To kick off St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Nashville, the Music City Beer Society, a local group of beer aficionados, will be hosting the third annual Leprechaun Rampage pub crawl, Saturday, March 9. Officially, it starts at 7 p.m. at the reopened Beer Sellar.
The Leprechaun Rampage came about as a result of the hugely successful Santa Rampage, where hundreds of people dress in full Santa Claus regalia. Both events start at the Beer Sellar. No sense complicating things too much. For this event, the idea is to dress as Irish as one can get, whether in a traditional kilt, as a leprechaun, or at least in predominantly green attire. Then the plan is to bound around downtown bringing Irish cheer to the masses, pub crawl style.
Like the Santa event, the second stop on the tour will hit Riverfront Tavern. The festivities will then head down Second Ave., with the first stop in that direction at the newly renovated B.B. Kings. The traditional next stop is Buffalo Billiards.
The Music City Beer Society is a private Meetup group, but there is no cost to join. There is also a public facebook page. The group evolved from a smaller, mostly inactive group, into one that has the inside scoop on all that is beer in Nashville. Volunteerism is the driving force of the group. If people are needed at an event, the M.C.B.S. is the first place they look. Also, if there is a super top secret beer tasting somewhere, they are in on it.
As to the Beer Sellar, it closed to much fanfare when the regional owners of the Beer Sellar and Hooters sold their stake to Hooters Corp. The big issue was how the liquor license would be renewed, and it somehow seemed easier to just close. Fortunately, the simple solution presented itself, and the Beer Sellar is back.
St. Patrick’s Day is one of the great party and craft beer days of the year. Nashville is not one of the great St. Patrick’s Day destinations. Perhaps the Leprechaun Rampage will begin to turn the tide.
See you at the pub. Cheers!