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Not for teacup pigs or mud-phobic porkers, today’s whole-hog deal for boozy bourbon and finely fermented ales will satisfy every man, woman, and hermaphroditic horse (we named it Cinnamon). Today’s Groupon gets you VIP admission to the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival on November 7 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium (a $35 value). Your VIP ticket gets you unlimited samples of 60 beers and 40 bourbons with your own souvenir tasting glass, as well as access to live music and a goodie bag of secrets (not homemade fireworks) for your surreptitious enjoyment. Plus, your VIP status gets you 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. Don’t let your lack of a babysitter keep you at home—kids 12 and under get in free.
The massive drink menu from which you’ll get free tastes all day long includes smooth and full-bodied bourbons such as the popular Knob Creek and Basil Hayden, as well as a variety of single-barrel batches and rarer brands such as the Van Winkle 12 Year.
For the malt and hop lover, the fest also boasts an array of satisfyingly sophisticated beers, such as Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Rogue Chocolate Stout, and Bluegrass Brewing Co.’s seasonal Oktoberfest. Pick up some barbecue to pad your stomach for the next round of tasting, and sit back and listen to live crooners [Mason Douglas]http://www.myspace.com/masondouglasmusic) and Randy Kohrs. 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. Check out the schedule to plan your entire day at Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival.
The Nashville Municipal Auditorium is a spaceship-shaped exhibition space, complete with dome and futuristic crown of lights. The blazing corona of that domed facility can bring grown men to tears as they exit fully sated with good beer, succulent barbecue, and smooth bourbon.
Inferior Alliterative Experiences
The Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival is expected to be a raucous affair of food, firewater, and fun. Unfortunately, not all alliterative experiences, businesses and individuals are as worthy of your time. Avoid attendance at all approaching activities:
- Briggs Brothers’ Bathtub-Brewed Buckets of Booze Bar
- Peglegged Paul’s Pizza & Piercings
- Carlton Cobb’s Culinary Cockroach Creations
- Dinah’s Donuts and Dashed Dreams
- Mystic Marvin: Magician and Marriage Counselor
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Tysons Fall Harvest
It may be the inaugural year of Tysons Fall Harvest, but it already has the docket to rival any well-established fall festival. This family-friendly event will keep kids entertained with plenty of activities, from pony rides and petting zoos to a hay maze and pumpkin carving. Those who need to brush up on their carving skills can sit in on demonstrations from master pumpkin carvers or head to the craft corner to paint or just hug a gourd that escaped.
Even without kids in tow, adults will have plenty to do, including visiting the wine and beer garden for unlimited samples when they purchase a tasting glass, as well as shopping a marketplace with pumpkins and fall decor. They might even consider dropping by Rocknoceros's set at the live-music stage; they might be a kids' band, but their acclaim has landed them gigs at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and the Kennedy Center. A portion of the Harvest's proceeds will benefit the Spirit of Hope Children's Foundation.