We hate long beer lines as much as anyone else. Last year, the surging popularity of Nashville's Hot Chicken Festival caught everyone involved by surprise. Attendance at the festival had been growing at a steady rate every year, and the Hot Chicken Planning Committee had anticipated a crowd of about 5,000 people.
To accommodate that many folks, we planned to split the beer pouring locations into two spots, on opposite ends of the festival grounds. And for the first year, the festival's beer permit covered the entire grounds, not just the Beer Tent. So people would be able to move around with their "Free Range Beer".
This year, we are making some changes that we think will greatly enhance the experience. We've partnered with the organizers of Germantown's Octoberfest to use a new beer pouring technology that they successfully launched last year at their festival. It's called "Bottoms Up" and for a beer geek/engineer like me, it's almost magic. The cup has a hole in the bottom, covered with a magnetic disk. The beer flows into the cup from the bottom, and the cup is filled in about four seconds. It can empty a keg in record time, with minimal foam. Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xmnp3aVGyGc.
We will have TWO separate locations again, each with a Bottoms Up 4-tap dispenser. One person operating a Bottoms Up station can keep eight people busy just handing out the beers. It's lightning fast, and after testing the units out at several different events, we are confident that the beer lines will be minimal this year. We know the long beer lines were a hassle last year, and we want you to know that we listened to your comments, and have come up with a great plan for this year's Hot Chicken Festival. It's grown to be a Nashville Fourth of July tradition, and we can't wait to see you again on the 4th!