The Art of Beer

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center is concluding its four-part “art of” tasting series with “The Art of Beer,” 6-8 p.m., Thursday, April 7, at the War Memorial Auditorium. The educational wine, spirits and beer tasting series is sponsored by Lipman Brothers.

The “Art of Beer” two-hour tasting of selected high gravity beers will be led by a representative from each of the three featured craft breweries: Chimay, Yazoo and Abita. High Gravity Beer is a long-standing European tradition and is growing in popularity in the U.S. The term is used to designate specialty craft beers with an increased gravity "pull" in the fermentation process. They are higher in alcohol because they contain more sugar and other ingredients that are used to create complex, flavorful and unique beers. High gravity beers are meant to be sipped and appreciated, even paired with foods like wine. Light refreshments will be served, including an array of award-winning cheeses courtesy of Cabot Creamery of Vermont, hot dogs and brats from The Dog of Nashville, and pizza provided by the Mellow Mushroom.

The Chimay Brewery is a Belgian brewery founded in the Scourmont Abbey in 1862. Its Trappist monks still produce the rare, true Trappist beers in much the same way as they did 150 years ago. Profits from the sale of Chimay beers go to the financial support of the monastery and the less fortunate and disenfranchised of the world. James Williams, National Sales Manager will present Chimay Red, White and Blue from their portfolio.

Yazoo Brewing Company, founded in 2003 by Vanderbilt University graduate Linus Hall, is the local favorite with craft brew loyalists worldwide. The Yazoo Brewing Company is located in Nashville not far from TPAC, in The Gulch. Linus and Yazoo’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Neil McCormick, will present the local favorite, Yazoo Sue.

Abita Brewing Company, located 30 miles north of New Orleans in Abita Springs, Louisiana, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. It is the oldest and largest craft brewery in the Southeast. Scott Hamil is the Brewery Representative and will offer the famous Jockamo and Andygator.

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