Brooklyn Brewery Mash Coming to Nashville for a Week of Beery Fun

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On the heels of a very successful Nashville Craft Brew Week, one of the nation's top craft brewers is coming to town April 8-14 for a week of beer-related events that they call the Brooklyn Brewery Mash. They describe the traveling road show as "an adventurous mix of the best cultural happenings from our neighborhood and yours; dinner parties, concerts, comedy, readings and humanity's favorite beverage."

Mash is making 11 stops around the country, and Music City is stop No. 3 after Austin and New Orleans, so be gentle in case the Brooklyn folks look a little bit hung over. ML Rose on Franklin Road is the headquarters for Mash week, with events planned all week and discounts including $3 Brooklyn Lager drafts, $3 Brooklyn Summer Ale cans and Brooklyn's golden girl, Sorachi Ace on draft. The kitchen will feature a "Brooklyn Burger" (New York state sharp cheddar, Brown Ale sautéed onions and crispy bacon) on the menu.

Here are the other events taking place at ML Rose:

Monday 4/8
Brooklyn Blackout
Vertical tasting of 3 years of Black Chocolate Stout (bottles) plus a sampling of the beer which doesn't exist.

Tuesday, 4/9
Brooklyn Summer Ale Kickoff & Trivia Night
Brooklyn BLAST! featured on draft while House Chef Andrew shows his mic skills with Brooklyn & Beer trivia. Bring your beer money and your thinking caps, premium swag is on the line.

Wednesday, 4/10
Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Party
Help us celebrate our 25th year on God's green earth with a tapping of our latest Brewmasters Reserve, Silver Anniversary Lager. Also available will be the bottle re-fermented version, featuring beautiful artwork from Brooklyn Artist Fred Tomaselli. We'll raffle off a signed copy of Brewmaster Garrett Oliver's Oxford Companion To Beer & a Steve Hindy edition homebrew kit.

All week long enter to win a Classic Picnic Cooler by buying a Brooklyn Beer.

Some other highlights of the Mash agenda include:

04/10: Brooklyn Brewery Tap Attack @ Flying Saucer
From 6 to 10 p.m., Brooklyn Brewery will take over the taps of Flying Saucer with their full complement of brews: Brooklyn Lager, Brooklyn Brown, BLAST!, Brooklyn Summer Ale, Sorachi Ace and Silver Anniversary Lager. They might even pull out some of their rare Black Ops to finish out the evening.

04/10: Local 2 Ways @ Burger Up
Burger Up Chef Phillip Shyatt and Brooklyn Brewery's House Chef Andrew Gerson are preparing a multi-course beer dinner with a dollar of every check going to benefit Slow Food Nashville.

04/11: Slow Supper with Holly Williams @ Peter Nappi Studio
Songwriter Holly Williams is teaming up with Chef Brandon Frohne and Chef Gerson to prepare a beer dinner featuring some of the Williams' favorite family recipes. (Jambalaya, Crawfish Pie?) The location will be in Peter Nappi's fabulous studio in the old abattoir at the Neuhoff Meat Packing plant in North Nashville. This event is also a benefit for Slow Food Nashville.

04/11: NY Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off @ Stone Fox
No food at this one, but it does sound cool and for only $7 to get in, you can grab some of those great jackfruit nachos at the Stone Fox. Here are the deets: DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap and Dance-Off is North America's most popular soul party — by far playing to more people in more places and generating more capital than any of its contemporaries. Founded in New York City the concept is simple-all night dancing to the wild soul 45s of subterranean superstar DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin and, around 1:00 am, a $100 dance contest judged by a community panel. Cash is great. But so is a trip to Brooklyn for the dance-off championship at Brooklyn Bowl.

04/12: You Can't Drown The Loud Sound @ Mercy Lounge
This is a benefit for Brooklyn's Norton Records, which suffered major damage during Sandy, so come listen to these bands for a great cause:
The A-Bones (Brooklyn)
The Ettes (Nashville)
Daddy Long Legs (Brooklyn)
Weekend Babes (Nashville)

04/13: Found Footage Festival @ High Watt
Another Slow Food fundraiser, this event is described as "a one-of-a-kind comedy event that showcases footage from videos that were found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters across the country. FFF is Nick Preuer and Joe Pickett and is based in New York City."

04/14: Books & Beer: Jeni Britton Bauer in conversation with Chuck Beard @ imogene + willie
Chuck Beard of East Side Stories will interview Ice Cream Queen Jeni Britton Bauer to find out all about her rise to the top of the ice cream cone. Your ticket includes one free Brooklyn Brewery beer and samples of Jeni's frozen treats. A portion of all proceeds will benefit Slow Food Nashville.

04/14: Chaos Cooking
Part pop-up, part Iron Chefesque competition, Chaos Cooking is a hot new trend in guerrilla dining. Here's how they describe it:

The location is secret. The guests are strangers. The menu is unknown. What we do know is that Chaos Cooking is one of the most adventurous ways to eat out (eat in?) we've experienced in a minute.

Started in a small Brooklyn apartment in 2009, Chaos Cooking is an unexpected dining experience that asks not that you bring money but that you bring a recipe, some ingredients and a willingness to put yourself out there, meet new people and try something out.

For more info or to sign up for any of these events, head to the official Mash website. I'd say we're pretty darned lucky to have this caravan rolling through town!

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