HOW IT ALL BEGAN
Our group has had many events large and small since our first Nov 1, 2013, gathering at Mad Donna’s (RIP, friend) formerly in East Nashville. The Downtown Presbyterian Church in Nashville was a big part of getting us off the ground — we raise a glass their way when talking origins. Beer & Hymns is now institutionally unaffiliated, not a part of any organized group — so just blame us — or celebrate with us — directly.
We are based from Mercy Lounge, a killer Nashville rock club downtown off of 8th Avenue — a 19th century warehouse complex and one-time cannery. Today, it is a hive of creativity, including our group, the largest pub sing we know of (and still generally trust). With Black Abbey Brewery’s ales — and bravado — we enjoy the finest of Nashville-made craft beer. [If you’ve not tried these — Black Abbey is served regionally in finer restaurants and bars — and recently… CANS… CANS! OF BEER! In six-packs! At grocery stores! This is gonna be big.]
The goal of our gatherings hasn’t changed since an informal gathering on a Crieve Hall porch deck years ago. We are on a communal journey to find moments of non-shyly singing together. It is all about our lovely human voices — gathered together in a present moment.
Beer & Hymns in Nashville has enjoyed media coverage in The Tennessean, NewsChannel 5, Fox 17, Nashville Scene and USA Today. The founder and leader is Nashvillian Geoff Little, who relies on world class friends and super helpful partners – including Carl Meier and the Black Abbey Brewery team, John Bruton, Adrienne Ervin, and the Mercy Lounge staff. Our manager Jim Hughes has come beside us in recent years. Thanks, everyone. Great is your faithfulness.