Nashville Beer Summit 1.0

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In my efforts to promote craft beer in Nashville, I do as much social networking as I can. Fellow beer aficionado Tim Duncan and I decided that it was time to get everyone together and share our collections of beer. We invited retailers, home brewers, beer aficionados, and members from Beer Advocate, Ratebeer, and Facebook. In an nutshell, anyone we could think of. We referred to the gathering as the "Nashville Beer Summit 1.0." The kinds folks at Cool Springs Brewery were kind enough to let us reserve the upstairs, which gave us plenty of room to socialize and enjoy all the wonderful beer. Click on the link to see lots of great photos (taken by Timothy Duncan)

I could not have been happier with the turnout. In addition to the Ratebeer and Beer Advocate members, representatives from Cool Springs Wine & Spirits, Chuck's Wine & Spirits (KY), Moon Wine & Spirits, and East Nashville Beer Festival were in attendance.

I don't recall drinking a bad beer the entire afternoon, but the following were some of my personal faves for the day (some of which I have already had)

New Glarus Raspberry Tart
Goose Island Vanilla Bourbon County Stout
Jackie O's Rum Barrel Aphrodite
Jackie O's Sweet Chocolate Love
Russian River Pliny The Elder
Cigar City OR
Cigar City Caspricho Obscura #4
Cigar City Cedar Aged Jai Lai IPA
Boon Oude Gueze Marriage Parfait (2003 Vintage!)
Alaskan Barleywine 2009
Laurelwood Green Mammoth Organic IPA

If you are wondering how to participate in the next beer summit, you can join Beer Advocate or Ratebeer (or both) and follow the local forums. Membership is free and you do not have to rate beers to participate on the sites. You can also shoot me an email and ask to be on the invitation list. These tastings are open to anyone who enjoys drinking and sharing craft beer. Space was limited at this event, which was why I did not have a dedicated blog post about it. Hopefully we will have more space at the next one. Cheers



The Brew Girl said...

Very jealous of that beer line-up. Looks like it was sensory overload.

Smitty said...

Yes it was. I missed out or skipped several good beers, because the palate can only take so much. The problem is that everyone saves the high gravity 22 ounce bottles for tastings, but drink all the good session beers at home. I am guilty of that as well. Heh heh