Black Mountain Brewkamp (MUSIC-BEER-CAMPING) to feature Girl Talk, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, That 1 Guy and many more.


Girl Talk, Robert Randolph and The Family Band, That 1 Guy, Joe Hertler and The Rainbow Seekers, Simplified, Hog Slop String Band, The Lee Boys, DJs and 20 diverse bands headline weekend of music, craft beer, camping and incredible food

"Asheville, NC (September 22, 2016)—DRAFT Magazine and Porterhouse Presents introduce BrewKamp, a new beer, food and music festival experience on the beautiful Lake Eden Events site on November 4-6, 2016.  The event is a collaboration with Pints for Prostates, a NC based non-profit that raises awareness among men about the importance of regular men’s health screenings through the language of beer.    

MUSIC
Girl Talk, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Tribute to Doc Watson, Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers, That 1 Guy, Simplified, Apple Seed Collective, Hog Slop String Band, The Lee Boys with special Gospel Brunch on Sunday and many other artists (funk, rock, bluegrass, Americana, marching bands, New Orleans, gospel, DJs) will play continuously across the venue’s seven unique stages, ranging from a one-of-a-kind 5000 capacity Tent Venue mega structure fully covered stage to intimate bonfire and barn stages. Kampers can also dance the night away at the Silent Disco tent, with live music featuring That 1 Guy, DJs and 1500 wireless headsets.

FOOD AND DRINK
Craft beer, cider, and wine will flow throughout the weekend from custom brewery led experiences to a mobile bar that travels around the site. Beer lovers can explore the craft beer scene via unique events like the extremely Rare Brew and Small Batch sessions in the barns, Homebrewer’s Challenge, Food and Beer Pairing by guest chefs and more. This is a feastival as much as a festival.  Patrons will enjoy global and local cuisine at the micro dining villages including a BBQ pit, giant seafood and vegan paellas, wood-fired fare and other top food vendors. 

ACCOMODATIONS
The event will accommodate overnight camping with comfort levels that range from rustic camping to Glamping.  RV and car camping will also be available.  Kampers can also take everything in while relaxing in a wood-fired hot tub
along Lake Eden to hiking to amazing views.      

LOCATION
Located on Lake Eden, 15 minutes from Asheville in the Blue Ridge Mountain near historic Black Mountain, Kampers will enjoy spectacular views and outdoor fun.

TICKETS
Tickets access the full lineup of national musical talent, merchandise and the Homebrewers Challenge. First Tier Tickets are on sale with early bird pricing Friday September, 23rd at $55 per day, $100 for weekend day pass and $145 for the weekend camping pass with car and RV camping at limited availabilities. Sunday Gospel Brunch that include a feast are $25 or $10 for Weekend Campers for a Gospel and Cuban Rumba Brunch.  Second tier tickets will go on sale September 30th with the announcement of more headlining artists! 

Tickets and more information can be found at www.brewkamp.com

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About DRAFT Magazine
DRAFT Magazine was launched in September of 2006 at the Great American Beer Festival.  Since that time, DRAFT has built the largest beer enthusiast base of its kind, offering the highest quality beer and beer-related content available on the market, as well as the most robust and widespread distribution and marketing platform in the industry. DRAFT taps into the freshest flavors, unique experiences and emerging trends in beer, plus food, travel and leisure for a 360-degree view of the modern drinker’s lifestyle.

About Porterhouse Presents
Porterhouse Presents and Tent Venue our mobile touring and technology brand is a full-range event production company that produces award-winning music and food festivals nationwide. Our work is about collaborating with local communities, nonprofits and providing unique tools and resources for the events industry including our one-of-a-kind in the US Quad Saddle Span Tent that holds 5000 at capacity.  We founded the 18 now Annual Summer and Winter Microbrew & Music Festivals and hundreds of concerts, festivals and events throughout the US especially in Montana and Michigan.  We have provided production with South by Southwest events, World Championship Cross Fit Games, Electric Forest Festival, VELD, Detroit Creative Festival, The Hudson Music Project, Mamby on the Beach, Eaux Claires Festival and more.  For 20 years, we’ve worked in realms across the industry from Montana to Michigan, producing thousands of shows, festivals, events and specialize in Craft Beer Festivals.  Some artists we have supported include Spearhead, Atmosphere, STS9, Avett Brothers, Yonder Mountain String Band, Dierks Bentley, Built To Spill, That 1 Guy, Trombone Shorty, Modest Mouse, Brandi Carlile, Girl Talk, Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, LMFAO, 12th Planet, Wiz Khalifa, Tom Brokaw, David Sedaris and Ani DiFranco not to mention thousands of young bands helping them build their markets and have a good gig.   www.tentvenue.com
About Pints for Prostates
Pints for Prostates reaches men through the universal language of beer to encourage them to take charge of their health. The group was founded by prostate cancer survivor and beer writer Rick Lyke in 2008. The grassroots effort raises awareness among men about the importance of regular men’s health screenings by making appearances at beer festivals, social networking and pro bono advertising. According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 233,000 new prostate cancer cases are diagnosed annually in the U.S. More information is available at www.pintsforprostates.org. Pints for Prostates also has a presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@pints4prostates)."

