Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione Making 3 Stops in Nashville – TODAY

The legendary founder of Dogfish Head Brewery, Sam Calagione, will be visiting three Nashville Area record stores today with the Crosley Cruiser in advance of next month’s Record Store Day. For the last few years, DFH has been brewing a special beer for Record Store Day that is served across the country. This year’s beer is a tropical blonde with hibiscus and kiwi. In addition to today’s events with Sam, the Crosley Cruiser will make a few more stops on Monday. At each of today’s events, a Crosley Radio turntable will be given away. Here’s the schedule:

Sunday 3/5 come out to Vinyl Tap 1:00-3:00, Grimey’s 4:00-6:00, OG Basement at 7:00.

Monday 3/6 Frugal MacDougals 4:00-6:00
3 Crow, Tenn16, Five Points Pizza, and Duke’s from 7:00-9:00

– Bounty Bev


(Source: Dogfish Head)

Yazoo ETF Funk Fest Tickets Available on Friday, March 3rd

Tickets to the 5th Annual Yazoo Embrace the Funk Fest will go on sale this Friday, March 3rd at 10 AM. Funk Fest will take place on Saturday, May 6th from noon til 5PM. It’s been truly amazing to watch what my friends Brandon Jones and Linus Hall have built over the last few years. From the happy accident that was Fortuitous to the 3L fruited works of art that Brandon releases today, it’s been one hell of a ride and I know that the best is still to come. I’m sure this year’s Funk Fest to be bigger and better than ever before. Brandon has promised killer beer and speakers again this year and I’m sure he will deliver. I expect the event to take place at Yazoo’s ETF facility once again, but anything is possible. If you love sour and funky beer, this event is not to be missed. A link for tickets will be posted on Friday. Stay tuned, as I will update details on this great event as they become available.


Nuit Belge Ticket Giveaway at Le Creuset Brentwood – TONIGHT

Matt Leff of Rhizome Productions is hosting a Blackberry Farm Brewery beer tasting at the Le Creuset Outlet in Brentwood on Thursday, March 2nd from 5:30 to 7:30PM. The inimitable Matty Hargrove from Blackberry Farm Brewery will be on site pouring Classic Saison which will be paired with outstanding Blackberry Farm cheeses. Matt and his team wrapped up another successful Nuit Belge over the weekend and are now focusing on the Nashville event which will take place on March 18th at Marathon Music Works (1402 Clinton St, Nashville, TN 37203). I’m sure this is a welcome home stand for Matt with a brand new baby at home! The final Nuit Belge of 2016 will take place on March 25th, as the Rhizome team makes their triumphant return to Charleston, SC. classic

I wrote about Nuit Belge and the return of Cantillon in one of my first posts. As I said then, this is my one can’t miss beer event of the year. Tickets are selling fast and won’t last much longer, so you should go ahead and grab them on the Nuit Belge website. The food and beer pairing menu is being continually updated and is almost complete. It is impressive and mouth watering, to say the least. As part of Thursday’s event at Le Creuset, Matt will be giving away a pair of tickets at 7PM. This is  a great opportunity to sample Blackberry Farm’s excellent beers and cheesees and win a pair tickets to a fantastic event. And it’s in my neck of the woods, so you may even see me out there.

In other Rhizome Productions news, tickets to East Nashville Beer Festival went on sale last week and are still available. As this event has grown, additional tickets have been offered, but the event is sure to sell out. Tickets to the OG of Nashville beer festivals are available now on the ENBF website.


BREAKING – Almanac Beer Company Coming to the Nashville Market

Tennessee Maltz has just learned that Almanac Beer Company will be bringing their Farm-to-Barrel beers to Middle Tennessee via Bounty Bev. This exciting Northern California brewery was founded by 2010 by Jesse Friedman and Damian Fagan. I’m sure the Nashville market will welcome this world class brewery with open arms. More to come on this developing story.


Farm-to-barrel brewing is about selecting the best in locally sourced fruit and blending it into beers inspired by the great brewing traditions of the world.  We aim to create something special and uniquely Northern Californian. Jesse and Damian collaborated to found the Almanac Beer Company—a brewery dedicated to producing seasonal artisan ales, brewed specifically to complement local cuisine sourced and prepared with the same great care and craft.

We came to the brewing world by way of homebrewing. For years in our respective San Francisco apartments we’d brew five gallon stove-top batches, developing a passion for crafting unique and unusual beers unavailable commercially. Using farmer’s markets as the launching pad for many unique homebrews, we knew right away we were on to something. We’ve taken that passion and adventurous spirit and decided to brew on a larger scale with the hope of sharing our vision with our community. Each harvest we partner with a different Northern California farm to supply the fruit used for our next brew. Every beer is a collaboration between us and the local terroir.

