An out-of-towner comes to Nashville on the third weekend of June and three things are guaranteed: country music, adult beverages and Predators Pride. Luckily for this visitor, all three of these things were found in the same place.
The sixth annual Craft Beer Festival presented by Allegiant took place at Bridgestone Arena this weekend and much like in years past, it did not disappoint. With the local craft beers taking the main stage on the covered ice surface, and many domestic and other craft beers calling the first-level concourse their home for the afternoon, this beer festival catered to all beer lovers. Being someone from out of town, out of state, Alberta, Canada, to be exact, I am continually astonished by the pride that this city takes in their hockey team.
A city in the heart, and heat, of SEC football territory, one might not assume that a sport played on ice is what the residents thrive on. I have thrown out all my preconceived notions about what Nashville might be and have realized what Nashville is: hockey country. Preds pride flows freely in these parts, and the Craft Beer Festival was no exception. Taking place in the home of the Predators, I was engulfed by fans in Preds puck-heads, jerseys, t-shirts, flags and many other team-related memorabilia pieces (including a Predators-themed Freddy Krueger face mask).