- A Press Release

Ricky Skaggs with Kentucky Thunder to Headline 2016 LandJam


             "GREENSBORO, NC – Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder will headline the 8th annual Piedmont Land Conservancy’s LandJam, October 14th at the historic Carolina Theatre in downtown Greensboro.  The opening act will feature the Jon Stickley Trio, an up-and-coming band with strong Greensboro ties. Proceeds from the event will benefit PLC’s land conservation efforts in the North Carolina Piedmont.
            Skaggs’s career has overlapped with several musical genres including gospel, bluegrass and country.  The 14-time Grammy Award winner is widely known for being a musical innovator that continues to forge ahead with new ideas.  Stickley is an emerging artist who credits Piedmont resident Tony Rice as one of the most important influences in his rising musical career. 
VF is the title sponsor of this year’s event.  “VF’s commitment to environmental sustainability guides our actions to always be a better steward of the Earth’s resources,” says Letitia Webster, Vice President of Global Corporate Sustainability at VF. “Our sustainability strategy spans the globe, and that includes right here at home in the Piedmont of North Carolina. Piedmont Land Conservancy is a valuable partner in helping us make a positive impact in our home region.” 
 “We look forward to celebrating one of PLC’s recent projects on the Mayo River with a night of electrifying music,” explains Kevin Redding, executive director of the PLC, “Ricky Skaggs is one the best in the business and guests who haven’t heard Stickley’s music yet will walk away knowing they’ve just heard one of the future greats.”
All proceeds from the LandJam will go to benefit Piedmont Land Conservancy in securing and protecting more natural heritage in the Piedmont area. The concert will be held at 8:00 on Friday,
October 14, at the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro, NC. Tickets are on sale now at the Carolina Theatre box office, 336-333-2605. For more information on the event, visit the event web site at www.piedmontlandjam.com


Piedmont Land Conservancy is a tax-exempt non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to preserving natural and scenic lands, farms and open spaces in Piedmont North Carolina. The Conservancy is the only local land trust serving nine northern Piedmont counties – Alamance, Caswell, Forsyth, Guilford, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin. PLC is an Accredited member of the Land Trust Alliance and North Carolina’s– the Land Trust Council. For more information on Piedmont Land Conservancy, visit www.piedmontland.org."
- A Press Release

Potters of the Piedmont Pottery Festival November 12, 2016, 10:00AM-4:00PM

"Greensboro, NC - More than 50 regional potters will participate in the Potters of the Piedmont Pottery Festival on Sat,, Nov, 12 from 10:00am until 4:00pm. Located at the Leonard Recreation Center, 6324 Ballinger Road, Greensboro, NC 27410, a large selection of handmade, functional, decorative, and sculptural pottery from NC, SC, & VA will be available for sale.

Founders Molly Lithgo and Jim Rientjes of Earthworks Pottery highlighted the Potters of the Piedmont pottery festival as an extension of their studio show begun in 2002. Their vision of this festival is to showcase local potters as well as those from around the state and beyond.
Potters of the Piedmont is proud to partner with Greensboro Urban Ministry’s Feast of Caring and Mosaic-A Lifespan Studio. This year there will be pottery raffle with all proceeds going to Greensboro Urban Ministry.

This festival offers the public an opportunity to meet some of the most accomplished regional potters in one accessible location. Ample parking is available; the event is free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by: Earthworks Pottery, Mary’s Antiques, Greensboro Parks and Recreation Dept., Triad City Beat, Cheesecakes by Alex, and Greensboro Urban Ministry.


