Things are shaping up nicely for the Inaugural Wine and Food Festival.
We are excited to have 34 tents the best wine from around the world, including Duckhorn, Orin Swift, Louis Latour, Banfi and more, 11 tents of food, 5 seminars & demos and much more!
In addition, the VIP experience will be fantastic with outstanding wines from Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, food by The Farmhouse and chocolate from Olive & Sinclair.
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One of the perks of working as the “beer guy” at Midtown is the opportunity to attend industry events such as Yazoo and Embrace the Funk’s recent Funk Fest. I couldn’t pass up the chance to go to this tasting of “sour, funky and wild” beers.
This was not your average beer festival. Yahoo was celebrating the release of “Rufus,” a sour beer collaboration with New Belgium. In addition, they had a few dedicated taps for sours plus a rotating, scavenger hunt-like “opening of various unique beers. These scavenger hunts were fun as the strategy was to “follow the lines” whether you knew what was being pour or not. Most of the time, it led to a tasting of some good stuff. In addition, there were various cheese stations, sponsored by the The Bloomy Rind (Loved the Victory washed cheese!)
Now, onto the beer..
First, the Yazoo:
I enjoyed tasting the range of experimental sour beers that Yazoo and Embrace the Funk blogger/brewer Brandon Jones are working on.
Rufus was a nice, drinkable sour. It was mild in sourness compared to some of the beers that day, but had a nice tart finish. The fruit was mild towards the mid-palette (with a little mildness from the “Brett” yeast strain). The beer is a wild sour deep red ale consisting of a Blackberry and Black Currant Wheat beer base from Yazoo 100% fermented with 2 strains of Brettanomyces. Blended with oak aged sour brown ale from New Belgium. Overall, a winner, and I would happily order it again with a cleaner palate.
Other Yazoo/Embrace the Funk brews that I tried:
100% Brett Custersianus(maybe?):
Mild, It was good to taste these base beer for some other brews
100% Brett Custersianus Amarillo Double Hopped Ale (Washed over hops in Randall?):
Interesting mix of hoppiness plus the Brett beer, not my favorite but not bad
Lichtenhainer Style Ale: Missed out
100% Brett Fermented Hibiscus Ale: Light, tart with just a hint of hibiscus.
Wild Child : Sadly, I missed this one (for the second time)
Wow, was this sour. Others described it as a “sour patch kid” beer. I did get a nice amount of cherry flavor in addition to the sour, but sour was still overpowering. I’d love to have it blended in
Drie Day – 100% Brett Fermented Ale aged Grand Marnier Oak: Towards the end, no notes except that was good.
Brett Horyezons – 100% Brett Fermented Ale aged Rye Whisky Barrel: I believe I missed this one as well
Now, onto my favorite bottles:
Rich, Creamy, Vanilla & Carmel-y, Alcohol-y=Delicious. One of the best beers I have tasted in a long time. Aging really brings out the richness (assuming, as I haven’t tried an unaged version. A little, sweet glass of beer heaven.
Strubbe’s Grand Cru (Flemish Red Ale)*
After talking with a guy in line, I was excited to try Strubbe’s. He mentioned how the red ale was one of his all time favorites. The sign (handwritten on a pole!) for the beer being poured only said Grand Cru. I had no idea that these two were the same beer (I should look at the label closer). It is an interesting beer: Rich and creamy yet tart and sour. Well balanced for a sour ale as the creaminess and tartness are evenly matched.
Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura*
This beer provided the biggest surprise in a beer that I’ve had in a long time. I had heard how good Jolly Pumpkin’s ales are, especially Madrugada, so I was pumped to try this. This provided a multitude of flavors on my palate. First, the tartness of brew came through, followed by a nice, rich and roasty flavor. I got a bit of chocolate as well. Lots going on, but lots going on very well.
Other great beer I tried:
Rodenbach: Good, well balanced sour*
Orval: Meh, I like my belgian’s with more spice*
Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere: Light, tart,
Boon Oude Kriek Marriage Parfait: Fantastic. Tart yet great tasting*
Tillamin’s Strawberry: Decent, sweett and tart
Geuze Tulib: Not bad, mostly just tart
Leifmans Goudenband: No notes except tasty
The Lost Abbey Saints Devotion with “Brett“: Mild & drinable
Cantillon Geuze: Good, tart, carbonated and light
*Available at Midtown, year may vary
Overall, a fun little festival with some GREAT beers. If you missed any, come in to midtown and give them a shot!
-Matt, Midtown’s Beer Guy
That’s right folks, this is a big deal! On September 22, the 1st Annual Nashville Whiskey Festival, sponsored by your favorite wine and spirits store, will take place at the War Memorial Auditorium. It will be one of the biggest events to hit Nashville and will be packed full of stars and gems of the whiskey world. With Tennessee being not only one of the largest whiskey consuming states in the world, it is also one of the largest whiskey producing. It’s only proper to throw a festival in celebration of one of America’s favorite spirits. What happens at a whiskey festival, you say? Here’s just a few things we have in store for you:
- -Special tastings through the week leading to the event
- -30+ distilleries & breweries participating
- -Educational seminars put on by master distillers
- -Special VIP hour w/ rare whiskey tasting
- -Cigar kiosk
- -Barrel aged beer
- -Special whiskey cocktail seminar featuring Tim Laird America’s C.E.O.
There’s all this and so much more to come. Follow us on Twitter (@Nashwhiskeyfest & @midtownwine), Facebook and make sure you’re on our email list to get the latest information as it comes out!