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Brewer's festival coming back to town. Also: Local ice cream parlor part of national taste test

Coming up at the end of this month is yet another annual installment of the Music City Brewer’s Festival.

While the event won’t take place until July 25, we thought we’d bring it to your attention early as tickets for the event are limited, and on sale now.

The festival will feature libations from more than 70 breweries worldwide while also shining the spotlight on local brewers such as Yazoo Brewery, Boscos and Blackstone. Those selections will appear alongside other well-known names from microbreweries such as Rogue, Red Hook, Magic Hat, Abita and Left Hand Brewing, to the more standard Yuenglings, Heinekens and Sam Adams of the beer world.

The festival will go off in two shifts with session A beginning at noon and ending at 4 p.m. and session B lasting from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets and further information can be found at

Additionally, for those who always like drinking for a good cause, attendees will be happy to know that 15 percent of net ticket sales for the event will go to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. So take solace in the fact that it won’t just be the alcohol making you feel good about yourself.

East Nashville store part of national test

And moving from beer to another favorite treat, East Nashville’s Pied Piper Creamery has been selected to take part in a national flavor development test on behalf of a nut company.

The Hammons Products Co. of Stockton, Mo., which is responsible for 90 percent of the black walnuts in the nation, commissioned the test, for which creamer extraordinaire Jenny Piper developed an apple pie black walnut ice cream.

Piper has been making her own ice creams for the last two and a half years. Pied Piper, located at 114 S. 11th St. next door to Beyond The Edge, offers 24 homemade flavors daily in addition to more than 200 special flavors that have crossed its menu during its existence.