For further information contact Jim Rientjes @ 336-662-2357 or earthworksgallery@att.net
http://www.pottersofthepiedmont.com"

- A Press Release

Kenny Chesney to Headline Carolina Country

The Southeast’s premier country music fest kicks off summer season in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

"CHARLOTTE, NC (September 22, 2016) – Carolina Country (CCMF), in conjunction with Full House Productions (FHP) and Visit Myrtle Beach, reveal that Kenny Chesney – eight-time Entertainer of the Year – will headline the 2017 oceanfront music festival June 8-11.

The only country artist on Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Last 25 Years, in spite of only having 12 eligible tours, Chesney’s love of life, music and friends have driven his music and defined what an army of fans know as the No Shoes Nation. Chesney’s 28 No. 1 singles including “American Kids,” “Save It For A Rainy Day,” “When the Sun Goes Down,” “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems,” “Anything But Mine,” “You & Tequila” with Grace Potter and the brand new “Setting the World on Fire” with P!NK, embody the free-spirited moments that make CCMF a can’t-miss country music event.

"Kenny Chesney is a perfect fit for Carolina Country,” said Bob Durkin, President of FHP. “With a strong tie – musically and personally – to the ocean, Chesney is a perfect headliner, as he personifies what a beachfront festival is all about.”

Tickets for CCMF are available now and can be purchased at www.CCMF.com. For accommodations or more information about Myrtle Beach, go to www.VisitMyrtleBeach.com.  

Carolina Country Music Fest (CCMF), the Southeast’s premier outdoor country music fest, is located on the shores of Myrtle Beach. A unique blend of today’s country headliners and up-and-comers, CCMF is host to the industry’s biggest stars. With the combination of country music and the scenic Myrtle Beach backdrop, this family-friendly, three-day fest is a summer vacation destination.

Full House Productions is a premier entertainment and production company specializing in the restaurant, nightlife, entertainment and hospitality industries. From producing concerts with the music industry's biggest stars to partnering with restaurants and bars to achieve their marketing goals, Full House Concerts, a division of Full House Productions, is a full service event production company experienced in planning, marketing and executing concerts, festivals and special events. Since 1998, FHP has produced over 500 events in over a dozen cities around the United States with a leadership team comprised of experienced, innovative, unique and talented individuals.


Kenny Chesney, described by The Dallas Morning News as “two parts Jagger, one part Springsteen and one part Billy Graham,” has been creating high-energy highpoints of summer for people for a dozen years. Having sold more than 30 million albums, he lives to perform – having headlined 135 major stadium shows over 10 tours, as well as recording duets with Uncle Kracker, Willie Nelson, Mac McAnally, Dave Matthews and the Wailers. “Cosmic Hallelujah,” the follow-up to the four -No. 1-hit-yielding “The Big Revival,” hits streets Oct. 28."

- A Press Release

PANIC! AT THE DISCO COMING TO GREENSBORO APRIL 11

ANNOUNCE 2017 U.S. DEATH OF A BACHELOR ARENA TOUR
WITH SUPPORT FROM MISTERWIVES AND SAINT MOTEL

NEW “LA DEVOTEE” MUSIC VIDEO CO-STARS
STRANGER THINGS STAR NOAH SCHNAPP

ACCLAIMED ALBUM DEATH OF A BACHELOR RECEIVES GOLD CERTIFICATION
BY THE RIAA,  BECOMING THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE ALBUM RELEASED THIS YEAR TO ACHIEVE THIS MILESTONE


"September 22, 2016 – Panic! At The Disco today announced that they will embark on the Death Of A Bachelor Tour, a headlining U.S. arena run in celebration of the success of their gold-certified fifth studio album Death Of A Bachelor, supported by MisterWives and special guests Saint Motel. The 35-city tour kicks off February 24 in Uncasville, CT and wraps on April 15 in Sunrise, FL making stops at major venues including New York’s Madison Square Garden and L.A.’s The Forum.

 Panic! At The Disco will play Greensboro Coliseum on April 11.  AT&T is sending customers to the front of the line with AT&T priority pre-sale ticket access beginning on Monday, September 26 at 12 p.m. (Noon) through Thursday, September 29 at 10 p.m.  via the AT&T THANKS program. For complete pre-sale details visit att.com/frontoftheline. Tickets for the general public go on-sale starting Friday, September 30 at 10 a.m. on LiveNation.com.   

