Nuit Belge and the return of Cantillon

Nashville’s swankiest beer festival returns on March 18 at Marathon Music Works (1402 Clinton St, Nashville, TN 37203). Rhizome Productions’ Matt Leff organizes some of the best beer festivals anywhere and Nuit Belge is no exception. This event, which pairs Belgian and Belgian-inspired beers with some of the finest food Nashville has to offer, is simply my favorite beer event of the year.

In it’s 3rd year, Nuit Belge has grown to include events in four Southern food Meccas. The first Nuit Belge of 2017 took place last weekend in New Orleans and was a huge success by all accounts. The Rhizome team is taking Nuit Belge to Atlanta on February 25th and wrapping up in Charleston on March 25. Tickets for all of these events are available at http://www.nuitbelge.com. They range from $99 to $149 and include entry, tasting glass, program, and all food and beverages.

In addition to being my favorite beer festival, it happens to be the only one that my wife will attend with me. Maybe that’s a part of why I love it so much. Christie is my regular drinking buddy, but it’s hard for me to convince her that we should have a babysitter to watch the kids on a Saturday afternoon while we go drink too much. Nuit Belge, on the other hand, is an easy sell. So easy in fact, that we have been both years and plan on going again next month. Since Christie was pregnant last year, we bought her a food only ticket. She still had a blast and also killed it as my designated driver. That is another thing that sets Nuit Belge apart: beer nerds and foodies alike love this event. You don’t have to be both to have an outstanding time. It’s just a perfect way to expose food folks to great beer and beer folks to great food.

Nuit Belge is unique in that the chefs really seem to step up their usual small plate game. Food events can become somewhat predictable. You often see the same dish over and over, due to the fact that it is easy to make away from the restaurant and has been successful at similar events in the past. This just doesn’t seem to be the case at Nuit Belge. I feel that chefs are inspired by beer. It’s something that they don’t usually pair dishes with. All of the great chefs that I know love to embrace a challenge and I think the beer provides that. Two of these chefs are my friends Tony Galzin (Nicky’s Coal Fired) and Aaron Clemins (Kuchnia & Keller).  Not only are these gentlemen outstanding chefs, but they are are some of the biggest craft beer lovers I know. I’m very excited to see what they bring to the table. Other chefs participating in Nuit Belge this year represent the following restaurants:

  • Bajo Sexto
  • Barcelona Edgehill
  • Butcher & Bee Nashville
  • Chauhan Ale and Masala House
  • The Farm House – Nashville
  • Funk Seoul Brother
  • Kuchnia & Keller
  • Husk Nashville
  • Little Octopus
  • Mangia Nashville
  • Marsh House
  • Nicky’s Coal Fired
  • Two Ten Jack
  • Virago

Paired with these fantastic dishes will be some equally impressive beers. In December, the Rhizome Productions team brewed a collaboration beer with the good people at Blackberry Farm Brewery. This Saimese Saison with Thai basil, galanga root, lemongrass, and kaffir lime will only be poured at the four Nuit Belge events. Also, Nuit Belge will be serving beers distributed by Lipman Brothers for the first time. With Shelton Brothers’ return to the Nashville market, this was somewhat inevitable and will only enhance the offerings at Nuit Belge. Shelton distributes some the finest and most sought after beers in the world and specializes in Belgian beers. They have been gradually returning to the market, after a prolonged absence. Jolly Pumpkin was the first brewery to return back in December. Amazingly, Nuit Belge will be hosting the long awaited return of two of the world’s greatest breweries, Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen, back to the State of Tennessee. Are you ready to go buy tickets, yet?

 

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