Music City Brew Off

Announcing the 23rd Annual Music City Brew Off

October 20th 2018

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To all homebrewers, judges, stewards, and beer enthusiasts, I personally invite you to the 23rd Annual Music City Brew Off.  We are continuing our efforts to make our competition the finest in the South East.  Our competition this year will be held at the World Famous Opryland Hotel (2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214).  We encourage attendees to stay at the Opryland Hotel with the group rate of $109 plus any associated fees.  You can call the hotel: (615) 889-1000 to book your room. If you stay at the Opryland then you will not have to worry about driving anywhere or calling for an Uber or Lyft. If you choose not to stay at the Opryland then you have a lot more options just across the street or 3 exits down off Briley Parkway.

This year we will kick off the event with our guest speaker Thomas Mercado of Rock Bottom Brewing located in the heart of downtown Nashville. He will be speaking at 7pm Oct 19th.  Topics will include: Brewing for your audience, Designing beer for your food offering, How to plan for the future, How to work well with others and listen to the ideas of less experienced beer enthusiasts, along with a mix of other topics. Thomas is a very approachable guy and he brings many years of experience to the table.  Come join us for a BBQ style dinner Friday night Oct 19th at 6pm at the Opryland Hotel located in the Ryman Ballroom.

Saturday morning our BJCP/AHA Sanctioned Competition will start. Before we get started a light breakfast will be provided to all judges, stewards, and volunteers. We will have a Judge and Steward orientation beginning at 8:30 am.  Judging will start promptly at 9:00 am and end at noon.  Lunch will be provided for all judges and stewards courtesy of the Music City Brewers. After lunch we will have a second session lasting from 1:00pm until 3:00pm. Following the judging will give the judges a break and  get into the BOS round starting at approximately 4:00pm and running until they are finished.  The Awards Ceremony and Raffle will begin at 7:00pm and run until 8:00pm.

All 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners from beer categories 1-34 (based on 2015 guidelines) will receive a medal. 1st place Best of Show will also receive a plaque and a additional medal.  2nd and 3rd Best of Show will also an additional medal.  1st place Best of Meads and Ciders will receive medals.

Also ‘The Ed Tate Club Award’ will be given to one of the participating clubs with a minimum of 10 entries.  The Ed Tate Award represents a quality award based on 10 categories of involvement.  The winning club will receive an engraved plaque and will also be engraved on a permanent plaque held by the Music City Brewers.


After the awards ceremony we will have an NHC-style club night festivities!  This portion of the event is returning this year after a one year break.  All clubs are welcome to participate and bring a jockey box or whatever set up you would like to serve examples of your clubs favorite brews! We will have our 6 tap jockey box and possibly the Opryland Hotels 4 tap system available.

Without Judges and stewards a contest can’t happen, so if you are interested in Judging/Stewarding please register online at  (under the Volunteer info tab) and contact Joseph Nance – with any questions you may have.

Hotel Reservations: Opryland Hotel (2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214) You can call to reserve or you can follow the link and select what days you would like to stay.  Please note that you can select multiple days when registering online.

Dinner Reservations:  Dinner this year will be a awesome spread of BBQ that will fill you up and satisfy your hunger.  As noted above we have Thomas Mercado from Rock Bottom Brewing as our guest speaker.  You can pay for your dinner now with the following button. The cost of the dinner is $20. (please keep in mind that this is one place that really helps the club out financially, so I ask for your support here.)

Entry and Judge/Steward Registration: is up and running now.

Rules, Regulations and all timelines can be found at the link below.
Entry registration will close on Sept 28th, and we are accepting entries starting on September14th through September 28th.  All entries must be at the address below by 5:30 pm on September 28th (No exceptions).

Please ship all entries to:
Blackstone Brewing Company
 C/O: MCBO 2018
 2312 Clifton Ave, 
 Nashville, TN 37209

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have regarding the 23rd Annual Music City Brew Off.

Joseph Nance, President & Competition Coordinator
Phone:  615-504-8375

Hope to see you all there!

Very Special Thanks to Our Sponsors!

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