Panic! At The Disco today also released a new music video for “LA Devotee,” a dark and brooding ode to frontman Brendon Urie’s current city co-starring Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) from the acclaimed Netflix series Stranger Things. The eerie clip was directed by SCANTRON and Mel Soria. Watch the video HERE.

Earlier this summer, the Recording Industry Association of America honored Panic! At The Disco with the gold certification of their album Death Of A Bachelor for exceeding 500,000 units sold. Death Of A Bachelor was one of only eleven albums released in 2016 to receive an RIAA certification this year, and the only alternative genre release to reach this milestone. The album also spawned RIAA certified gold singles “Hallelujah” and “Victorious.

Death Of A Bachelor is available now HERE via DCD2/Fueled By Ramen/Crush Music. The New York Times praised the album saying, “[it] evokes both the flamboyant swagger of Queen and the mechanized gleam of Daft Punk.” P!ATD’s summer co-headline tour with Weezer played to more than half a million fans and was a critical success with media praising their live show as “explosive, anthemic” (Pollstar) and “action-packed minutes of skyscraping vocals and inventive visuals” (Indianapolis Star) while calling Urie’s showmanship “[a]Freddie Mercury-channeling vision of modern rock 'n' roll excess” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).

Produced by Jake Sinclair, Death Of A Bachelor marks the first release from Panic! At The Disco in nearly two years, following 2013's acclaimed Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!. Aside from debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart, the album has produced five top 15-charting hits on the Hot Rock Songs chart with "Hallelujah," "Emperor's New Clothes," "LA Devotee," current single "Don't Threaten Me With A Good Time," and the album's energetic, lead single "Victorious" charting Top 10 at Alternative. The band will be on TBS’ CONAN tonight at 11 p.m./10c performing the album’s title track.

About MisterWives:
MisterWives – MisterWives are: Mandy Lee (Vocals), Etienne Bowler (Drums), Will Hehir (Bass), Marc Campbell (Guitar) and Jesse Blum (Keys/Trumpet/Accordion). Hailing from New York, the band has solidified themselves as a force to be reckoned with after the release of their debut album Our Own House (Photo Finish/Republic Records) which featured breakout hits “Reflections,” “Hurricane,” “Our Own House,” and “Not Your Way,” Landing the #1 spot on the Billboard Emerging Artist Chart, the group has gone on to perform at legendary festivals including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Outside Lands ,Governors Ball and appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night With Seth Meyers, and Good Morning America. Recently the group’s cover of Chance The Rapper’s “Same Drugs” which went viral online and hit #1 on the Hype Machine Chart. The band is currently in studio working on their highly anticipated sophomore album.

About Saint Motel:
Los Angeles-based Saint Motel’s kaleidoscopic sound and inventive live performances have earned them a loyal fanbase that flock to their headlining shows and standout sets at festivals such as Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Bonnaroo.  The band scored breakout success with their 2015 Elektra Records debut, My Type EP, whose title track was a top 10 hit at Alternative radio and one of Entertainment Weekly’s “songs of the summer.”  “My Type” has logged over 100 million global streams to date, with an additional 13 million views of the track’s self-directed, companion video.  Saint Motel is set to release their much anticipated, full length saintmotelevision on October 21, with the album’s lead single “Move” already starting its ascent on the Alternative and Triple A radio charts.  The band is currently on a headlining tour through North America that also includes stops at Austin City Limits Music Festival and New Orleans’ Voodoo Festival.  For more information, please visit www.saintmotel.com.

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- A Press Release

OCTOBER RELEASES FROM DEVILS BACKBONE BREWING COMPANY

THE THREE SEASONAL RELEASES INCLUDE KILT FLASHER, TECTONIC BARLEYWINE, AND A NEW ADVENTURE PACK

"LEXINGTON, VA – This October, Devils Backbone Brewing Company will release new seasonal beers from three different series. The next Trail Blazer brew will be Kilt Flasher, a hearty Scottish ale with a rich, warming complexity perfect for the onset of winter. The exclusive, draft-only Peak series release will be Tectonic Barleywine, a complex, well matured ale meant to be savored with each sip. And there will also be a new Adventure Pack sampler full of beers previously only available on draft at the Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows (Roseland, VA): Flor de Luna, Smokehouse Porter, Berliner Weiss, and Single Hop IPA. Craft beer drinkers will have the perfect beer for any adventure with this versatile mix of releases.
“These beers make up one of our most dynamic releases to date.  You have strong, malty, smoky, tart, floral, and hoppy flavors represented,” says Brewmaster Jason Oliver. “I’m excited to see the rich Tectonic Barleywine make it into the market, the Kilt Flasher is a personal Trail Blazer favorite of mine, and this Adventure Pack is hard to beat on diversity.”
·         Kilt Flasher (8% ABV, 20 IBU)
Brown with ruby highlights, Kilt Flasher is an ale packed with toffee and toasted malt flavors. Much like the early Scottish settlers of the Virginia Highlands, it has a robustness that stands up to anything. Enjoy a pint today and expose yourself to great beer.  Brown, Robust, Toffee.
Our Trail Blazers stray from the beaten path into a world of robust and daring beers featuring bigger, bolder flavors for fueling your spirit of adventure.
Availability: Six-pack bottles and on draft October through December

