Sat update: Beerfest app, tattoo convention, E&H, Mongo to give away castle, Alannah’s Groupon and more

Been a while since my last post… I’ve been heavily involved in training and have just put everything else aside for the past couple of days. If you contacted me asking for advice on things to do Downtown this weekend or other questions, I apologize for ignoring you, but I really had to shut everything else and stay focused for a little while.

The Cooper-Young Regional Beerfest is today from 1 to 5 at 795 S. Cooper, and I will be there. It’s sold out. If you’re going, there’s a Guidebook app you can download to your phone to help you get the most out of the beerfest.

The Memphis Tattoo Arts Convention is ongoing at the Cook Convention Center this weekend.

Also from WMC: Rumors quashed about Earnestine & Hazel’s future. Plans are to keep the dive bar open and running the same way it ran when owner Russell George was alive.

Prince Mongo wants to give away his castle, Ashlar Hall at 1397 Central.

There’s a Groupon for Alannah’s Breakfast Kafe that is going on right now. The cafe is at Main and Adams, in the ground floor of the Claridge House.

First day of the season where it’s cold enough to wear the PBR hoodie, and there’s a beer festival? That will work nicely, yes. Normally I lead off at Panda’s bar at Bardog on Saturday, but that’s not an appropriate place to pre-game for a beer fest – I’ll be drunk before I even get in the cab! So, Flying Saucer will be my lead-off today. I’ll get there around 11:30, and then about 12:30 I’ll wander to the Peabody or Beale and locate a taxi. If anyone is Downtown and wants to split the cost of the ride to Cooper-Young, come on down. The festival ends at 5, and once I get back Downtown I’ll find a spot to subject myself to the torture of watching Arkansas play Alabama. The Hogs won’t win, let’s be realistic, but if we can put points on the board against Bama (something Ole Miss couldn’t do) I’ll be happy. That’s all for now. Ready to get out to Midtown and enjoy the best beer festival of the year!