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Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest, Memphis, October 9, 2010

The Cooper-Young Regional Beer Festival will be held 1 – 5 pm October 9 in the parking lot south of LifeLink Memphis (corner of Cooper and Walker).

Tickets go on sale August 20 and will only be available online.

Click here to order your tickets! Tickets are $25 for CYCA members and $30 for non-members. All proceeds go to support the work of the CYCA.

More than 10 breweries and homebrew clubs will be pouring at the event,several of which aren’t available regularly in the Memphis market. These breweries are all within a one-day’s drive of Memphis, emphasizing that you don’t have to drive to Colorado or Oregon to get a great craft beer. Memphis’ numerous farmers markets, include the Cooper Young Farmers Market, are based on the idea that fresh, local produce and meat is better than mass-produced food. The same principal applies to beer, which is a food product. Why drink a flavorless lager manufactured miles away when you can have a flavorful ale made down the street? I toured the Budweiser brewery in St. Louis and it reminded me of the human-harvesting fields from the Matrix, with endless rows of brewing tanks extending as far as the eye could see. It’s a very different experience from the Saturday brew tour at Ghost River Brewing Co., where the Chuck Skypeck or Jimmy Randall, the guys who actually make the beer, might be giving the tour.

The Cooper Young Regional Beer Festival is being limited to 400 tickets due to the space, but it also will allow attendees to have time to talk with the brewers and learn about what they’re drinking. There will also be an education tent, where people can learn about beer and brewing from the brewers themselves. The sponsors are local, as restaurants Au Fond Farmtable and Celtic Crossing are providing dinners for brewers and volunteers. Chef Ben Vaughn and Au Fond Farmtable will also be selling food at the event. Music for the festival will be provided by The Visible School, a music college currently operating at LifeLink Memphis.

Several volunteers have put in hours of work organizing this festival. A big thanks goes out to Josh Spickler, Mark Morrison, Toby Sells, Nathan Coppedge, Trevor Kearney and Edmund Mackey for serving on the beer festival committee. The Cooper Young Community Association board, especially volunteer coordinator Beth Pulliam, have also put time and effort into this event, as did community director Maggie Cardwell. Local artist Adam Schellabarger dedicated his talent to designing the beer festival’s logo and poster.

If you are interested in volunteering at this event, please contact Trevor Kearney at cybeerfest@gmail.com. Please let him know if you have Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission training. For all other inquiries, please contact Andy Ashby at cybeerfest@gmail.com or call (901) 691-2396.

Currently, Ghost River Brewing Co., Boscos Brewing Co. Lazy Magnolia, Schlafly Brewing, Diamond Bear Brewing, Yazoo Brewing Co., French Broad Brewing, Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co., Vino’s Brewpub, Terminal Brewhouse and Bluff City Brewers & Connoisseurs will be pouring beer at the festival.

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