·         Tectonic Barleywine (11.6% ABV, 50 IBU)
We build the flavors for our complex English inspired barleywine using six imported malts and two diverse hops.  Savory, Full, Rewarding.
When you blaze a trail up a mountain, your goal is to reach the peak. We did the same with the Peak Series, our brewer’s selections that combine intensity, adventurous flavors and special brewing techniques to reach the pinnacle of the brewers’ art.
Availability: Draft only in October

Adventure Pack
·         Flor De Luna (6.3% ABV, 21 IBU)
A Belgian-style blonde ale with the spritely fruity and flowery aroma of jasmine. Bright, floral, lively.
·         Smokehouse Porter (5.7% ABV, 41 IBU)
Two types of smoked malts layer on top of dark crystal, brown, and chocolate malt to create a smoky, toasty, rich black ale. Smoke, roast, toast.
·         Berliner Weiss (3.9% ABV, 7 IBU)
An award winning German-style sour ale. Pale straw in color, with a light body and a tart refreshing acidity. Light, tart, zip.
·         Single Hop IPA (7.9% ABV, 77 IBU)
Light in color and body, this strong pale ale was designed to have a clean malt profile to showcase the single hop variety used: Equinox. Pale, hoppy, lean.
Availability: Mixed 12-pack bottles and draft October through December
These releases are available throughout the Devils Backbone distribution footprint of Virginia, District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

Devils Backbone beers are inspired by the great brewing traditions of Europe and the ingenuity of modern craft brewing.  Devils Backbone has earned numerous accolades for its beers, exceling in the art of lager brewing in an ale dominated industry. The brewing team has received medals from the World Beer Cup, Australian International Beer Awards, Virginia Craft Brewers Fest and the Great American Beer Festival® including national titles for GABF 2014 Mid-Sized Brewing Company and Brew Team of the Year, 2013 Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year and 2012 Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year.

Devils Backbone operates two breweries in central Virginia:  Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows (200 Mosbys Run, Roseland, VA) the original brewery, restaurant and the Meadows, the new outdoor beer and dining area, located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in scenic Nelson County; and the Outpost Brewery & Tap Room, a state-of-the-art production brewery and tap room (50 North Wind Lane, Lexington, VA). 

In 2008, founders Steve Crandall and his wife Heidi, inspired by a skiing trip where they had their first taste of German beer, opened the doors to Devils Backbone Brewing Company in the heartland of Virginia.  Basecamp Brewpub was an instant regional success and with so many beer lovers asking where they could purchase the brews, they broke ground on the Outpost in 2011.  Anticipated to produce 10,000 barrels of beer in the first ten years of operation, the Outpost reached 45,000 barrels in the first three years and recently completed an additional expansion to reach 250,000 barrels.

For more information, please visit.dbbrewingcompany.com.  You can also follow along as they Craft an Adventure #CraftAnAdventure on Facebook/devilsbackbonebrewingcompany, Twitter @dbbrewingco and Instagram @devilsbackbonebrewingcompany."

- A Press Release

Warrants Taken Out on Two People for Assaulting a Police Officer

"GREENSBORO, NC (Sept. 20, 2016) –Greensboro police have taken out warrants on Chalon Marshawn Little and Pamela Nicole Stamper for physically assaulting, and deliberately striking a police officer with their vehicle yesterday.

The incident occurred at approximately 1:55 pm Tuesday when a detective responded to a report of shoplifting from the Target at 1628 Highlands Blvd. As the detective attempted to arrest Little, the man became combative and assaulted the officer. While the two were struggling, Stamper placed the vehicle she was driving in reverse, which hit the detective.          The detective received minor injuries. 

