5 Reasons To Go To Cooper Young Beerfest 2018

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 12th 2018 3997 0

The ninth annual Cooper Young Beer Fest is on October 20, 2018. It’s no secret that it’s one of my favorite festivals in town. There are still just a few tickets left on sale for Saturday’s event – so get yours now before they sell out.

Tickets are $50 and include unlimited beer tastings from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., a CY Beerfest mug, and tunes from Goner Records. They’ll have food trucks with grub for sale, too.

Here are five reasons to go this year:

1. Shorter beer lines.

This is the big one that sets the CY Beer Fest apart. Other beer fests try to cram as many people in to the event as possible, but Cooper Young Beerfest limits tickets sales. This means shorter lines, which means more chances for you to try new and unique beers. You’ll get your money’s worth, for sure. Trust me.

2. There will be a ton of regional and local beer.

This year, there will be 39 regional breweries and home-brew clubs. All the breweries represented at the Fest are all from places within about a day’s drive of Memphis, and some of the beer is stuff you can’t get in Memphis yet.

Half of my tasting card, halfway through, from a few years back.

3. Every brewery sends an ambassador. 

Here’s another one that sets Cooper Young Beerfest apart: each brewery is required to send at least one person who is knowledgeable about their beer in case you want to nerd out about it. Yes, volunteers will be there to help pour and keep things moving, but you’ll at least have someone who knows something about the tasty brew you’re quaffing. Surprisingly, this not standard at most beer festivals.

4. The Fest is a fundraiser for the CYCA.

Proceeds go towards the Cooper-Young Community Association, which is mostly volunteer run. The CYCA helps organize the Cooper Young 4-Miler, publishes the Lamplighter, and works to improve the residential and commercial locations in the neighborhood.

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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. The year Memphis beat Ole Miss, the crowd was LIT and everyone was wearing Jackalope antlers. Who knows what will happen this year?

Other important things:

  • Tickets are $50 per person and you can buy them here.
  • There’s no dedicated parking for this event. Why the heck are you driving anyways? Take a Lyft or an Uber like a human being; it’s 2018 and drinking and driving is for idiots. (Unless you are or have a DD, of course.)
  • Leave the kids and dogs at home for this one, everybody needs to be 21 and up in order to get in.
  • There will be food from local food trucks.
  • Goner Records will be there with a DJ.

Go there:
Cooper Young Regional Beer Fest
Saturday October 20, 2018
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
795 S. Cooper (next to the Trestle Art)

Buy tickets here.


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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