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Beer lovers converge on AutoZone Park for sold-out 2012 Memphis Brewfest

April 23, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events, Homebrew, Memphis

Memphis Brewfest - 2012The 3rd annual Memphis Brewfest drew a capacity crowd to AutoZone Park on Saturday, selling out all 2,200 tickets and drawing an additional 150 volunteers.

It was a perfect spring day to be in Downtown Memphis. We actually started the day at the Southern Hot Wing Festival, filling up on chicken before walking to AutoZone Park for the 4 p.m. start of the beer festival.

Over 190 beers were poured at the event, ranging from craft beers like Nebraska’s Lucky Bucket IPA and Atlanta’s Sweetwater 15th Anniversary Ale to international beers like Mythos from Greece. In addition, the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs had tables at both ends of the concourse, serving homebrews that included a summer ale, a watermelon wheat beer and some great IPAs.

I had so much fun Saturday that I didn’t get to take many photos. But here are a few!

Memphis Brewfest-outsideThe courtyard area of AutoZone park had beer stations, a stage for a band, and was a great spot to warm up in the sun.
Memphis Brewfest-insideThere were 26 beer stations in all, with most lining the concourse area of the park.

Memphis Brewfest - GrantA necklace made out of pretzels, like the one worn here by Grant, came in handy when sampling lots of beers.

Memphis Brewfest - MikeI didn’t drink any Dos Equis, but I did make sure to take my picture with the “The Most Interesting Man In the World.” Also, check out the sweet Sun Studio-inspired shirt made for the festival by Yazoo Brewing Company.

Memphis Brewfest - bandMusic was provided by The Brit Stokes Band from Nashville.

What beers did you try for the first time at the festival, and what were your favorites? Leave a comment below.

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