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CBC 2018: A Photographic Recollection

Hank Williams Mosaic Loews Vanderbuilt Nashville TN

If it weren’t for Film School, I wouldn’t be a writer.

Sure, there are other factors, but I never really learned how to tell a story until I took the first required course at Chapman University’s film program, Visual Storytelling. I’d never written a story until then, but had no problem doing it visually.

I went on to study what’s effectively a dead discipline (cinematography), only made one film (which might appear here someday), and today have nothing to do with the film industry. Yet my love for photography, and the art of light and shadow, has never waned.

I could try to piece together some narrative about the 6 days I spent in Nashville last week for the Craft Brewers Conference, but I was mainly working on the BrewExpo floor, nor attending sessions or the keynotes – next year hopefully.

So here’s a bunch of pictures with captions. Cheers!

Day 1 – Check-In & Opening Reception

Nashville Music City Center Exterior-9
This year CBC was held in the ultra-modern Music City Center, located in the heart of downtown Nashville. With a footprint of 2.1 million sq feet, it’s one of the nation’s largest conference centers. ~ Image courtesy of
Craft Brewers Conference Check-In CBC 2018 Nashville Tennessee
Check in and Registration, while on the other side of the monstrous complex from the entry way, was a smooth and easy process.
Craft Brewers Conference Opening Reception CBC 2018 Nashville Tennessee
The Opening Reception, squeezed between the Music City Center and the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum, featured beers from 30+ regional brewers.

Opening Reception Craft Brewers Conference CBC 2018 Nashville

Sam Calagione Dogfish Head CBC 2018 Nashville
It was great meeting Sam Calagione again. Dude always has a swarm around him wherever he goes.
Craft Brewers Conference BA Independent Craft Tap Handles CBC 2018 Nashville
The Brewers Association “Independent Craft” logo was EVERYWHERE. And of course the only pic I took of it came out blurry…

Southern Grist’s New Nations Taproom and Brewhouse

Southern Grist Nations Taproom CBC 2018 Nashville
Later that night, we headed to Southern Grist’s brand new Nations Taproom
Southern Grist Pineapple Upside Down Currant Blackberry Hill CBC 2018
Pineapple Upside Down Cake DIPA and Black Currant Boysenberry Hill Lactose Sour. Both excellent.
The Weeks Southern Grist CBC 2018 Nashville
The Weeks played a legit set while brewers from Aslin, Civil Society, Finback, Heaven & Ale, Heist, J. Wakefield, Rar, Southern Grist and Twisted Trunk poured a ton of excellent hazy and other high-end tasters.

Day 2 – Brewtalks and Broadway

Orchestrated Beer Booth CBC 2018 BrewExpo OBeer
First Day at the Booth. The only one I’ll post, but I must say that all the hard work everyone put into CBC has thus far proven fruitful.
Brewtalks Brewbound CBC 2018 Nashville
The first of the two panels at Brewbound’s Brew Talks event. Discussing marketing with folks from Dogfish Head and Boulevard, plus JC Tetreault, the Co-Founder/Owner of Trillium, all moderated by Chris Funari.
Johnny Cash Patsy Cline Museum CBC 2018 Nashville
One of the few tours I wanted to do while in town, but didn’t quite get to.
Martins BBQ Ribs, Brisket, Chicken CBC 2018 Nashville
Dinner at Martin’s BBQ didn’t disappoint. Bonus points: the Three Floyd’s, Warpigs, Mikkeller tap-takeover while we were there.
Broadway Strip Nasvhille CBC 2018 Finger
The Broadway Strip (or District?). The locals love it when you take pictures of them…
Dierk Bentleys Whiskey Row CBC 2018 Nashville
Dierk Bentley’s Whiskey Row. ‘Merica.
Nudies Honk Tonk Nashville Strip CBC 2018
Named for Nudie Cohn, a fashion designer known for his elaborate suits, Nudie’s Honky Tonk became a regular, late-night stop.
Nudies Honky Tonk Outside Nashville CBC 2018
Cohn’s famous Cadillac convertible is mounted above the stage, which routinely features local rock and country acts.
Nudies Honky Tonk Cadillac Nashville CBC 2018
Singers will often sing from atop the bar. The four story complex also features some of Cohn’s famous suits on display and a DJ spinning on the rooftop dance floor.

Day 3 – Speaking Session, Americano, Music City CANarchy

Speaking Session
My company had a speaking session featuring some of our customers. It focused on current trends and concerns in the industry and how our software can help address them.
Americano Paella Nashville CBC 2018
Following the session and another day on the expo floor, we hit up Americano for Spanish Tapas, including this delectable Paella.
Next we caught the tail-end of the Music City CANarchy event put on by Oskar Blues craft brewery collective (Cigar City, Perrin, Squatters, Wasatch).

Day 4 & 5 – Bearded Iris, Random One-Offs and Third Man Records

Bearded Iris Line Nashville CBC 2018
Following our last day at the booth, we headed North to Bearded Iris. While the line was long, it moved quickly and there was still plenty of space.
Bearded Iris Brewhouse and Foeders CBC 2018 Nashville
Bearded Iris’ brewhouse, tanks, and foeders.
Lucky Lager Advertisement Nudies Nashville CBC 2018
Loved this Lucky Lager ad – found at Nudie’s Honky Tonk.
Third Man Records Exterior Nashville CBC
On Friday we checked out Jack White’s record studio – a very cool spot worth visiting.
Third Man Records Recording Booth Nashville CBC 2018
Saw a dude with an acoustic guitar cram himself into this box to record a song. Thing popped out a vinyl 45 within minutes.
Third Man Records Store Nashville CBC 2018
While we weren’t able to tour the expansive studio side of the complex, the gift shop was packed full of great artifacts, kitschy gifts and a lot of great records.
Hank Williams Mosaic detail Nashville CBC 2018
Detail of the Hank Williams mosaic in the header. Found at the Loews Vanderbuilt Hotel.

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