli, Aldo’s Pizza Pies, Bardog Tavern and the Slider Inn — are the only places to buy Memphis Made on draft for now. Memphis Made is self-distributing and will slowly expand to other places in the coming weeks and months.

“There were a few hiccups, but overall it went well. People really seemed genuinely excited about trying new local beer,” Ashby said.

“It was great tapping kegs at the Flying Saucer where Drew and I met and where we learned a lot about beer. It was also fun being part of the Slider Inn’s Oktoberfest. The best part, however, was just getting a chance to chat with people about our passion: fresh, local beer.”

Memphis Made’s two inaugural brews are actually one-offs or special beers — offerings that won’t be in the production brewery’s year-round line-up.

South Cooper Saison is a brown saison that head brewer Barton fermented at 85 degrees with Belgian Saison yeast. It’s a complex beer with a hefty amount of spice and hints of banana.The Parkways Pale Ale, a malt-forward pale, was brewed with Nugget and Delta hops. Its name pays homage to Memphis’ parkway system and the streets that formed one of the city’s earliest boundaries.

“There was a great turn-out this weekend at both area Flying Saucer locations to receive a first taste of Memphis Made brew,” said Kirk Caliendo, Flying Saucer district manager.

“Both the saison and pale seemed to be even in popularity. I think the brown saison is my favorite of the two.”

This week, Barton said he is brewing a red ale with Munich malt, roasted malt, flaked oats, flaked barley and English hops.  After that, there will be a porter and a Belgian Wit on tap before Memphis Made unveils its IPA, the first of the brewery’s year-round beers. A Kolsch — Memphis Made’s other planned year-round beer — will follow later.

Cooper-Young Regional BeerfestMemphis Made is located at 768 S. Cooper, just south of Central, in the Cooper-Young neighborhood.

Barton and Ashby are among the organizers of the Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest, which is coming up this Saturday (Oct. 19) at Midtown Autowerks, 795 S. Cooper. The Midtown beer festival, which is in its 4th year, features craft beers from breweries within a day’s drive of Memphis.

This time, Barton and Ashby get to serve their own beer at their neighborhood festival.

“It’ll be strange, but in a good way,” Ashby said. “Drew and I helped start the festival with several friends years ago, so it will be fun to be on the other side of it.”

Cooper-Young Regional Beer Festival will have more beers, new location for 2013 event

September 11, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Homebrew, Memphis

Cooper-Young Regional BeerfestThe Cooper-Young Regional Beer Festival will have more brewers, more beer and a new location for the upcoming 2013 event.

The 4th annual beer fest will be held at Midtown Autowerks, 795 S. Cooper, on a spacious 2+ acres of property in the shadow of the iconic Cooper-Young trestle.

More than a dozen brewers have already committed, meaning this year’s festival is shaping up to be the biggest yet. New brewers from Missouri, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee have committed to pour their beers.

Tickets for this year’s event go on sale this Friday, September 13. Buy them online at cybeerfest.org. You can also buy tickets at the Cooper-Young Community Association booth at the Cooper-Young Festival on Saturday. Tickets are $35 per person in advance or $40 at the gate, if any tickets remain.

The Midtown beer festival features craft beers from breweries within a day’s drive of Memphis, as well as some of the best homebrew around.

For the latest on brewers and other festival news, connect with the Cooper-Young Regional Beer Festival on Facebook and Twitter.