The inaugural Taste of Tennessee Craft Brewers Festival is here.
The first everhttp://tnstatefair.org/tasteoftn Taste of Tennessee Craft Brewers Festival will be held on the infield of the historic Fairgrounds Speedway on Friday, September 6. This is also the opening day of the State Fair and your $40 purchase of the Beer Festival ticket includes full access to State Fair.
The festival will run from 7-11 p.m. If you are smart, however, you can be one of only one hundred to get access one hour early. This V.I.P. ticket is $75 but is well worth the extra coin. Having completely unfettered access to great craft beer, having the opportunity to talk to the brewers, not to mention access to V.I.P. only beer, is well worth it. This ticket will also include full access to the State Fair.
One especially unique aspect of this event, unlike the myriad other festivals, is that it will only include beer brewed in Tennessee. There is some great beer made here in Tennessee, and this will be a special way to have access to beer you might not otherwise see. Nashville itself has seen tremendous growth in new breweries and we will see all of them there. In the Brewery District, Czann’s has been open for several months, but Tennessee Brew Works is close, really close. Black Abbey, on Sidco Dr. in South Nashville, also really close to opening, will have their much anticipated beer there for tasting.
Other local favorites will be well represented, of course. Yazoo Brewing is bringing a selection from their Embrace the Funk series. Derrick, from Cool Springs Brewery, is bringing his usual array of crazy, great beer. For this event, their Private Johnson will debut. He is also bringing Berliner Weiss, Twig ‘n Berries, and a Peanut Butter Sweet Stout on rum oak chips. And I’m sure he’ll bring It. The gang from Jackalope Brewing is bringing their new Jazz Honkey Donkey Dunkelweisen.
Twenty-four Tennessee breweries will be represented. That is up from the anticipated eighteen, and is almost all of them. It is unlimited tasting, so take advantage of the shuttles. Edley’s BBQ is the main sponsor, and one of the shuttles will run from their east Nashville location. Another will run from downtown at the river front, and one will run from west Nashville at Richland Park. Proceeds will benefit the Tennessee Craft Brewers Guild.
Friday night. Perfect. Watch the sun go down inside the Nashville Speedway while enjoying some great Tennessee craft beer.
Time for a pint. Cheers!