It's Time to Hoist the Mugs 7

Outdoor festival season 
begins with 14th Annual 
Main Street Brewfest.

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, comes the Main Street Brewfest! Held in Historic Downtown Franklin on Saturday, March 11 from 5-8 p.m., Brewfest is the first outdoor festival of the season and is expected to draw a crowd of close to 2,500 people. Last year, Brewfest had moved to May but this year is returning to its St. Patty’s Day roots.

Beerlovers take note: there is a lot of buzz about an exciting new addition to the brew lineup, the Main Street Brewfest Beer, created by Franklin’s own Mantra Artisan Ales. Mantra partnered with the Downtown Franklin Association to create a neighborhood beer specifically in honor of the festival, incorporating unique regional flavors. Butternut squash and sweet potatoes from Delvin Farms, oak staves from Trubee Honey, Tasmanian pepper-berries, sweet orange peel and cinnamon from Savory Spice Shop all contributed to the rich and savory flavor of the new brew. To top off the distinctive and enjoyable blend, the beer was dry-hopped over real diamonds from Walton’s Antique and Estate Jewelry! Hence, The Main Street Beer is aptly nicknamed “Meil de Diamant,” which, of course, means “honey diamond.”

In addition, Brewfest has upped the count of exhibiting home brewers. At press time, six home brewers were confirmed, rounding out the count of 80+ craft beers to sample at over 35 tasting sites. Attendees can expect not only the latest local, national and international brews from an exploding micro-brewery market, but live music, Celtic performers, food trucks, merriment and more.

Brewfest Chair, Julie Walton-Garland adds, “Brewfest is always a fun way to kick off the spring. It’s a celebration of everything America’s Favorite Main Street has to offer, from the unique shops to the incredible restaurants. I’m excited to be heading it up this year. We are encouraging people to go ahead and buy tickets early, so they can enjoy the incredible selection of craft beers.”

Sponsors of this highly-anticipated annual event include Lipman Brothers, Homestead Manor, Harpeth True Value Homecenter, Twine Graphics, Ami Marketing, Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant and Boathouse, Walton’s, Signs First, JJ’s Winebar, Landmark Community Bank, Outdoor Classic Structures and Cool Springs Brewery.

Brewfest is the Downtown Franklin Association’s annual fundraiser for the continued revitalization and promotion of the 16-block historic district and will be held rain or shine. Attendees 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.

Ticket information as well as any updates or announcements can be found online DowntownFranklinTN.com.