Great American Craft Beer Tour announces Music in the Middle Beer Festival
O.K., the last thing Nashville needs is another overpriced beer festival. Well, this one isn’t in Nashville, it is in Woodbury. Where is Woodbury, you may ask? Well, it’s about twenty minutes east of Murfreesboro. So why Woodbury then?
Woodbury is a beautiful little town in the Cumberland Plateau. State parks with amazing hiking are nearby, and the drive in is spectacular. It is also the home of Short Mountain Distillery, at 119 Mountain Spirits Lane. Why post the address? (There are a lot of questions in this post). The beer festival is being held on the property of the Short Mountain Distillery. It will be right in the middle of their three hundred acres of beautiful, rolling countryside.
The beer festival will also be right in the middle of the Music in the Middle Modern Arts Festival. This festival runs October fourth through the sixth, with the beer festival being held Saturday afternoon on the fifth. “We believe that the Music in the Middle Fest will be the one festival that stands above the others in guest interaction,” said Cameron Sloan, president of Neon Stanza, host of the event.
Cameron, with his business partner Stephen Masterson, have been working on this concept for years. They wanted a multiple day event that specifically featured and highlighted all that is great about Tennessee. Some of the venues they considered were a bit more local, but the Short Mountain Distillery location will really allow Tennessee talent to be on display in an idyllic setting.
This has been referred to as a mini-Bonnaroo, which is no exaggeration. It will likely be a full blown Bonnaroo before too long. The property is stunning and the music lineup is inspired. The impressive list of over fifty local bands features the always popular Space Capone, as well as Beyond the Brave, Delta Saints, the Black Cadillacs, Dead Martinis, the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, and more.
The national featured acts have an international flair. The 1975 from England join Aeroplane from Belgium. Also appearing is Hockey, Late Night Alumni, and Viceroy. Ryan Ross from Panic at the Disco will be appearing, and Julian Casablancas from the Strokes will have his side project Color on stage.
The best news is that the first 3,000 tickets sold will include the beer festival in the price, assuming the person is twenty one, that is. It is assumed that a fair amount of those first buyers will be underage, so stand alone beer festival tickets are available for only $35. Beer festival attendees will have an option of buying into the music festival, which will be surrounding them, at a discount.
The logistics of the entire event are complicated and daunting. The beer festival part has it’s challenges, as well. Because of the location, working with the distributors is a true collaboration, and their participation has been amazing. The festival will be a flown blown event as people like to see, with over one hundred beers from over fifty breweries for aficionados to sample and enjoy.
A hundred bands, a hundred beers. Three days of camping, laser light shows, snow machines, interactive exhibits, laser tag, it just keeps getting better and better. Tickets are on sale now. Don’t miss out on this one.
Time for a pint. Cheers!