Best of the Barrel, Indeed!

What happens when you get 500+ people together with 25 tables of almost 60 types of top-shelf booze? A hell of a good time, that's what. 

That's what happened when we gathered at Marathon Music Works on Thursday, September 3rd when Music City Food + Wine Festival joined us to raise funds for Songs for Sound. Songs for Sound is a Nashville-based charity whose core mission is to improve the quality of life for profoundly deaf children worldwide by providing resources to give them the chance at a mainstream life.

The event brought out a record crowd and record number of booze brands. A total of 25 tables were packed with more than 60 products; sampled, stirred and strained - or shaken - into cocktails. 

And our friends at Music City Food + Wine Festival helped with bringing in three of Nashville's favorite spots to provide nibbles for the night. Sinema, Hattie B's and Biscuit Love all brought their a-game and the crowd devoured every single bite. You can sample again from these folks (and so many more!) at the Music City Food + Wine Festival on September 19-20. It's a must-see event - kinda like 3st, but all day long and with much more food! Get your tickets here.

But let's talk about the booze. Because there was a TON of it! Of course, with the them of "Best of the Barrel," most were expecting bourbon and whiskey - and we had that in spades. But we also brought in a few surprises including barrel-aged tequila, gins and cachaça. Local bartenders stirred, shook and strained themselves into a frenzy with some of the most creative (and tasty) cocktails we've ever had. 

View the photo booth pictures on facebook.

What We Drank

As you know, we could not do this event without our incredible sponsors. From the venue to the posters, our sponsors help reduce the costs of hosting 3st of the Month so we're able to give even more to our charity partners. 

Emma Email Marketing
Food Sheriff Consumable Branding
Generation Domination
Liberty Party Rental
Mountain Agency
Moxie Print Market
Music City Food + Wine Festival
Nashville Audio Visual
SPEAKeasy Marketing
UBER Nashville

A very happy Anni-3st-ary indeed!

3st turned 1! For those of you who attended our anni-3st-ary "Booze 2.0" where we returned back the the site of our inaugural 3st at ACME Feed and Seed on Monday night, you know it was a booze-filled blast! Guests arrived on lower Broadway and headed up to the party on the jam-packed third floor, and while ACME is used to drawling lines for its upbeat bar scene on Friday and Saturday nights, Monday's line was different. This time the line was to get to the 17 different tables with excited volunteer bartenders waiting to serve you and 400 of your fellow 3st of the Month members an array of brands both new to the 3st and a few returning for another go around. The party tone was set with patio lights strung across the ceiling, a bumpin' playlist (as usual) and a crowd abound with the familiar faces of loyal 3st-goers there to celebrate with us.  

As guests ventured around the room trying to decide which yummy booze-filled concoction was their favorite, we sold 3st of the Month t-shirts for the first time. Another first at our Booze 2.0 event was the 3st Stocked Bar. Everyone received a 'raffle' ticket at the door, and more tickets were available with an optional (but encouraged!) donation to this month's charity, The Shalom Foundation, which works directly with professionals from the medical community, educators, and nutrition specialists to meet the needs of children and families living in poverty. The ridiculously lucky dude with the winning number got his own bottle of everything served that night, and he needs to go buy a PowerBall ticket NOW before his luck runs out. With all the booze and good parties it can be easy to forget that all of 3st's profits go to a local charity selected by that month's venue, and hats off to y'all because as we crossed the one year mark 3st has raised more than $20,000. 

No tummies were grumbling on Monday night either thanks to ACME hooking the 3st crowd up with their very own dressed-up southern favorites including sweet potato grit cakes, southern corn cakes, oil-poached shrimp, and classic Nashville mini hot chicken biscuits.