Bottoms Up! Local Brew Bus Launches in November

Written by Jamie McGee for The Nashville Business Journal

From the man who brought Nashville the East Nashville Beer Festival, 12 South Winter Warmer and Brew at the Zoo, now comes a new beer event — this time on wheels.

Matt Leff, founder of events company Rhizome Productions, launches the Nashville Brew Bus on Nov. 3, transporting craft beer lovers from breweries to brewpubs to bars serving locally brewed beer in a motor coach.

“Any major city with a good beer scene has some form of a brew bus,” Leff said. “In the past two years, we’ve seen great growth” in the Nashville craft beer market.

That growth includes the opening of Fat Bottom Brewing in East Nashville and Turtle Anarchy Brewing Co. in Franklin in the last two months, in addition to the opening in recent years of Jackalope Brewing Co., Calfkiller Brewing Co. and Blackstone Brewing Co., which recently restarted its bottling and distribution efforts.

Leff’s tour will begin at the Flying Saucer and include stops at three to four breweries where participants can sample different beers. Participants will also stop at a craft beer bar, such as 3 Crow Bar, 12 South Taproom, M.L. Rose, etc., or a brew pub, such as Boscos Restaurant & Brewery or Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery. Food and a free pint will be included in the package, which Leff anticipates will be close to $45.
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McCauley: The President’s Politics of Beer

Written by Robert H. McCauley for

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A famous quotation often attributed to Ben Franklin holds, “Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy.” The relationship between beer and politics has been an old, though not always honorable one. Throughout much of the early days of our country, when public sanitation was not a given, alcoholic beverages were significantly safer to drink than water. Often times, the beverage of one’s choice could be seen as a political statement. Thomas Jefferson was actually criticized for favoring French wines over domestically produced beer or whiskey.

During much of the nineteenth century, when the secret ballot was not universal, campaigns were not above plying potential supporters with free beer in exchange for their support at the polls. It was probably no accident that two of the greatest political reform movements of that era were women’s suffrage and temperance – the latter of which eventually resulted in the passage of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution that prohibited the production, importation, or sale of “intoxicating” beverages. Unfortunately, despite prior assurances to the contrary, beer was also outlawed, along with liquor and wine under Prohibition.
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