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Nashville's original Music City Brewers Fest hits downtown this Saturday

Music City Brewers Festival
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Nashville's original Music City Brewers Fest hits Walk of Fame Park this Saturday.

The venerable Music City Brewers Festival celebrates it's thirteenth consecutive season in style at the downtown Walk of Fame Park this Saturday, July 19. Once again, there will be two sessions, noon to 4:00, and 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. The ticket price for session one is only $39, making it the lowest priced beer festival in Nashville. The preferred second session ticket goes for $59.

And how's this for big? The Music City Brewers Fest was named one of the Top Eight summer beer festivals in the country by GAC! Others on the list include Key West Brewfest, Oregon Brewers Fest, Denver's Summer Brew Fest, Great Taste of the Midwest, even the American Beer Classic in D.C. Talk about being in great company.

And there is more big news this year, the local breweries are back! Here's the background on that. The Brewers Fest used to be the only beer festival in town, for many years, in fact. The distributors used that event for marketing and promotion of the beer they carried, and donated the beer, considering it a marketing expense. Well, a few years ago, beer festivals started popping up all over town, seemingly year round. The newcomers all wanted the same deal on beer, and it just got out of control. A couple years ago, the new Tennessee Craft Brewers Guild enacted a policy that prohibited donating beer, and the Tennessee Wholesalers got on board. The Brewers Fest, which plans many months in advance, wasn't wholly aware of the new guidelines and missed out on their participation last year.

Now, with another year of planning in the books, we can look forward to all our local favorites, including Yazoo, Jackalope, Tennessee Brew Works, Czann's, all from the Nashville Brewery District. Black Abbey, Turtle Anarchy, Cool Springs Brewery and Little Harpeth will also be there. We'll get to sample beer from a new guy from Tullahoma, Old Shed. Of course all the regional favorites will be there such as Sierra Nevada, Oskar Blues, Lagunitas, Lexington, Flat 12 (personal friends), and Atwater from Detroit (brother is a brewer there). Obviously, there will be no dearth of opportunity to taste great craft beer.

And for the first time, there will be a VIP ticket available, for $75, that includes the Mafiaoza's Brewers Reception, Friday night from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. This will include beer and food pairings with food provided by Mafiaoza's, of course, who is the title sponsor of the festival. Fat Bottom and Blackstone will also provide food, as well as the new Sutler, and Frothy Monkey. This is really a great deal at $75. It includes this two hour private beer and food tasting with early admission to session one.

Another bit of big news is that Great Lakes Brewing company will have beer on site for sampling. This may be the first time ever in Nashville. Don't miss the Edmund Fitzgerald porter, or the Burning River pale. Yes, burning river, named after the Cuyahoga river, which actually caught on fire in Cleveland, where they are based.

With over fifty breweries, there will be close to 200 different beers available for sampling. With proceeds benefiting Second Harvest, this is a don't miss event. Get your tickets now!

Time for a pint. Cheers!

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