Brewfest: beer tastings, food trucks, music … and better weather

Brewfest: beer tastings, food trucks, music … and better weather

Above: Brewfest was on March 11 last year, when temperatures were below 40. // DEBBIE SMARTT


A favorable weather forecast for Franklin’s Main Street Brewfest this Saturday is calling for an afternoon high of 72 degrees, a low of 45, and a 20% chance of rain.

That’s a bit more comfortable than the outlook for St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, Ireland, where they are predicting a high of 37 and a 60% chance of rain and snow.

It also is better than Brewfest 2017, when patrons in Downtown Franklin faced temperatures between 30 and 40 degrees.

The recommended serving temperature for craft beer is 40 to 45 degrees. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in more than 50 tastings with more than 70 craft beers.

Brewfest runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. // FILE PHOTO

In addition to the beer, the annual festival presented by Lipman Brothers and hosted by the Downtown Franklin Association will feature live music by Boomerang and food trucks, such as Dan’s Gourmet Mac & Cheese, Grilled Cheeserie, S’more Love Bakery and Puckett’s.

This year’s beer line-up includes, but is not limited to:
• Abita
• Asgard (Columbia, Tennessee)
• Brooklyn Brewery (newcomer to the festival)
• Collective Arts (newcomer to the festival)
• Einstok
• Falls City
• Goodwood
• Gypsy Cider (Kingsport, Tennessee)
• Hap & Harry’s (Nashville)
• Hi-Wire
• Magic Hat

• Napa Smith
• New Holland
• Paulaner
• Press
• Seattle Cider (newcomer to the festival)
• Sierra Nevada
• Stiegl
• Turtle Anarchy (Nashville, originated in Franklin)
• Wooha Brewing

Though not a Lipman Brothers distribution client, Franklin’s Mantra Artisan Ales also will be on hand, as will Cool Springs Brewery.

The event takes place from 5 – 8 p.m., and guests must have a ticket to participate in the beer tastings but not to enjoy the festivities. Main Street will be open to all pedestrian traffic and restaurants and many shops will remain open for business.

Proceeds from the event go to the continued revitalization and promotion of the 16-block historic district, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and designated by the National Trust as a Great American Main Street and a Preserve America Community.

Tickets for Main Street Brewfest are on sale online at General admission tickets are $55. If available, day-of tickets will be sold at $65 per guest.

For more information about Main Street Brewfest, visit

Main Street Brewfest is sponsored by Lipman Brothers, Twine Graphics, Walton’s Antique & Estate Jewelry, AMI, Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLC, Williamson Herald, Southern Exposure Magazine, Volunteer Welding and YOUR Williamson.

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