More than 2,000 people escaped the Nashville heat to attend the Third Annual Nashville Predators Craft Beer Festival presented by DailyMVP. Samples of beer from 60-plus breweries across North America were spread throughout the entirety of the Bridgestone Arena concourse and were organized by region. Brews from the northeast, south, north central, pacific and mountain west regions joined 15 breweries that call Middle Tennessee home at the Festival. Attendees who purchased VIP tickets were invited to the Lexus Lounge where they enjoyed food and special European beers that weren’t featured anywhere else at the event.
“While it’s just three years old, this event is quickly becoming a favorite on the Preds Foundation’s calendar of events,” Nashville Predators Senior Director of Community Relations Rebecca King said. “Not only is it the ‘coolest beer festival in town,’” but it also is unique because all of the proceeds go right back to supporting children and families here in Middle Tennessee through the work of the Foundation.”
For the second time in the Festival’s three-year history, Nashville’s own Jackalope Brewery won the “Fan Favorite” vote. After winning the inaugural Festival in 2013, Jackalope lost a close race to fellow Nashville brewery Black Abbey in 2014 before returning to the winner’s circle this year, another vote that came down to the very end. With the win, Jackalope, whose brews are not normally offered at Preds games, were awarded the opportunity to pour their beers at select Nashville Predators home games in November of this year.
“It’s really fun to see all the breweries get into competing and really petitioning for votes from the attendees,” King said. “It was a really close race, but we’re looking forward to seeing Jackalope back at Bridgestone Arena this fall.”
In addition to unlimited samplings, attendees were able to hear from local bands Camila Rae & District 26, The Mulch Brothers, Ryan Olson, and the Tennessee Warblers and grab photos with Preds mascot Gnash at the official event photo booth.
To stay up to date about upcoming Nashville Predators Foundation events, including the Hot Shots Hot Chicken, Whiskey and Bourbon Festival in August, visit Nashvillepredators.com/foundation.