Germantown welcomed a big, shiny new neighbor back in April, as the Nashville Sounds’ new home, First Tennessee Park, opened its doors.
The sports fans among us celebrated; some of you non-sports fans probably shrugged a little. But now, near half a year into the ballpark’s life, we might have a reason for baseball fanatics and baseball “meh”-ers to feel drawn to it together: the inaugural Nashville Brew Festival.
The fest goes down on Saturday, October 3 at First Tennessee Park, and although it joins a crowded field of beer festivals in our town (including the Nashville Beer Festival later in the month in East Nashville), it has a few things helping it stand out — starting with a location that puts the “pitcher” in pitcher’s mound. (They’re not serving pitchers, to be fair, but still.)
Ever walked the bases at a pro ballpark? Stared down home plate from the mound? Since the celebration itself is held on the field (and throughout the concourse), baseball lovers can play pro while sampling a bunch of different beer — 50-plus breweries are set to be on site, serving several brews apiece. Friends that are otherwise unmoved by an opportunity to pace the bases should still appreciate getting to sample beer, check out food trucks and play lawn games on a serious stretch of beautiful Nashville lawn.
Among the brews being poured at the Nashville Brew Festival: a bunch of the best-loved Nashville beers (like Fat Bottom, Little Harpeth and Czann’s), along with regional craft brews (Memphis’ Wiseacre and Alpharetta, Georgia’s Jekyll Brewing) and a bunch of big names, from Brooklyn Brewery to Sam Adams.
The varied flavors you’ll get to sample stretch from home plate to the outfield — Tallgrass Brewing Company’s Kansas-brewed Bourbon Barrel Buffalo Sweat, Alabama brewery Blue Pants’ fall-appropriate Pumpkin Spice Latte Pinstripe Stout — so you definitely won’t be bored, tasting-wise.
Tickets are still available or the fest: $40 general admission gets you unlimited beer 1 to 4 p.m.; $50 VIP gets you unlimited beer and an extra hour at the front, along with access to specialty pours during that first hour. Buy them here.
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