About Tennessee Beer and Wine Festival – Leadership and Updates!

Since 2010, we are a team of Nashville residents, led by our chair, Bill LaFollette, with a dream of bringing to our Donelson community an event that will enable avid beer and wine aficionados to enjoy sampling craft, seasonal and micro beers, and a variety of wines in the beautiful grounds of Two Rivers Mansion in our community.

One of the earliest and best preserved of the early Italianate houses in Middle Tennessee and part of an 1100-acre plantation located on fertile, rolling land between the Stones and Cumberland Rivers. Two Rivers Mansion was purchased by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County in 1966, the fourteen-acre tract, which includes the mansion is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Tennessee Beer and Wine Festival Check to Charities

Overall since the beginning of the Festival (originally Tennessee Beer Festival in 2010, and evolving to Tennessee Beer and Wine Festival in 2015) we have given over $125,000 to charities in the Donelson Hermitage area.  The charities that received donations were Two Rivers Mansion, Exchange Family Center, Fifty Forward Donelson Center, Gateway Project of Donelson, Buchanan Log Home, Leadership Donelson Hermitage, Donelson Hermitage Chamber of Commerce, Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce, Holy Rosary Academy and Bambini Montessori.

The Tennessee Beer and Wine Festival is held the third Saturday in October at Two Rivers Mansion.  Last year over 1,700 enthusiastic beer tasters showed up for a great afternoon of some of the best craft beer tastings.  Over 40 local, national and international breweries were there with a selection of over 100 beers to taste.  We are so pleased that we can give money to so many worthwhile non profits while promoting the Donelson Hermitage area through the festival.

Pictured above are just a few of the Tennessee Beer and Wine Festival team members.  From left to right:   Bill LaFollette, Linda McCullough, Stephanie Randolph, and John Hobbs holding the 2016 proceeds check for $30,000.

Bill LaFollette Angela BryanFiftyForward Donelson Station 2Angela Bryan from Fifty Forward – Donelson Station, receiving their check from Bill LaFollette.

Anthony Caduff_ Deann Bradford_ Bill LaFollette_LeadershipDH check presentationAnthony Caduff, and Deann Bradford of Leadership Donelson-Hermitage receiving their check from Bill LaFollette.

Phil and Dot Ponder, Stephanie Randolph, April Oberlin w Bill LaFollette

.Phil and Dot Ponder, Stephanie Randolph, April Oberlin with Bill LaFollette at The Family Center

 BJ Keen and Christy Fike happily accept a check from Bill Lafollette of TN Beer and Wine Festival.



 

 Craft Beer

The craft beer movement has been booming across the country, and Nashville has become home to and amazing list of beer breweries. Here are two local’s who will be are the Tn Beer Festival this year

The Black Abbey Brewing Company – The Black Abbey Brewing Company was founded in 2013 in Nashville Tennessee. We take an artisanal approach to beer, crafting unique and approachable ales from the highest quality ingredients. From our belgian-influenced blonde and abbey ale to our coffee-infused porter and american style pale ale we focus on beers that are delicious, quaffable and refreshing. We hope that you enjoy getting to know our brotherhood of beers and look forward to sharing our brewing vision with you over a pint!

Czann’s Brewing Company – Czann’s Brewing Company has a catalog of several ale recipes that are available year round and seasonally. The Brew Masters overall approach to designing each beer is to strike a balance between solid malt flavor and hop bitterness. Base and most of the specialty malts are supplied by Franco-Belges, one of the largest malteries in Europe. Rather than just adding bitterness, German and American hop varieties are selected to add to the overall flavor of each beer. And finally a clean yeast strain allows the flavor contribution from each ingredient to stand out in every glass. Czann’s is an old family name. Pronounced “zons” the name draws on my German and French ancestry.