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Learn how to make your own beer Saturday at the Cooper-Young Farmers Market

July 07, 2011 By: mike Category: Events, Homebrew, Memphis

Cooper-Young Community Farmers MarketIn addition to the homegrown blueberries, beans and beets, there will be beer — homebrewed beer — at the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market this Saturday.

Drew Barton, a Memphian and former head brewer at Asheville, N.C.’s French Broad Brewing Co., will lead a homebrewing demonstration from 9:30 to 10 a.m. and then from 10:30 to 11.

Barton will be brewing a batch of beer using malt extract, which is perfect for people interested in getting into the hobby.

The event is called “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Homebrewing (But Were Afraid to Ask)” and is being held in partnership with organizers of the Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest, which is coming up Oct. 15.

“We were looking for a way to partner with the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market, an organization that has a local focus similar to ours,” said Andy Ashby, beer festival chairman.

“Homebrewing is a great way to learn about beer and education is one of our festival’s main focuses. Selfishly, we figure the more that people homebrew, the more they’ll enjoy craft beer, meaning more local bars will carry it!”

Barton, a committee member for the Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest, will also answer any questions about homebrewing, commercial brewing or beer in general.

In addition to the demonstration, homebrewing kits from Midsouth Malts, a homebrewing supply store at 741 N. White Station, will be for sale.

The Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market takes place 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday in the parking lot of First Congregational Church, at the corner of Cooper and Walker. It runs from April 30 to Oct. 29.

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