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Inaugural Nashville Craft Beer Week kicks off today

March 26, 2012 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events

Nashville Craft Beer WeekThe inaugural Nashville Craft Beer Week starts today, culminating Saturday with the East Nashville Festival.

There will be beer dinners, tasting events, brewer meet-and-greets, growler discounts and more throughout the week at Nashville area breweries, bars and craft beer stores.

There are seriously a ton of events throughout the week. Check out the schedule on the Nashville Craft Beer Week’s website.

The week ends with the East Nashville Beer Festival, and if you don’t have tickets already, you’re out of luck. It’s sold out.

Jackalope beer to debut at East Nashville Beer Festival

March 16, 2011 By: mike Category: Beer in the news, Breweries, Craft beer

Jackalope Brewing CompanyJackalope Brewing Company, which is set to open a craft brewery and taproom in Nashville this spring, was recently spotlighted in a feature story on craftbeer.com, website of the Brewers Association.

When it opens, Jackalope will be the first entirely female-run commercial brewery in Tennessee. Bailey Spaulding is Jackalope’s CEO, while Robyn Virball is president. (We previously wrote about Jackalope here.)

According to craftbeer.com, the beer-drinking public will get its first taste of Jackalope beer on April 9 at the inaugural East Nashville Beer Festival, which will feature beers from 35-40 craft breweries.

“I am excited to be the event where Jackalope debuts their beer as I see the East Nashville Beer Festival as an opportunity for our guests to sample new beer and beers they never have had.  What’s even cooler, is to allow the brewers to make the connection with the customers and in Jackalope’s case their new customers,” said East Nashville Beer Festival creator Matt Leff. [source]

Jackalope's Bitter Over Ewe ESBWhen Jackalope’s brewery opens this spring, it will feature three year-round beers — Red Rye, Pale Ale and Maple Brown — and a rotating monthly tap. The first of the monthly specials will be an Extra Special Bitter, called Bitter Over Ewe, to commemorate the upcoming nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

I’ll let Robyn Virball, of Jackalope, explain:

Anyways, we couldn’t let this Royal Wedding go by without making a beer to celebrate it, we just needed to find the right angle that represented how we really felt about it.  After talking about it we came up with one word that really encompassed our feelings: BITTER.  Just a little bit, but bitter none the less, and it’s not because we’re crushing on William, it’s mostly because Bailey and I both believe we could have been really great princesses.  We both have really nice hair that would look great with a tiara.  We really like tea AND sandwiches, so we’d be all about that. We like to travel, and they get to seem to do a lot of that.  But whatever, we’re over it, we’re starting a brewery and that’s cool too.” [source]

Follow Jackalope on its blog, Blogalope, or Facebook page.

Inaugural East Nashville Beer Festival set for April 9

March 13, 2011 By: mike Category: Craft beer, Events

East Nashville Beer Festival logoTennessee is getting another beer festival with the inaugural East Nashville Beer Festival set for April 9.

The festival, which expects to have 35-40 craft breweries represented (see what’s listed so far here), will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at the East Bank Greenway, 50 Titans Way.

Tickets are on sale now and cost $35.

Attendees will get a souvenir sampling glass, unlimited samples and a goodie bag. The festival will also feature live music, various vendors and a beer education area.

Nashville’s Ride for Reading will receive 50 percent of net ticket sale profits. The nonprofit promotes literacy and healthy living through the distribution of books via bicycle to children from low-income areas.

Ride for Reading will be hosting a book drive at the festival, and anyone who brings two lightly used or new children’s books will be entered into a drawing for a pair of weekend passes to the 2011 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, which is Sept. 29-Oct. 1.