Tennessee Octobers are filled with cool days, changing leaves, college football and beer festivals. Two of our favorites happen to be the same day this year, October 17. In Middle TN, the Tennessee Beer & Wine Festival will be held at the historic Two Rivers Mansion in Nashville’s Donelson neighborhood. To the west in Memphis, the Cooper-Young Beer Fest is in the heart of the Cooper-Young Neighborhood. Both festivals are celebrating their sixth year, a testament to their quality and staying power.
The Cooper-Young Beer Fest is from 1:00-5:00 PM at 795 Cooper in the Cooper-Young community. This year’s festival will feature around 25-30 regional breweries from Tennessee and surrounding southern states. This fest is about regional beer, so sorry, no Stone, Founders or Smuttynose. Local restaurants will have food available all day if you get hungry. There are only about 900 tickets, so don’t miss out! The low ticket number keeps lines short and ensures everyone gets plenty of beer. The festival benefits the Cooper-Young Community Association, supporting their work, newsletter and public art in the neighborhood.
The Tennessee Beer Festival is adding wine and changing their name to the Tennessee Beer & Wine Festival this year. All proceeds benefit local charities in the Donelson/Hermitage area. Besides sampling beers from 34 breweries, the fest will feature 50 varieties of wine for the first time. The festival runs from Noon to 5 PM and live music will play throughout the day. A wide selection of food and crafts will be available from local vendors. This festival has the most beautiful setting for a beer event, under the massive old trees in the front yard of the Two Rivers Mansion. It’s a favorite of ours! Also, this year’s education tent will be an all-grain brew session by Kendall, along with Beer Q&A sessions all day.
Tickets are on sale now for both, and we expect both festivals to sell out. Depending on what part of the state you’re in, get yourself to one of them!