Tennessee Brew Works, Nashville’s New Kid on the Block

October 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

I love to have the inside scoop and this past weekend I got the first taste of one of Nashville’s newest brewers. They specialize in craft beers and started with one pot on a stove. What they’ve come up with though awesome, really unique and great-tasting beers. We had an absolute blast tasting them this weekend and it’s so refreshing to actually be able to smell the ingredients in a beer just like wine (unlike some other beer varieties I’ve been known to throw back). My favorites were a light, floral-y beer that had a secret farm ingredient (!) and a subtle IPA that I actually enjoyed since I am not a crazy hop head. They are planning to do a bunch of dinners and pairings before opening up shop so be sure to keep an eye out for Tennessee Brew Works events! The logo below is still in the works but the beer is ready for action.



Weekend Roundup

July 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

We’ll be out of town the next few weekends so I want to take full advantage of my time here this lovely last weekend of July. First and foremost are the Olympic Opening Ceremonies tonight! I plan to celebrate with champagne. If you are watching at home too, why not liven things up with a good ole-fashioned drinking game to get things going?

Here are some rules but feel free to add in your own:

1. Whenever the Queen appears, the last person the curtsey must take a shot. 
2.  Waterfall for the entirety of Big Ben tolling.
3. The last person to stand and salute whenever a US Olympian/ team appears must take a shot.
4. All the Gals have to swig for Harry.
5. All the Guys drink when Kate is onscreen.
6. Social drink for the torch.

In addition to spectating, I’m hoping to fit in one or more of the following this weekend:

You’re probably aware (and evening session ticket holders) of Music City Brewer’s Fest this Saturday. With over 50 breweries, live music and some perfectly paired food options, it’s no wonder the tickets go so quickly. I think the day session would be just as fun and for all you marathon-partiers, it lines up perfectly to allow for a little nap, refuel and you’re ready to go again when the sun sets.

For a more kid-friendly event, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens has a Treehouse themed summer exhibition. We drove through the week my mom was here (which was also the week it rained incessantly) and I have been dying to go back to climb in. The exhibition runs through September 3rd and focuses on great works of literature. AND Cheekwood has extended garden hours on Fridays in July until 8:00 PM so you can try to wait out the heat.

On Saturday, Watkins College of Art, Design & Film has a student-hosted bazaar. From 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, there will be art, clothing, gifts and accessories for sale at their campus.

Sunday night, Carnton plantation in Franklin will hold one of it’s Sunset Concert Series. Up this week is music of the 1970’s played by the South Street Players. Tickets are $12 there, gates open at 4:30 pm, concert is 6:00 – 8:00 and food/drink are available for purchase or you can bring in your own (including alcohol). What could be better than a sunset wine picnic with sounds of the 70’s?

Did everyone get their Tony tickets this week? Great, see you Nov. 3



Magic City Brewfest, Birmingham AL

June 4, 2012 § 1 Comment

We were in Birmingham late last week and decided to stay the weekend and make a trip of it. It was the first visit that I actually spent a good amount of time there and I was blown away by all the greenery, friendly characters and especially the food. Besides some outstanding meals (to be documented), the main event was Magic City Brewfest . We headed out Saturday to the historic Sloss Furances where  the weather was gorgeous, the bands were fun and the beer floweth.

Two of my favorites were conveniently neighbors: Bell’s Two Hearted Ale and Sweetwater IPA.

Weekend Fun

June 1, 2012 § 1 Comment

Since I’ve been out of town the past few weekends, I’ve been catching up on calendars and cataloging all the fun things I don’t want to miss this summer (someone introduced me to the term “FOMO” or “fear of missing out” and I tell you, I’m already experiencing extreme anxiety that I missed Edward Sharpe last night). One of my favorite things about Nashville is the beautiful weather–outdoor events have already been in full swing by Memorial Day and I love taking advantage of anything that combines food/drink/music on a patio, in a park  or atop a roof. If, perchance, your social agenda is on the light side this weekend, why not check out one of the below goings on?

Musician’s Corner Free Concerts at Centennial Park.

The Beer & Wine Garden at Centennial Park will conveniently operate during said concerts, but I would go anytime for a little pick-me-up.

Riffs Fine Street Food is hosting another pop up restaurant this Saturday, June 2nd at Corsair Distillery.

And if you are up for a lil’ roadtrip, head to Birmingham, AL for their annual Magic City Brewfest. Just $33 to sample the 200+ individual beers!

If you’re looking for something further out, you should definitely think about the Big Apple Barbecue in New York City next week–and cheer on Nashville’s own Martin’s BBQ. I have been attending the past few years and it’s become one of my favorite weekends of the entire year.

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