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Cooper-Young Farmers Market to feature homebrewing demonstration on Sept. 24

September 14, 2011 By: mike Category: Events, Homebrew, Memphis

Cooper-Young Community Farmers MarketThe Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest is partnering again with the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market to teach people in Memphis and the Mid-South about making their own beer.

The Farmers Market will host “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Homebrewing (But Were Afraid to Ask),” the second in a series of homebrewing demonstrations, on Sept. 24.

Homebrewer Clark Ortkiese, of the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs, will lead the demonstration. The event starts at 10:30 a.m. and takes place at the market in the parking lot of First Congregational Church, at the corner of Cooper and Walker.

In addition to the demonstration, homebrewing kits from Midsouth Malts, a homebrewing supply store at 741 N. White Station, will be for sale. And tickets for the second-annual Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest, coming up Oct. 15,  will also be sold.

On July 9, Drew Barton, a Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest committee member and former head brewer at Asheville, N.C.’s French Broad Brewing Co., gave a brewing demonstration to kick off this educational series.

The Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market takes place 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on every Saturday from April 30 to Oct. 29.


Recap of the Cooper Young Regional Beerfest

October 10, 2010 By: mike Category: Events, Memphis

The Bluff City Brewers and Connoisseurs table at the Cooper Young Regional Beerfest

Saturday was a milestone for us at FuzzyBrew.com — the first public tasting of one of our homebrews.

Jeff and I served an American Stout at the sold-out Cooper Young Regional Beerfest. We were really happy with how the beer came out, and also got a lot of great feedback.

It was a perfect October day for the festival, which was in its inaugural year and drew a crowd of 400, plus lots of brewers and volunteers.

It was a great size for a beer festival. Not a lot of walking required, and no long lines, so it was easy to try everything you wanted. And the four hours we spent serving beer flew by.

I missed out on the education tent, where brewers talked about their beers and answered questions.

I did, however, get to sample some beers. The best beers I tried were Ashville Brewing Company‘s Ninja Porter, follow by Schlalfly‘s Dry-Hopped APA. Other breweries at the festival were Ghost River Brewing, Boscos, Abita (which served from bottles), French Broad, Lazy Magnolia, Vino’s and Yazoo. More later on an interesting contraption named “Marvin” used by Boscos for extra hop flavor and aroma.

We shared a table and tent at the festival with B.C., Matt and Richard, who are fellow members of the Bluff City Brewers and Connoisseurs and who brought some really good beers.

At the homebrewers’ table, the most popular beers were the Ginger Snap Ale (it floated fast), Coriander Hefeweizen and the Honey Blond, all lighter beers that were a good option for people with all the heavier beers served by the craft breweries around us. People who tried our stout liked it, but it wasn’t the first choice for most people. Good thing to know when brewing for an event like this.

Overall, we had an absolute blast.

Thanks to Andy Ashby and the other organizers of the Cooper Young Regional Beerfest.

We tried a lot of good beer and got to share ours. We met good people who brew beer, people who love to drink beer, and even a few readers of our blog. And we learned quite a bit in the process.

We’ll definitely be back.

FuzzyBrew's set-up