Blues and Brews is back this year with new COVID-19 safety precautions

COOKEVILLE – WCTE PBS Blues and Brews Craft Beer Festival is back to help kick-off the fall season. The annual beer tasting event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 16 from 12 – 5 p.m. with exclusive access at 11 a.m. for VIP ticket holders. 

Featured breweries include Calfkiller, Hix Farm, Jig Head, Lakefront, Red Silo and more, as well as favorites from Budweiser and Cherokee Distributing. Participants can enjoy tasting different beers while listening to blues music by Few Miles On and Melissa Ellis. Food will be available for purchase from various food trucks.   

VIP tickets include early entry for a Stein Social and all-day access to the VIP tent. VIP ticket holders have the opportunity to sit down and visit with friends while enjoying an exclusive VIP brewery – Blackberry Farms, individual beers and a snack bar provided by local restaurants. VIP table sponsorships are available for groups of 10 and will include recognition as a Blues and Brews VIP sponsor.  

For this year’s Blues and Brews, special COVID-19 accommodations are being made, and measures have been implemented to help promote the health and wellbeing of attendees and staff. These include spacing out the breweries instead of having them under one tent and utilizing no-touch pours. For a full list of accommodations, please visit

General Admission tickets are available for $50 and VIP tickets are available for $70. To purchase tickets, please visit  For information about becoming a VIP Table Sponsor, please call 931-525-2222.

Proceeds from the festival support WCTE PBS. 

WCTE Central TN PBS has served the Upper Cumberland 40+ years as the region’s premier storyteller and is the only television station in a 75-mile radius of Cookeville, making it a strategic partner in education, health services, government, arts and music. WCTE is a 501(c) 3 and is owned and operated by the Upper Cumberland Broadcast Council. WCTE Central TN PBS is one of only 350 PBS member stations nationwide.

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