Main Street Brew Fest

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One night a year for more than the past decade, one thing has brought  hundreds of people together in Downtown Franklin – beer.

Beer lovers have the opportunity to taste some of the best local, national and international brews during the Main Street Brew Fest.  This year, there was 31 tasting sites offering a total of 70 craft beers.  With one set fee, you’re able to try and re-try as many beers as you want as much as you want in the span of three hours.  All while roaming the ever-enticing Franklin streets and enjoying Celtic performers.

The Downtown Franklin Association puts on this great festival with all the proceeds going to continued revitalization and promotion of Historic Downtown Franklin -as if you needed another reason to attend a brew fest.

The different tasting sites were set up in tents along main street, inside stores, and even inside the visitor’s center.  Imagine just happening to visit Franklin for the first time, stopping by the visitor’s center and everyone is coming in to drink beer…yep, that’s the first impression my hometown gives off.

Seventy beers is a lot to try and even harder to keep up with what was my favorite and which ones I didn’t like.  I can honestly say there were only a few I tried that I wouldn’t care to drink again.  There were many that I really enjoyed though.

Some of my favorite breweries and beers included:

Cool Springs Brewery  – An amazing and local brewery with one of the largest selections available for tasting and definitely the most personable staff.

  • Peckerless Session IPA
  • English Mild

New Holland Artisan Spirits – A brewery from Michigan that ended up being our favorite by the end of the night.  They also had several to try, but the Dragon’s Milk ended up being the best.  They also had gin, bourbon and a flavored bourbon available to taste as well.  

  • Dragon’s Milk

Atwater – Atwater Brewery also comes from Michigan.  Apparently I need to go to Michigan.

  • Voodoo Vator

Left Hand – Left Hand Brewery is based in Colorado and was definitely in our top 5 favorites.

  • Milk Stout

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Do you enjoy attending festivals like this?  How are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year?

Ashley is the mastermind behind A Southern Gypsy, a travel blog focused adventure, outdoors, wildlife and Vegan food! In between bigger trips, she is delivering the best of her hometown, Nashville. Hates mustard & pickles. Needs coffee to function. Other passions | activism, minimalism, zero waste, books + writing.

18 Comments

  1. Kara

    March 17, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    Great pics and a great post! Looks like I missed a lot of fun! 🙁

  2. Sammi

    March 17, 2014 at 5:20 AM

    It looks a lot of fun, the more you post about where you live the more I want to visit 🙂

  3. Tiffany

    March 17, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    I absolutely love your pictures, the one with the dog and the street performer is amazing. I really think I have to go beer tasting sometime soon, I might finally discover some I enjoy 🙂

    • Ashley Hubbard

      March 18, 2014 at 7:25 AM

      Thanks Tiffany – that was my favorite as well!

  4. Linda Brendle

    March 17, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    I, too, am a Southern Gypsy at heart. My husband and I made several cross-country treks in our motor home before we retired. We’re staying home for now, though, so until the priced of diesel comes down a bit, maybe I can enjoy traveling through your eyes.
    Blessings,
    Linda

    • Ashley Hubbard

      March 18, 2014 at 7:24 AM

      That’s awesome Linda…that’s something I would really love to do 🙂

  5. Lauren

    March 17, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Looks like you had a lot of fun – so many different beers to try!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      March 18, 2014 at 7:21 AM

      There were definitely were plenty Lauren! 🙂

  6. Travis

    March 18, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Great post and photos Ashley. I love beer events like this – we have a pretty fun one every spring just a couple hours away from our hometown and we always try and get there Great beer, great food, lots of great people – what’s not to love! Thanks for sharing.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      March 19, 2014 at 8:33 AM

      That’s never a bad scenario – sounds like a lot of fun! 🙂

  7. Erin

    March 19, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Ah, beer! The great equalizer. Looks like a fantastic time. By the way, your photography here is excellent!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      March 21, 2014 at 7:28 AM

      Thanks so much Erin – first time using my new lens!

  8. anna parker

    March 19, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    dangerous! i’m not sure this could happen in the uk with the binge drinking culture we have – but amazing nonetheless that you can try and drink what you want on one set fee! And out of doors too! Not in some big beer hall!!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      March 21, 2014 at 7:28 AM

      Haha – binge drinking is pretty ridiculous here too, but Franklin has a free trolley system and there were lots of designated drivers available. 🙂

  9. Syd

    March 20, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    I love beer festivals! Going to one in Santa Fe in May and it is definitely one of the things I am MOST excited about for my return to the USA. Haha.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      March 21, 2014 at 7:10 AM

      That sounds like fun! You really can’t go wrong with a beer festival 🙂

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