Giving back: Memphis Made’s ‘Pick up for a Pint’ aims for a cleaner Cooper-Young

On Saturday, a group of volunteers carrying trash grabbers and large grain bags will roam the Cooper-Young neighborhood for about an hour, picking up litter.

When they’re done, they’ll head to Memphis Made Brewing Co. for a free pint of beer.

It’s part of Memphis Made’s “Pick up for a Pint,” a monthly event that helps clean up litter in the neighborhood near Memphis Made, 768 S. Cooper Street. This month’s event is happening Saturday, April 15, at 12:30 p.m., starting at the brewery.

Memphis Made Brewing's Drew Barton and Andy Ashby
Memphis Made Brewing’s Drew Barton and Andy Ashby (Photo courtesy of Memphis Made Brewing)

Memphis Made began hosting the event early last year, inspired by similar efforts by Jackalope Brewing Company in Nashville and an annual event by the Tennessee Craft Brewers Guild.

“Unfortunately, Memphis has a problem with litter. I think people want to help improve their city, but it seems like there’s too many issues and you can’t make a difference. This is a low-key way of helping our city and neighborhood,” said Andy Ashby, who co-founded Memphis Made with Drew Barton.

Both Ashby and Barton live in the neighborhood, and Pick up for a Pint is one of the ways they give back.

“We partner with the Cooper-Young Community Association. They represent the residents of Cooper-Young, and so we get a lot of our neighbors showing up regularly,” Ashby said. 

“I think people like that they get to clean up the neighborhood while getting to know their neighbors.”

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