8th Annual Cooper-Young Beerfest Attracts Dozens of Regional Brewers to Raise Funds for Cooper-Young Communty Association

Now in its eighth year, the Cooper-Young Beerfest has become one of the city’s most popular beer events and the second biggest fundraiser for the Cooper-Young Community Association each year.

This year’s Beerfest will take place Saturday, Oct. 14 from 1-5 p.m., and will feature 31 regional breweries and three home-brew clubs in the Midtown Autowerks parking lot, 795 Cooper Street. Tickets are $50 and can be bought at cybeerfest.org.

The festival has experienced huge growth since 400 people gathered to sample beers from eight breweries and two home-brew clubs at the 2010 inaugural Beerfest, in the Galloway United Methodist Church parking lot. Here are a few features that have contributed to the festival’s growth:

Beerfest requires each brewery to send a representative from the actual brewery. At many festivals, brewery booths are manned by volunteers or representatives from the distributors. Ensuring someone from the brewery itself is present means attendees are able to learn more about the beer they’re drinking, maybe even from the brewers themselves.

The number of tickets are limited. By capping tickets, Beerfest allows attendees to not only get to taste almost everything but also take the time to talk to the folks pouring your beer. No assembly line here.

Every cent of the profit goes to the Cooper-Young Community Association. Beerfest is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for the CYCA, and it’s staffed completely by volunteers, many of whom are members.

Beerfest only features craft breweries within a day’s drive of Memphis. This ensures exhibitors are smaller, independent breweries rather than the ones with the largest marketing budgets. It also means attendees might discover breweries they had no idea existed and can only taste in their home markets or at Beerfest.

And all of these reasons also make it enjoyable for the brewers to attend. They have the chance to actually talk to the folks sampling their beer, as well as to each other about brewing techniques. Several brewers have told organizers that the CY Beerfest is one of their favorite events.

2017 Breweries

In addition to the breweries, attendees will also enjoy music from Goner Records DJs and food for purchase from Central BBQ, Sweet Grass, Stone Soup and Gulf Shrimp. Additional Beerfest sponsors include Midtown Autowerks, Madison Growler Shop, CashSaver, Aldo’s, Memphis Made and Shoup’s Midtown BP. For more info, please email cybeerfest@gmail.com