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Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest, Oktoberfest Squared set for rainy Saturday

October 09, 2014 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Saturday’s double feature of Memphis beer events — Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest and Oktoberfest Squared — is looking like a wet one, and we’re not just talking suds here.

There’s a 60 percent chance for storms on Saturday, according to the latest weather reports, and festival organizers are planning for rain.

“For the first time, there is rain forecast for the CY Beerfest this Saturday. This is a rain-or-shine event since we have brewers from around the region in town, and they have to leave Sunday to get back to making the fresh beer you love,” according to a post Wednesday on the Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest Facebook page. “We are getting bigger tents than we originally planned so that there will be more cover in case it rains. Please look at the forecast before you head out and bring your raincoat/umbrella if it looks like rain.”

Earlier, there was this humorous tweet:

The Cooper-Young event, which is sold out, goes from 1 to 5 p.m. and will be held at 795 S. Cooper.

Oktoberfest SquaredMeanwhile, just down the road, there will be another festive beer gathering, and it’s free to attend.

Overton Square is hosting Oktoberfest Squared in the Tower Courtyard from noon to 10 p.m.

Samuel Adams Oktoberfest will be flowing, and there will be a stein-hoisting competition at  7:30 p.m., with a chance to win a trip to Boston and a VIP tour of the Sam Adams brewery.

The music line-up features Deering & Down, 2 Mule Plow, Bluff City Backsliders, Dueling Pianos from Beale Street, and the traditional Oompah band, Sauerkraut Six.

Memphis Made Brewing to host inaugural “Cooper York Festival” on Saturday

September 09, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Memphis

Memphis Made Cooper-Young Poster

On Saturday, tens of thousands of people will converge on Midtown for the annual Cooper-Young Festival.

Memphis Made Brewing Co., which calls Cooper-Young home, will be throwing its own party in the brewery’s parking lot, 768 S. Cooper, to coincide with the neighborhood festivities.

The inaugural “Cooper York Festival” — Memphis Made sits at Cooper and York, just down the road from Young — will feature games, food and craft brews from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“We’ll have Lucid Kolsch and Soulful Ginger, plus we’re brewing up an IPA with some New Zealand hops,” said Memphis Made’s Andy Ashby.

The event will feature food from Central BBQ and (soon-to-be-neighbor) Aldo’s Pizza Pies and games like Giant Jenga and corn hole. In addition, Memphis Made will be selling merchandise such as t-shirts, glasses and onesies.

Finally, there will be a Memphis Grizzlies-supported basketball art show, “No Easy Buckets: A Celebration of Art and Basketball,” presented by Double Scribble, as well as a pop-up basketball court and Grizz Gear.

So if you’re headed to Cooper-Young Saturday, be sure to stop at Cooper-York…

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

Memphis Made expands capacity at Cooper-Young brewery, releases new IPA

July 26, 2014 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Memphis

Drew Barton at Memphis Made

Drew Barton, head brewer at Memphis Made Brewing, stands next to the brewery’s new 30-barrel fermenters. The expansion brings Memphis Made’s capacity to roughly 1,500 barrels per year.

Press release:

Memphis Made Brewing Co. Growing Operations

Less than a year after starting production, Memphis’ newest brewery has already expanded its capacity.

Memphis Made Brewing Co., located in Cooper­-Young, has installed three new fermenters which will allow it to brew more than twice as much fresh, local beer.

“We’re following our growth plan, although this expansion has come a little sooner than we thought,” Andy Ashby, co­-founder of Memphis Made, said. “The demand for more local beer has been great and we’re working as hard as we can to fill it.”

Memphis Made currently sells and distributes kegs and bottled beer to more than 60 bars, restaurants, grocery stores and liquor stores throughout Shelby County.

This expansion will allow the company, which opened last October, to start adding more accounts.

Part of the reason Memphis Made has been able to expand is due to its hand­-bottled offerings, paired with liquor stores being able to carry low­-gravity beers.

Memphis Made hand­ bottles its beer in 750 milliliter bottles, changing styles every month or so. It’s currently releasing Bear Cat, an unfiltered India Pale Ale with Simcoe, Chinook, Citra and Mosaic hops.

The brewery has added several liquor store accounts since the law changed in early July, starting with Yorkshire Liquors in East Memphis.

“We’re really excited to carry more local beer,” Jeff Howell, co­-owner of Yorkshire Liquors, said. “The changes in the law have opened up a lot of new offerings for us, including the Memphis Made beers. Our customers really like a good variety of beers, especially the local ones, and it’s been good to be able to offer these.”