FINALLY! THE BOOZE IS BACK!

Have we said it enough? We missed you guys! Opening up the doors at The Bell Tower and seeing so many familiar faces brought back all of the memories… well, maybe more like vague familiarities of past boozy nights over tables of cocktails and clever themes, but let’s call them memories.

We took some time off and made some changes. Most notably, Jesse Goldstein, the founding partner of 3st and man behind Food Sheriff Consumable Branding, made the tough decision to step aside and pass the event on to FoxFuel Creative. Jesse now runs marketing for Fresh Brands and, consequently, has his hands full, but his spirit is still alive and well with 3st. He was hands on during the transition and thrilled to see the event relaunch with the same familiar flavor of the past.

And what an event it was! With our non-profit sponsor, Play Rec Sports, we brought quite a mix of new spirits and stalwarts of the the local Nashville booze scene. All in all, 350 of you “sampled” 19 different spirits, wine, and beer.

Oh, and let’s not forget about the food and kickass venue! Infinity Hospitality never disappoints. They delivered a beautiful display of fruit and cheese in the amazing Bell Tower space. How about those ceilings? We were thrilled to have a breeze in the patio area and show off some of the versatility of the space.

The booze is back indeed and there was a TON of it! Local bartenders stirred, shook and strained themselves into a frenzy with some of the most creative (and tasty) cocktails we've ever had. We know you loved it because you cut loose on that gif photo booth from Generation Domination. And yes, we have the images.

Pressing Pause

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When we set out on this boozy adventure back in the summer of 2014, we had no idea how much fun we would have. We've discovered (and rediscovered) amazing booze brands in some of the coolest locations in Nashville - and raised tens of thousands of dollars for local charities in the process. But at our Tikitober event on Saturday night we announced we were pressing pause on our monthly events for a moment. Why? Let us explain. 

We rely on local distributors and their suppliers to donate their top-shelf spirits for each 3st of the Month. We're entering into the busiest time of the year for the liquor industry and that makes it much more difficult to have the best products at our events. But that's not the only reason.

The whole model of 3st of the Month requires a lot of moving pieces to fall into place. And that requires a lot of work. It usually starts several months in advance with securing a venue large enough to accommodate our growing audience. We ask that venue to donate their space and, in exchange, they get to select the charity that the event will benefit. As we gain more and more members, we work to find larger venues so we can sell more tickets to accommodate the demand. But larger venues and more tickets means a need for more tables and more top-shelf products. Just the time spent working to secure and schedule dozens of products each month is a full time job unto itself. Except the thing is, we already have full-time jobs.

Basically, as our events have grown, so have the challenges that come with putting them on. We love what 3st of the Month has grown into, but we have to find a way to make the monthly events sustainable for the future. 

So we're pressing pause and taking some time away from our monthly events to regroup and reassess. We're investigating options like sponsorship to fund a full-time event manager and even looking into creating our own non profit organization to streamline our process and maximize the impact we can make locally. In the meantime, we'll still keep in touch via email and social - and continue to share cocktail recipes, shit we love, and some very cool pop-up event invitations. Basically, all the member-only, insider info you deserve and we love to pass on. 

So hold tight, our monthly events will be back. But if you have any thoughts or suggestions for us in the meantime, we'd love to hear them. Thanks for your support, Nashville.

 

Introducing the 3st Stocked Bar

As we approach our one year anniversary of 3st of the Month, we're excited to introduce some new elements to the 3st experience. . . 

The first of these is the "3st Stocked Bar," where each month, someone attending the event will have an opportunity to WIN a bottle of every product served that month! Seriously, that's a TON of booze! 

Starting this August, each ticket to 3st of the Month will include a raffle ticket that you'll be given at check-in. Once you're at the event, you can also purchase additional tickets (cash only), with 100% of those funds going to that month's charity. These extra raffle tickets will vary from $5-10, depending on the products that are included, but you're looking at a prize package of anywhere between 20-50 bottles each month! Our hope is this will help us raise even more money for great local causes. 

We'll announce the 3st Stocked Bar raffle winner each month during our mid-point event announcements and you must be present to win (so pay attention when we're on the mic!). Products will be included in the prize package subject to availability. 

tres de mayo - a perfect 10!

3st of the Month | May 3st | Tres de Mayo

It's crazy to believe that our May 3st of the Month was our TENTH monthly celebration! It seems like only a few short months ago that we started things up with a small group of folks in downtown Nashville. Now we've grown to thousands of members and have just thrown our largest 3st of the Month yet. 

Guests arrived at the Nashville Farmers' Market for a beautiful "Sunday Funday" for a record-setting 3st of the Month. More than 500 members and their guests sampled from 20+ tables of booze, with dozens of great brands including tequila, rum, vodka, beer and even mezcal. Keeping with the Tres de Mayo theme, guests also had nibbles provided by The Local Taco

All of the ticket proceeds from the event went to two awesome causes - Friends of the Nashville Farmer's Market and Conexión Américas

And for the first time, guests were given a souvenir glass to keep after the event, courtesy of ACRE

Scroll down to view photos and video from the event, listen to the playlist and see the full listing of participating brands.