During porcine prohibition, pigs were trafficked only in the dead of night, while rib-slabs had to be served in inconspicuous cereal bowls. Celebrate once-forbidden potables and porkables with today’s Groupon. $23 gets you VIP admission to the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival (a $40 value), which takes place on November 6 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium.
Your VIP ticket to the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival gets you unlimited samples of more than 60 beers and 40 bourbons, a souvenir tasting glass, and a free t-shirt. Plus, VIPs get two more hours of tasting than normal ticket-holders, so you can get the jump on all your favorite bourbons before the beautiful bottles run dry. The massive drink menu includes smooth and full-bodied bourbons such as Rare Breed, American Honey, and Catdaddy Carolina Moonshine, as well as a variety of rare brands and single-barrel batches from distillers like Evan Williams. For the malt and hop inclined, the fest also boasts an array of satisfyingly sophisticated beers. Last year’s selection included favorites like Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Highland Brewing Black Mocha Stout, and many more, and this year’s equally stellar line-up includes 50% more bars and tasting stations to cut down on the wait time between you and your lager love. Pick up some barbecue to pad your stomach for the next round of tasting, and sit back and listen to live bluegrass beats by Phillip Bray and Hands of Time.
The Nashville Municipal Auditorium is a spaceship-shaped exhibition space, complete with dome and futuristic crown of lights. Mosey into the tasting theater for an educational romp through the fascinating world of beer and bourbon tasting, making, and more. Take a chance and ride the bucking bull, or check out the festival’s other fun contests, as well as brand new gourmet cooking demonstrations. All of this happens beneath the domed auditorium's blazing corona, which can bring grown men to tears as they exit fully sated with good beer, succulent barbecue, and smooth bourbon.
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
Forty varieties of bourbon and 60 beer draughts flow freely from taps into souvenir glasses, slaking thirsty throats with unlimited sips as guests tear through smoky meat concoctions at the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival's tasting stations. Once stuffed with ribs, brisket, and sausage, attendees can retire to the tasting theater to take in a seminar from pit masters and gourmet chefs on preparing fine barbecue or brewing stellar bourbon. Live rock, blues, and bluegrass bands set the airwaves quivering from the main stage with wailing tunes or announcements drawn in barbecue sauce. A cigar tent provides a smoky haven for puffing on fine tobacco products, and big-screen TVs beam the latest sports action directly into eyeballs.