Countless publications have been writing stories on Nashville lately, a place the New York Times deemed the “It City” in an article written “way back” in January 2013. Alongside Nashville’s famous music offerings, historical landmarks and burgeoning food scene, journalists are quick to put one or more of Nashville’s local craft breweries on the list of “must visits” that accompany their articles.
One of these breweries is Jackalope.
Located just minutes from Bridgestone Arena on Eighth Avenue, Jackalope first opened its doors on May 21, 2011, and just over two years later, became the inaugural winner of the “Fan Favorite Vote” at the first-ever Nashville Predators Craft Beer Festival.
“We are big fans of the Nashville Predators and the Predators Foundation, so when we were asked to participate in the [first] Festival, we were really excited about it,” Jackalope Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Bailey Spaulding said. “I think it’s a really unique festival, being at Bridgestone Arena, and we just had a really good time with it.”
As a reward for being voted the “Fan Favorite,” Jackalope had the opportunity to pour at a few Preds games in November 2013, giving Preds fans in attendance a chance to try a local craft beer that’s not regularly available on tap at games.
“It was really cool being able to represent our brewery at the Preds games,” Spaulding said. “All the Preds fans who came by our booth were interested in hearing about Jackalope, and it was amazing exposure for such a young, small brewery as we were.”
Fast forward nearly two years to Friday, June 5, when Jackalope’s “Casper the Gose” debuts for the season. The seasonal offering is a German style beer that is brewed with wheat, pilsner malt, coriander and sea salt – leaving it with a hint of tartness and a lemon flavor from the coriander.
Preds fans and beer fans alike can find Casper the Gose, one of the brewery’s most popular seasonal brews, at Jackalope’s Taproom, where 20 percent of the proceeds from the beer in the month of June will go to benefit the Nashville Predators Foundation.
The tradition of pairing a new seasonal beer with a local nonprofit is something that Jackalope has been doing for some time.
“It’s a way of highlighting their work and giving back to the community that has been so great to us,” Spaulding said. “We thought it would be fun to pair with the Preds Foundation since our release of Casper coincided with the Preds Craft Beer Festival – we could build on that to help bring attention to the Foundation and the important work it does for the Nashville community.”
Alongside Jackalope, who return to the Preds Craft Beer Festival for the third consecutive outing this year on Saturday, June 27, the Festival will feature brews from more than 60 breweries, many of which call the Volunteer State home, but some coming from as far as California and Colorado.
While the Preds’ Beer Festival is unique because it takes place inside – taking away the worry of heat or weather for attendees – the Festival is also unrivaled because the proceeds from the event benefit the Nashville Predators Foundation, giving attendees a chance to drink beer for a good cause.
“It’s nice to be part of an event that you know is going to help the community, and children in particular,” Spaulding said. “We are grateful for the work that the Preds Foundation does for young people in Nashville and are thrilled to have even a small part in helping to keep it going.”
For more information or to purchase tickets for the Nashville Predators Craft Beer Festival presented by Daily MVP on Saturday, June 27, visit Nashvillepredators.com/beer. To learn more about the work of the Nashville Predators Foundation, visit Nashvillepredators.com/foundation. Stay tuned to NashvillePredators.com and follow the team on Twitter (@PredsNHL) for the most up to date information on team news, events and more.