Party Line: 'Short lines and long pours' at Cooper-Young Beerfest

Tim Sikes (from left), Catie Stewart, Lena Cavness, Katie McKeel, Isaac Kimes and Russell Cavness were at the  Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest.
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Tim Sikes (from left), Catie Stewart, Lena Cavness, Katie McKeel, Isaac Kimes and Russell Cavness were at the Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest. Photos by Michael Donahue The Commercial Appeal

Ben Guthrie, Will Prasher and Ann Burruss wore necklaces strung with pretzels Saturday afternoon at the Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest.

Many of the pretzels were gone. The necklace was designed to "sop up the alcohol," Ben said.

The fundraiser for the Cooper-Young Community Association was a success; it sold out a half-hour into the event, said chairman Andy Ashby. Most of the beer was gone long before the event ended around 5 p.m. The festival on Walker near Cooper featured beer from breweries, beer pubs and brew clubs located within a day's drive from Memphis.

Guests were given 12-oz. mugs instead of little glasses. The festival motto was "Short lines and long pours," Andy said.

"We topped 50 gallons of beer in two and a half hours," said Richie Esquivel with the Memphis Brewers Association.

Guests had their favorite brews. Kenny Napper liked Imperial Honey Porter from the Memphis Brewers Association. "It was a dark and malty beverage with a fresh honey finish," he said. "Very smooth. Slightly hoppy. It also had notes of cocoa."

Will Hearn liked the Rye Pale Ale from Bluff City Brewery in Memphis. "For a hoppy beer, it's got a mild fruit flavor to it (that) levels it out," he said.

With temperatures in the 80s, the party resembled a summer bash instead of a fall festival. Uriah Hansen, who wore shorts and flip-flops, said, "I went outside of the house in jeans and a button down and...went in the house and changed."

Warm Memphis

When he returns to Romania, Florin Negrutiu will remember Memphians as "welcoming, warm, and ready to hug and kiss you."

Florin, editor-in-chief of the Gandul daily newspaper in Bucharest, was one of six Marshall Memorial Fellowship recipients from Europe who were in Memphis Oct. 6-11 to experience Southern culture, politics and economics. The Marshall Memorial Fellowship, founded in 1982, was created by the German Marshall Fund of the United States to introduce a new generation of European leaders to the U.S. Leadership Memphis hosted their visit.

The European Fellows are newspaper editors, publishers and high-ranking government officials from the Netherlands, Kosovo, Poland, Romania and Germany. They gave their impressions of Memphis at a farewell reception Wednesday at the Leadership Memphis offices on South Main.

Everyone remarked on the friendliness of the Memphians they met. These were people "who greet you with, 'How're you doin'," said Mark Buenderman, European editor at the Dutch daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad. "It doesn't happen in Amsterdam."

Leszek Jazdzeweski, founder and editor-in-chief of the Polish liberal journal La Liberte, knows what he's going to say when he returns home: "I've been to Memphis and it's been exceptional."

Celebrity gala

Mike Broadway from Playhouse on the Square was one of the celebrity servers at the 23rd Chefs' Celebrity Gala Thursday night at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis.

Mike was in his fourth year as a celebrity server at the fundraiser for the Memphis Child Advocacy Center. He never had a job as a waiter in real life, but he did have to do double duty when he played "Jesus" in "Jesus Christ Superstar" at a dinner theater. "After the show I gave them their bill," he said. And while doing that he still wore his Jesus costume, he recalled.

Guests Thursday night tipped their servers in between bites of tenderloin with foie gras and Madeira glacé. The multicourse dinner was created by the American Culinary Federation. Andy Childs and his band performed. Carol Prentiss was chairwoman.

Adapt a door

June West was happy to show guests the door at her party Saturday night. June is executive director of Memphis Heritage, which presented its fourth annual Adapt A Door auction and party at the organization's headquarters, Howard Hall. Local artists and architects were among those who created something out of a salvaged door.

June got the idea from Works of Heart, the Memphis Child Advocacy fundraiser that features heart-shaped blocks of wood transformed into works of art.

Ashley Burkes and John Zelasko created a bar/buffet from a five-paneled door that already had some hardware on it. "We wanted something masculine and dark," Ashley said.

She came up with the idea and she and John worked on it together.

They were more than pleased with the result.

"It was hard to turn in," Ashley said.

"I told her I'd build her another one," John said.

The bar/buffet, which has a pine top with red oak inlay, went for $1,000. The piece also won Best of Door.

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