Well the whole craft beer week, or kill the distributors and beer reps week, hasn't really found a permanent home on the calendar, but the Nashville Predators Foundation Craft Beer Festival was lucky to have rescheduled their own event from late August to this Saturday, June 28, which happens to coincide with the end of craft beer week. Not sure what the distributors and reps think of that, but us craft beer drinkers think it is killer. Sixty five breweries, probably over 200 different beers, all inside the cool comfort of Bridgestone Arena.
And I've told you this before, but I'm going to tell you again, this is by far the best value in any beer festival, anywhere, ever. OK, that might be overstating it, but it is certainly the best value in this town. The $50 ticket gets you a nice shaker pint glass, with cool logos and stuff, FIVE hours of sampling of up to 200 beers. Of course, no one better try to sample 200 beers, but with that many, the available cross section to sample new and different beers will be astounding. Well, sure any festival does that. But this is INSIDE, in air conditioning, with real bathrooms. That, in and of itself, makes it the best. But wait! There's more!
Yes, with the purchase of a $50 ticket, you get all that cool stuff mentioned above, PLUS a voucher for a hockey ticket! The hockey ticket is a $35 value. So you get this huge, killer, craft beer festival, inside in air conditioning, with real bathrooms, for like $15! That's practically free. And with the excitement of a new coach for the hockey team, even the hockey ticket is a great value.
Some bad news for people who for some reason have not gotten their tickets yet, the VIP tickets are sold out. Yeah, sorry. I was going to hype the value of that, and the special VIP beers, like Wells Banana Bread Beer, Rodenbach Grand Cru, St. Louis Gueuze Fond Beer, Petrus, St. Stefanus, etc., but no point in that. However, the VIP food, like House Made Beer Nuts, Stilton Stuffed Dates with Bacon Jam, Beer Soaked Bratwurst Corn Dogs, is being made by Tavern 96, which is the presenting sponsor.
Tavern 96 is in the newly rebuilt south concourse and entrance area of Bridgestone Arena. It is named for the year the arena opened and the Predators started playing. It's a comfortable place, with indoor and outdoor seating. Sixteen draft selections include local favorites such as Yazoo and Jackalope. If you are looking for a place to watch soccor, they have killer deals during games, especially after goals.
Speaking of Jackalope, they were last years crowd favorite. That allowed them to sell their beer in the arena for two weeks. That is a HIGHLY coveted tap, and I'm sure they will be vying for that again this year.
Their will also be a cornhole tournament put on by the Nashville Sports League. Anyone with a ticket can get in on the action. Not sure what the prize for winning is, but hopefully it's beer.
Finally, ALL the proceeds of the event go to the Predator's Foundation. They will be giving away over $900,000 this year to local and middle Tennessee charities, and this is one of their biggest fundraisers. If all that isn't enough reason to hurry and buy your ticket, how about this. They are almost sold out!
Time for a pint. Cheers!