– Almanac Beer Company

Win a $50 Gift Card from M.L.Rose

Our friends at M.L.Rose Craft Beer and Burgers (2535 Franklin Pike #107, Nashville, TN 37204) are giving away a $50 gift card and some Honky Tonk swag to whoever comes up with the best name for their new collaboration beer with Honky Honk Brewing Company. The beer is a Blackberry Berliner Weiss and was brewed last Friday, so the clock is ticking. Entries must be submitted on M.L.Rose’s Facebook page by this Friday, March 3rd. Here’s what M.L.Rose has to say about the contest:

“We’re brewing a collaboration beer with HonkyTonk Brewing Co., but it still needs a name. So, we’re enlisting the help of our fans!

The beer we’re brewing is a Blackberry Berliner Weisse (a sour/tart brew).

Submit your ideas in the comments below. If your name gets selected as the winner, you’ll get a $50 M.L.Rose gift card and some awesome swag from HonkyTonk Brewing Co.! We’ll be taking entries from now until next Friday (March 3rd). So, put your thinking cap on and don’t forget to share this post with a friend!

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Cigar City/Oskar Blues Beer Dinner at Burger Up Cool Springs – WEDNESDAY

When Oskar Blues acquired Tampa based Cigar City Brewing in early 2016, Nashville craft beer lovers rejoiced at the realization that Cigar City’s wildly popular beers would soon be available in the area. These dreams became reality last month when Lipman Brothers introduced Cigar City to the Nashville market. It’s been pretty amazing to see Jai Alai and other CCB offerings on draft and on shelves across the area. After launch weeks in Knoxville and Chattanooga, Zac Shoemate has brought the party back to Nashville and is set to host Middle Tennessee’s first CCB/OB collaboration beer dinner at Burger Up Cool Springs (401 Cool Springs Blvd B, Franklin, TN 37067), tomorrow night (Wednesday, March 1st) at 6:30PM. Call the restaurant at 615-503-9892 for pricing and information on the special menu. I’m sure that this will be a evening of great food and outstanding beer that you don’t want to miss.


VonSeitz Theoreticales Tasting at WMWLM + GIVEAWAY – FRIDAY

West Meade Wine and Liquor Mart is hosting a beer and cheese tasting event with Von vstSeitz Theoreticales and Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese on Friday, March 3rd from 4-6 PM. Von Seitz Theoreticales is one of Tennessee’s newest craft breweries. Located in Smithville, just over an hour east of Nashville, Alex VonSteiz and Jason Lemanski are brewing on an old pilot system from our good friends at Calfkiller Brewing out of neighboring Sparta. Alex has been running the lab at Calfkiller for some time and continues to do so. However, Alex was driven to release his own series of wild, funky, and foraged ales. The Smithville area is a home away from home for me, so it’s been really exciting to see Smithville’s first craft brewery release some outstanding beers, right out of the gate. Here’s how VonSeitz Theoreticales describes themselves:

“This beer is weird we keep it weird, This beer is often bold and always changing…

our beer is a living thesis, we brew evolving ales using our own blend of scientific knowledge and reverent tradition, we are a pilot brewery at heart. using herbs and foraged additions along with yeast and bug strains isolated in our own laboratory.  We send our batch releases out into the world for those who wander.

wanderers are our people, they are the homebrewers who stay up late perfecting skills with minimal supplies, they are the hikers looking for deeper forest and longer trails,  Theoreticales is made for those who search.”

– VonSeitz Theoreticales

VonSeitz Theoreticales has already released a handful of ales that have been very well
received by the lucky few who have gotten their hands on them. Alex releases his beer in batches and the batches have been extremely small. By using herbs, foraged ingredients, andvst-bottles self isolated yeast strains, VonSeitz is doing something uniquely Tennessean. Alex’s “day job” is at a laboratory in Nashville, so he has been able to cultivate a relationship with a few, select liquor stores in the Nashville area. One of these is West Meade Wine and Liquor Mart. John Lewis at WMWLM is one of the most knowledgeable beer sellers in Nashville and has always been on top of what’s new and hard to find. There are often only a few bottles of each VonSeitz beer available, so to say they are rare would be an understatement. VonSeitz will be bringing three of their beers to WMWLM on Friday, so it’s a great opportunity to sample multiple beers from this up and coming local brewery:

Jackie Treehorne

It is a rye nut brown, dry hopped with hickory smoked hops and nuts that have been roasted,  Reduced with a passive low heat kiln toasting that brings out the walnuts, almonds and pecans. Concentrated with fresh made macerated tinctures, balancing the smoke with a candied like nuttiness. Locally sourced rye finishing it out and making this brew almost a deconstruct of TN whiskey.

