The good thing about beer is that there’s never a BAD time to enjoy one. The fall season here in Nashville is no exception either. Everyone knows that Nashville is known for its music scene, but lately it’s become a haven for up-and-coming brewers as well as those that have been around long enough to cultivate quite the following of beer lovers. With the cooler temperatures of fall right around the corner, it’s becoming more about enjoying the taste of beer rather than gulping it down quickly to quench your thirst after a hot day.
For the best chance to sample all types of that delicious hoppy goodness known to come from the creative minds of craft brewers, a festival is the way to go. Lucky for all you Nashvillians, if you missed the Music City Brewer’s Fest back in July, there are still plenty more to come this fall.
What would you say if we told you that you could find over 150 different types of beer from 50 different breweries in one place? Now think about having the ability to sample every single one of those beers as many times as you wanted for one night? No, we don’t necessarily recommend trying ALL of them, but knowing you could if you really wanted to is a gift enough! On September 21st, from 8pm until 11pm (7pm-11pm for VIPs) at the Nashville Brew Festival you get exactly that. At $40 for general admission, and $60 for VIP access, these tickets are a steal! In addition to unlimited beer, there will be food trucks, music, and lawn games. The food is sold separately, but these food trucks make it worth it.
No beer festival list would be complete without Oktoberfest and this year’s festivities fall on the 11th through the 14th. Now, even though beer is synonymous with Oktoberfest, this festival is actually great for the whole family. The free admission will give the kids access to the Kids Zone where they’ll enjoy live performers, musicians and storytellers, bouncy houses, face painting and even crafts.
But if you truly want to experience everything Nashville Oktoberfest has to offer, we recommend splurging on the VIP tickets ($149 for 1 day, $199 for 3 day pass). You’ll get free beer, free food, a free commemorative beer stein, free beer tasting sessions and a free tasting glass, as well as special VIP swag, and access to the VIP lounge and air conditioned VIP bathrooms. With craft beer tastings, a beer slide, over 40 food vendors, and more, this still doesn’t cover all this event has to offer.
Not to be confused with the Nashville Brew Festival, the Nashville Beer Festival does have a few things in common with the aforementioned Brew Fest. There will still be over 150 different beers to choose from as well as different wine and spirit samples you can enjoy. The $55 general admission tickets will give you unlimited tastings as well as a souvenir glass and access to games, costume and hula contests, music, or a football game on one of the many big screen TVs. VIP tickets for $100 get you all that as well as early access, a tasty meal, and a souvenir t-shirt. For access to all the fun stuff without the drinking, they’re also offering Designated Driver tickets for just $15.
It’s almost un-American to say you don’t like bacon or beer, so it just makes sense to bring the two together into one taste bud tingling masterpiece called the Bacon & Beer Classic. On October 21st at the Nissan Stadium, for just $49, you will get to enjoy 3 hours’ worth of unlimited bacon and beer samples, 50+ craft beers, and 25+ bacon inspired dishes from some of the best chefs in the Nashville area. They’re also offering a Power Hour admission for $75 giving an addition hour of fun as well as first dibs on the food and beverage options. For the truly dedicated, the $89 VIP ticket is the way to go as you’ll not only get that extra hour of access, you’ll also get to try exclusive craft beers, enjoy a pork belly tasting, bacon and beer pairing, and a BLT bar as well as access to the field! Beer and bacon are a match made in heaven and this festival glorifies that union in the best possible way.
If we can point you in any direction while you’re staying here in Nashville with us, just let us know. There’s always a lot going on here; you just have to know where to find it.