Saturday, March 15, 2014
Each year for the last decade, the Downtown Franklin Association (DFA) has provided beer lovers a taste of some of the best local, national and international brews during its annual Main Street Brew Fest. On Saturday, March 15, the non-profit organization that helped spearhead the revitalization of Franklin’s historic downtown core will once again offer 70 craft beers at 31 tasting sites from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., along with Celtic performers and plenty of Irish cheer!
Presented by R.S. Lipman Company and Lipman Brothers, the popular event plans to showcase the latest product and shine a spotlight on Williamson County’s microbrewery market.
The Brew Fest is an opportunity for beer lovers to taste some of the latest local, national and international additions to an exploding micro-brewery market while exploring Downtown Franklin’s historic retail district. The event has sold out in advance the past few years.
Franklin’s Main Street Brew Fest is produced by the Downtown Franklin Association, a nationally certified Main Street Program of the National Trust and a division of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County. Proceeds from the event go to the continued revitalization and promotion of Historic Downtown Franklin.
Scroll to the bottom of this page to see the specific brews and tasting sites.
Tickets are $45 at the door, but the event has sold out in advance each year.
Check-in at the intersection of 4th & Main begins as early as 5 p.m. Tasting starts promptly at 6 p.m. and will continue until 9 p.m. You must have a ticket to participate in the beer tasting, but not to enjoy the festivities! Main Street will be open to all pedestrian traffic, and the restaurants and many shops will be open for business.
All you need to check in is your purchase receipt and a photo ID. Obviously, IDs will be checked at the gate to ensure all participants are 21 and older.
Attendees are encouraged to arrange safe rides to and from the Brew Fest. The Franklin Transit Authority is sold out with trolley rides to the event. Designated drivers may attend the event for free–just no beer tasting for them!
Aloft Hotel, Embassy Suites, Drury Hotel, Franklin Marriott, Hyatt Place and Ramada Inn are among the many Franklin hotels. There is no hotel is walking distance to the event (yet). To find a hotel, go to www.visitfranklin.com.
To view a sneak-peek of last year’s event, see below for the 2012 tasting sites, map & brews:
- Visitors’ Center (Fourth Avenue North) — Estrella Damm Lager and Irish Stout
- 55 South (400 block Main Street) — Blue Pants: Amber Waders of Grain, (HG) pinstripe Stout, and (HG) Tuxedo Black IPA
- Avec Moi (418 block Street) — Victory (HG) Hop Wallop and Festbier or Whirlwind Witbier
- Bink’s Outfitters (400 block Main Street) – Sierra Navada Stout, Pale Ale and Kellerveis
- Capital Bank (Public Square) – Oskar Blues (HG) Old Chub, Mama’s Little Yella Pils and (HG) Dale’s Pale Ale
- Cool Springs Brewery (Main Street tent) – Pecker Wrecker IPA, Fatback Amber Ale, Black SenSaison, Early Riser Expresso Stout and Wheat Dream
- Creative Find-n-Design (300 block Main Street) – Erie Brewing: (HG) Misery Bay IPA and Presque Isle Pilsner
- Dion’s South (400 block Main Street) – Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro and Stranger Pale Ale
- Early’s Honey Stand (East Main Street) — Moylan’s Tipperary Pale Ale and (HG) Kilt Lifter
- Ecco Salon (Fourth Avenue North) – Murphy’s Red and Stout
- Franklin Mercantile (Fourth Avenue North) – JW Dundee: Irish Red and Honey Brown Lager
- Franklin Theatre (400 block Main Street) – Mayday: Evil Octopus and Velvet Hustle
- Good Findings (400 block Main Street) – Smaltz (HG) Bit Lenny’s Ripa and Genesis Ale
- GRAY’s on Main (300 block Main Street) — Yazoo: Onward Stout, Gerst, Sly Rye and Dos Perros
- Heirloom Shop (400 block Main Street) — Napa Smith (HG) Organic IPA and (HG) Hopageddon IPA
- HeyDay (300 block Main Street) — Rogue Yellow Snow IPA and Dry Hop Red
- J.J.’s Wine Bar (East Main Street) — Ass Kisser HG Porter and Tight Hefe
- JONDIE (400 block Main Street) — Atwater Vanilla Java and TBA
- McCreary’s Irish Pub (400 block Main Street) — Mayday: Angry Red Head and Boro Blonde
- Mellow Mushroom (300 block Main Street) — Turtle Anarchy: Another Way to Rye, Portly Sout and Aurumglass
- Merridee’s Breadbasket (Fourth Avenue South) — Well’s Banana Bread, Sir Perry Pear Cider and Ace Perry Cider
- Papa Boudreaux’s (300 block Main Street) – Abita: Strawberry Harvest Lager and Spring IPA
- Heart & Hands/Patchwork (300 block Main Street) – Lakefront New Grist [gluten free] & New Planet [gluten free] Ale
- Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant (Fourth Avenue South) – Hap & Harry’s Tennessee Lager
- Red Pony Restaurant (400 block Main Street) – Jubilee: Randy’s IPA
- Redo Home & Design (Public Square) – North Coast (HG) Pranqster and Scrimshaw Pilsner
- Serendipity Spa & Cosmetics (400 block Main Street) – Spring Cider and Private Reserve Pink Cider
- The Shop Around the Corner (Third Avenue North) – Alltech KY Ale: Kentucky Ale and Kentucky (HG) Bourbon Barrel Ale
- Walton’s Antique Jewelry (400 block Main Street) – Stone Levitation Ale and Stone Pale Ale
- Yacoubian Jewelers (Third Avenue South) — (HG) Hopsecutioner and Rye Pale Ale