Nashville Craft Beer Week has come and gone, now we can take a breather from the frenzy and rest up for the next event. I made it to the New Belgium Tap Attack at 12 South Taproom on Thursday and dropped by all three of the staff nights at Black Abbey to try the one-night-only releases – more about these events in posts coming later this week.
Speaking of the next event: The 13th Annual Mafiaoza’s Music City Brewer’s Festival is less than three weeks away: July 19 at Walk of Fame Park downtown!
Most of our local breweries will be in attendance including Black Abbey, Blackstone, Bosco’s, Czann’s, Fat Bottom, Jackalope, Little Harpeth, Tennessee Brew Works, Turtle Anarchy, and Yazoo. Regional and national heavyweights will also be represented including Abita, BBC, Bridgeport, Harpoon, Highland, Kona, Left Hand, New Belgium, New Holland, Oskar Blues, Rogue, Samuel Adams, Schafly, Sierra Nevada, Starr Hill, Stone, Sweetwater, Victory, and more. Even some international breweries will be there, Big Beers all but including a personal favorite, Pilsner Urquell nonetheless. Check out the entire list of participating breweries.
A number of food vendors will be on hand as well, including festival sponsor Mafiaoza’s. Tickets are on sale now, including two sessions and an additional special VIP Brewer Reception for an additional fee. Session A runs from noon – 4 pm ($39) and Session B from 6 – 10 pm ($59). The VIP Reception is from 7 – 9 pm ($75). Designated Driver tickets are $20 for either session. Youngsters may think nothing of drinking beer outdoors in the middle of July in Nashville during the hottest part of the day, but I will be attending Session B, which incidentally always sells out first. So if you want to go to the evening session, I recommend you get your ticket now.