Nashville Cocktail Festival


Jayson and Adam were joined by John Yeager from the Nashville Cocktail Festival. John moved to Nashville originally to play music, he played drums on a few records, but shortly was let go and found his way into making craft cocktails and being one of the pioneers in Nashville’s craft cocktails scene. Listen to the full interview posted below!

Nashville Cocktail Festival is Tennessee’s premier celebration of the craft of the cocktail, highlighting award winning authors, boutique spirits, small batch mixers and the trend setting bartenders who put it all together.  Join us this year to experience the best that Music City has to offer!

The Art Deco Party @ Pavilion East
Friday April 26th – 7-10pm
Presented by Johnnie Walker

Through Prohibition, the 20’s and 30’s sent American bartenders all over the globe to find work and continue their craft. It’s here that the American cocktail gets an often untold boost of creativity. Come celebrate the global spirits and ideas that bolstered the jazz generation!

Polynesian Pop: A Tiki Extravaganza @ Pavilion East
Saturday April 27th – 12-3pm
Presented by El Dorado

The Atomic Age brought Americans many things but none so much fun as the culture of Tiki. The mid-century trend of island cocktails, outlandish garnishes and tall tales from the South Pacific are back in a big way and we’re inviting you to join us as we raise our glass to the hippest in the cocktail kingdom.

Apples to Apples – A Southern Cider Brunch @ Diskin Cider
Sunday April 28th – 11-2pm
Presented by Diskin Cider

Brunch and sparkling cocktails. It’s a no brainer right? Join us at Diskin Cidery to celebrate the art of true, hand made cider and the amazing, bubbly libations that can be made with it!

The NCF Experiences are curated and intimate opportunities that happen throughout the week, surrounding the Main Events.  Smaller in nature, limited tickets are available. 

Grand Opening Party @ Geist
Tuesday April 23rd – 6-8pm
Presented by Altamar Brands

Boutique importer Altamar Brands might have one of the most awarded, acclaimed and sought after spirit portfolios there are. Join us on the garden patio at Geist as the team from Altamar indulges us on tequila, armagnac, and Foursquare rum, who critics are calling “the Pappy of the rum world”!

Vive Le Disco @ VanDyke Bed & Beverage
Wednesday April 24th – 6-9pm
Presented by Grey Goose

We are bringing all the funky disco vibes to Nashville Cocktail Festival. Please join Grey Goose and the team at VanDyke for a Disco Party that you wont want to miss. Glitter, glam, and your favorite guilty pleasure cocktails. Throw on your dancing shoes, bust out that Deep V, and get ready to boogie down with Grey Goose!

Certified Sherry Wine Specialist Course @ City Winery
Thursday April 25th – 11am-2pm
Presented by Lustau

Spain’s fortified wine, known as Sherry, has been around for a long time, and the cocktail renaissance of the 2,000’s has brought this historic product back the the forefront of the cocktail cannon. Professionals and enthusiasts alike can join this class to learn and be tested on their sherry knowledge. Attendees who pass the exam will receive an exclusive certificate recognized by the Sherry Regulatory Council.

America’s Bourbon Journey @ Husk
Thursday April 25th – 6:30pm

Back by popular demand is our whiskey dinner hosted by the Jim Beam Family! Join Beam’s Kentucky Bourbon Ambassador, Beth Burrows, as she guides guests on a 224-year historical bourbon journey through the Jim Beam Family Legacy and how America’s major events helped shape the family’s remarkable bourbon business.

Master Distiller Meet and Greet with El Dorando Rum @ Bastion
Thursday April 25th – 10pm-12am

Free Event: Join us as we mingle with El Dorado’s Master Distiller, Shaun Caleb! Visiting Nashville from Guyana, Shaun and the Bastion team will indulge us in a rum menu takeover with samples of their award winning 21yr old Demerara rum flowing.

Free admission. Guests are responsible for the purchase of their own drinks.

Golden Age of the Cocktail (soldout) @ Henrietta Red
FRIDAY APRIL 26TH – 11-1pm

No one knows more about the history of cocktails and the spirits that make them than award winning author David Wondrich. David will be educating bartenders and enthusiasts alike on how the bartender’s art evolved between 1880-1920. With cocktails in hand, join us to learn how the mixologist’s community got here! Limited tickets available.

David Wondrich’s Punch Out @ Stay Golden/ East Nashville
Saturday April 27th – 7pm

The advent of the “cocktail” began hundreds of years ago, evolving from the age of Punch. The large format, communal style of drinking swept England and the American colonies by storm and no one knows more about its history and evolution than famed historian David Wondrich. Join us for a new take on a bartender’s competition and see which bowl you enjoy most!

After Party @ Noelle Hotel
Sunday April 28th – 7-10pm
Presented by Old Dominick

This invite only event is our way to say thank you to all those who made NCF 2019 happen. Participating bartenders, brands, distributors, staff and press will enjoy Old Dominick as we raise our glass under the stars at Rare Bird, the rooftop bar for Noelle Hotel.


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