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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.

Pub crawl Saturday in Overton Square to benefit National MS Society

February 29, 2012 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events, Memphis

On Saturday afternoon, have a pint (or maybe a few!) in Overton Square and raise money for a good cause.

The second-annual “MS Pub Crawl” will hit up five different bars around Overton Square in Midtown Memphis.

The event starts at 2 p.m. at Boscos Squared, then goes to the Bayou Bar & Grill, Blue Monkey, Molly’s La Casita, Dublin House, and then back to the Bayou, where the festivities finish around 6 p.m.

The cost is $20 and includes a commemorative T-Shirt and enters you into a drawing to win a free trip to Las Vegas.

The event is sponsored by the Memphis Brewer’s Association, and proceeds benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system and affects 400,000 Americans.

The pub crawl is the first of two beer-related events benefiting research for MS in March. The third annual Brew Movement, a craft beer and homebrew tasting event, will be held March 15, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., at the Chickasaw Oaks Village.

Memphis’ Bluff City Brewers to host ‘Learn to Homebrew Day’ on Saturday

November 10, 2011 By: mike Category: Events, Homebrew, Memphis

Brew kettle

Want to learn to make your own beer?

On Saturday (Nov. 12), Memphis’ homebrew club, the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs, will host “Learn to Homebrew Day” at Overton Square in Midtown.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the parking lot next to The Bayou Bar & Grill on Madison. It takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs logo

Attendees will learn about hops, malt and yeast, how to brew from an extract kit or from grain, and how to bottle or keg beer.

Bluff City Brewers members will conduct homebrewing demonstrations and answer questions.

Homebrewing kits from Midsouth Malts will be for sale and several varieties of homebrew will be available to sample.

The American Homebrewers Association founded “Learn to Homebrew Day” in 1999 to introduce people to the hobby of homebrewing and to promote relationships with local homebrew shops. The event has since been held annually each November.

Learn to Brew Day in Memphis

November 01, 2010 By: mike Category: Beer learnin', Events, Homebrew, Memphis

Have you ever wanted to learn to brew your own beer?

This Saturday (Nov. 6) Memphis’ homebrew club, the Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs, will host “Learn to Brew Day” near Overton Square in Midtown.

FuzzyBrew at work

Brew day for FuzzyBrew

The free event, which starts at 9:30 a.m. and goes until early afternoon, will include a demonstration of basic homebrewing techniques for beginner and intermediate brewers. One batch will be brewed using extract, and an all-grain batch will be made using the three-tier method.

The event will be held in the parking lot of The Villa, 2094 Madison (across the lot from Paulette’s), and is sponsored by Bayou Bar & Grill, Boscos and Mid-South Malts.

Samples of homebrewed beer will be handed out and local brewers will be giving talks on hops, malts and the basics of brewing. A homebrew kit and gift certificates will be given away as prizes.

The event is sanctioned by the American Homebrewers Association, which founded “Teach a Friend to Homebrew Day” in 1999 to introduce people to the hobby of homebrewing and to promote relationships with local homebrew shops. The event has since been held annually on the first Saturday in November.