Stamper, 31, and Little, 36, have no permanent address and are known to frequent area motels. They were seen operating a sage green Chevy Malibu bearing NC registration CMA-4514, however the license plate does not belong to that vehicle.

Stamper (aka Kennedy) and Little are wanted for Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Hit and Run, and other charges related to theft.


Anyone who may know their whereabouts is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000 or text the tip to 274637 using the keyword badboyz. All calls to Crime Stoppers are completely anonymous, and may result in a reward up to $2,000."

- A Press Release

Grains and Grits to Bring Record Number of Distillers to Blount County

Inaugural whiskey celebration will include national
brands, craft distilleries, local breweries and restaurants

 "TOWNSEND, Tenn. – Whiskey lovers from East Tennessee and beyond are invited to attend an unprecedented event in Blount County on the first Saturday in November. Grains and Grits, a celebration of Southern spirits and gourmet grub, will bring more than two dozen Tennessee distilleries to the Townsend Visitors’ Center for its inaugural event on Saturday, November 5.

The festival showcases a who’s-who of Tennessee whiskey legends, including Jack Daniels Master Distiller Jeff Arnett, who will be participating in his first-ever East Tennessee tasting, and other national whiskey names such as George Dickel. A bevy of craft distillers from throughout the state will also sample their spirits to attendees, including Old Forge, Popcorn Sutton, Thunder Road and Chattanooga Whiskey.

 “Grains and Grits is a chance for whiskey enthusiasts to enjoy the widest variety of Tennessee distilleries to ever gather in one location,” said Tennessee Distillers Guild President Kris Tatum, who is also general manager of Old Forge Distillery in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. “It’s an invaluable experience for anyone who appreciates this treasured Tennessee export.”

Grains and Grits is being arranged and hosted by the Tennessee Distillers Guild and the Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority (SMTDA).

“Blount County is eager to welcome distilleries and whiskey enthusiasts to Townsend for this event,” said SMTDA Director of Tourism Kim Mitchell. “This will be a one-of-a-kind experience for whiskey makers and tasters alike.”

While Tennessee whiskey serves as the event’s focus, there will be plenty of offerings for non-whiskey-drinkers. Several area restaurants will serve food, and many area breweries and wineries will be in attendance. World-renowned resort Blackberry Farm will serve both food and beer. Live music will provide a backdrop for the celebration.

Grains and Grits is an opportunity for distillers to connect with customers face to face, and nearly two dozen of them have signed up to offer samples at the event.

“To be able to talk to people one-on-one is one of the favorite things about my job,” said Popcorn Sutton Distilling’s Master Blender, Allisa Henley. “You get instantaneous feedback, and people associate the product with you personally, which is rewarding.”

 What do guests stand to gain from the experience?
  
“The opportunity to try new things and meet the people behind the distilleries and get that one-on-one contact,” Henley said. “I think Grains and Grits is an education of what Tennessee distilleries have to offer. We have distilleries that make Tennessee whiskey, moonshine, gins and vodkas, and I don’t think a lot of people realize how many distilleries our state has.”

Just over 10 years ago, brothers Charlie and Andy Nelson would have been more likely to attend this event as tasters rather than representing a distillery. But when they discovered two preserved bottles of their triple-great-grandfather’s whiskey during a routine trip to Greenbrier, Tennessee, they realized their calling – to extend his legacy into the 21st centuryby resurrecting Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, dormant since prohibition. They will represent the embodiment of that dream and their acclaimed spirits at Grains and Grits.

“Face-to-face interaction with the consumer is the most energizing and exciting experience for us, and it gives us the chance to tell our story and let the customer ask direct questions,” said Andy Nelson. “This event specifically is in a beautiful area, and I'm very excited to visit Townsend again.”

Grains and Grits represents more than a chance for whiskey lovers to experience the finest spirits in Tennessee; it’s also a meeting of the minds for distillers, who enjoy unique competitive camaraderie.

“The industry is very large, but it has a very small feel to it,” said Henley. “It has a family feel where everyone looks out for each other. I really enjoy that.”

“The distillers and makers have a sort of internal understanding of the day-to-day struggles and experiences that come with running a distillery and it fosters a special bond,” said Nelson. “Of course, sitting around drinking whiskey with familiar friends doesn't hurt!”


 Tickets for Grains and Grits are $60 online and $70 the day of the event, and VIP parking is $10. They can be purchased at GrainsAndGritsFest.com. The website also includes more information about the event."

- Press Release