Hennessey Sour

The first sour mixed fermentation beer from the brewery. This blended Brett primary with late onset lactobacillus Naturally carbonated and hopped with Polish hops that add a earthiness to the character of these multiple use barrels.
Tastes of oak, sherry and cherry notes and an amber sweetness come through the beer.

Herbal Pilsner

This Pilsner is full of herbal goodness – tarragon, sage, rosemary, green tea, mango, fig and blackberry brambles. The Herbal Pilsner compliments any spicy dish.

Both Hennessey Sour and Jackie Treehorne will be available for purchase in vst-glassware750 mL bottles and Herbal Pilsner will be on draft for tasting at the event. In addition to these great beers, Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese is sending some of their award winning cheese to sample. Kenny’s is the OG of great cheese in this area and WMWLM has a great selection of their offerings. I’m sure John will do a great job of pairing them with Alex’s beers.

Now, to the giveaway!  WMWLM has graciously offered Tennessee Maltz a $25 gift certificate and this piece of VonSeitz Theoreticales glassware to give away (photo courtesy of Hennessey Newton). To win this glass and gift certificate, you just need to follow us both on Instagram (@TennesseeMaltz and @wmwlm), like this post, and tag three friends on it. That’s all it takes! The contest ends on Friday at noon CST and I will select a winner soon thereafter. Good luck and don’t miss this great event at WMWLM on Friday!


Abraxas and Sump on Draft at Brewhouse South – TONIGHT

Brewhouse South (1855 Galleria Blvd, Franklin, TN 37067) in Cool Springs is hosting a Perennial Artisan Processed with VSCOAles tap takeover tonight starting at 5PM. Both Abraxas (a 10% ABV Imperial Stout brewed with ancho chili peppers, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and cinnamon sticks) and Sump (a 10.5% ABV Imperial Stout with Sump Coffee from the Cauca region of Colombia) will be pouring. If you missed out on bottles, this may be your best chance to taste both of these outstanding stouts. The takeover will also feature White Impala (a 6% ABV draft-only wheat IPA dry-hopped with Mosaic, Huell Melon, and Mandarina Bavaria), Hommel Bier (a 5.9% ABV draft-only Belgian pale ale with Chinook and Columus), and Saison de Lis (a 5% ABV straw colored Belgian-style Saison brewed with chamomile flowers).

img_1516Needless to say, this is a killer lineup with some of Perennial’s rare and draft only offerings. It’s definitely worth the trip out to Cool Springs for these great beers and if you haven’t been to Brewhouse South, you might not know that they have one of the best draft lists in the Nashville area. Sean Vaughan and Hunter Freemont do an excellent job of cultivating a list that truly has something for every beer drinker (including you Bud Light chugging brother). And unlike some of the other Brewhouses, Brewhouse South is non-smoking and is large enough to never seem crowded. My favorite thing about Brewhouse South has to be that all drafts under 10.1% ABV are half priced all weekend, every weekend. So, of course, it’s one of our go-to places for lunch on Saturday and Sunday. I’m hoping that one particular beer survives until lunch on Saturday. It’s easy for me to talk my wife into cheap pours of big Imperial Stouts.

Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break hits Nashville – TODAY

The wait is over! The Evil Twin and Westbrook collaboration, Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break, will be hitting the Nashville market staring today. This beer combines two of my all time favorite adjunct stouts, Imperial Biscotti Break and Mexcian Cake, and is absolutely delicious. Interesting, this batch of IMBCB was brewed to order based on projections from beer resellers. So, there should be plenty to go around. There may be some other barrel aged goodies from Evil Twin hitting this week, as well. Don’t tell anyone that I told you that, though.


Sliderpalooza with Black Abbey and Burger Republic

The Black Abbey is having four events next week with Burger Republic. Four beers will be paired with four sliders and each diner gets a beer milkshake for dessert. At $25, this event will be hard to beat. The event will take place at all three Burger Republic locations (The Gulch, Lenox Village, and Mt. Juliet), as well as the Black Abbey Fellowship Hall. Tickets are available at each location and are going fast, so don’t miss out.