Five Reasons Go To The Cooper-Young Regional Beer Fest (2014 Edition)
The fifth annual Cooper-Young Regional Beer Fest is coming up on Saturday, October 11. Last year I gave you a few reasons why you should go to my favorite beer fest in town. Here's an updated version for this year's fest. (Also you should listen to the September I Love Memphis Podcast, which is all about Memphis craft beer and this festival.)
CONTEST. I'm also giving away two tickets to the Cooper Young Regional Beer Fest. Go here to read about how to enter.
Here are six reasons you should go to this year's CY Regional Beer Fest.
1. The Fest is a fundraiser for the CYCA. One hundred percent of the money made at the Fest goes to the Cooper-Young Community Association, which is entirely volunteer run. The CYCA helps organize Cooper-Young Fest, publishes the Lamplighter, and works to improve the residential and commercial locations in the neighborhood.
2. There will be twenty-eight regional/local breweries plus two local homebrew clubs. Last year, there were 24, and I tasted 19 of them (Literally just "tastes". Over several hours. With lots of water. Be responsible, ok?) Seriously, though, this is a big part of what makes the CYRBF so cool: all the breweries represented at the Fest are all from places within about a day's drive of Memphis. No Budweiser. Sorry, Sierra Nevada doesn't count, either.
You'll be able to taste unique brews that you can't get here, of course, plus try some new ones that have just arrived in Memphis, i.e., Southern Prohibition from my hometown of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, or Nashville-based Tenneesee Brew Works, which will rollout its Memphis distribution in the coming months.
3. Every brewery sends an ambassador. Think of the CYRBF as more of an intimate gathering of beer enthusiasts and experts than a mass of pourers at booths. You'll be able to talk to the brewery owners, the beer makers, and experts as they give you a taste. Some of them have great senses of humor, like the folks from Lore Brewing who last year went with a "Breaking Beer" theme for their "Something Awful" brew.
4. Limited number of tickets means shorter lines. A lot of beer festivals have long lines. It's not so bad, you get a pour, and you drink it while you're in line for the next one. On the other hand, CYRBF has a limited number of tickets (it sells out every year, buy your tickets now) so the lines should be shorter with more time to mingle in between pours. You can also enter the ticket contest here.
5. Anything can happen at the CY Beer Fest. Anytime you have a gathering of people who share a passion, something spontaneous and creative is bound to happen. A few years back, Chuck Skypeck of Ghost River Brewing brought out the very first bottle of Ghost River Golden and invited folks in the Beer Tent to "come down to the altar" to try it first. Another time, the folks from Vino's Brewpub in Little Rock found a recipe for an old Tennessee Brewing Company beer and made just one keg that folks got to taste. There's sure to be some magical beer moments this year.
Tickets will be $35 per person before October 1, and $40 after October 1. As of today (Sept. 25) is already more than halfway sold out, so buy now. Or take a chance and enter the ticket contest.
Leave the kids and dogs at home for this one, everybody needs to be 21 and up in order to get in. The Cooper-Young Regional Beer Fest is ADA accessible. There will be food available for purchase from Central BBQ, Sweetgrass, and Stone Soup Cafe.
Cooper Young Regional Beer Fest
Saturday, October 11
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
765 S. Cooper (next to the Trestle Art)