One of my favorite discoveries was Ozzy Nelson, the owner of Mayday Brewery in Murfreesboro. Ozzy's personal philiosophy is that if it ain't fun, it ain't worth doing, and he lives with this attitude every day. If you get a chance to visit the brewery for a tour or to enjoy a pint and listen to some live music (Their rule is "No Cover Bands!"), it's definitely worth the half-hour drive from Nashville.
But if you just want to experience a little bit of Ozzy, he's making the trip into town every Wednesday night this month at ML Rose West on Charlotte. From 6 to 9 p.m., he holds court at the bar and visits tables as all of his beers are featured as part of a Mayday tap takeover. If that's not enough to stir you up, Wednesday is definitely the day to visit ML Rose West, with double-tall cocktails from 3 until 10 and 2-for-1 on most of their beers all night. That works out to $2.50 a pint for the majority of the craft beer menu, which is stocked with excellent options from across the country thanks to the dedication of ML Rose's resident beer nerd Austin Ray. Last week, the restaurant was already on a wait by 6:15, so get there early and carpool if you can to alleviate any parking concerns.
Another excellent Wednesday night craft beer option in June is a visit to downtown's Flying Saucer Draught Emporium where they'll be celebrating their annual "Pints for Prostates" campaign. Last year, the campaign raised $32,000 across all of its 16 Flying Saucer locations in the Southeast. (Pints for Prostates is a cancer-fighting effort that aims to raise awareness about the importance of men's health screenings and early detection.)
At 7 p.m. on Wednesdays in June and extending to July 2, Flying Saucer’s “Brewery Night” will feature a different German classic beer with the brand’s signature logo glassware. All profits from glass purchases support the Pints for Prostates mission, and the campaign culminates with a drawing for a trip to Bavaria and Franconia in Germany through BeerTrips.com.