What's Been Going On: Fall & Winter Events at Tidal
I can’t believe it’s been over 6 months since my last post. To say that we have been busy is an understatement, but that’s the beauty of this whole process. The busier that we are behind the scenes making the beer, planning & hosting events, keeping things afloat on the day to day means that all of you are enjoying what we do! I’ve said it time and time again, but there will never be enough thanks that I can give to all of our amazing supporters. It is because of you that we are busy doing what we love.
There have been so many great things that have taken place in the last several months, but perhaps my favorite part has been getting to know and partner with so many local businesses and talents. Many of you follow us on social media and are already well aware of what we have been up to and who has been by our side, so I’ll only focus on a few of our most proud endeavors.
Trivia with Bruce
This fall we introduced our Wednesday night trivia with Bruce. Dave and I used to frequent Monty McGill’s for trivia and a pint of Guinness whenever we could. I had never built up a bank of frivolous knowledge in my brain, so my skills were inconsistent at best. Either way, we loved going and we were sad to see them close.
We found Bruce by chance when The Drunken Mullet opened up down the road from our house this past summer. We had been really interested in getting trivia started at Tidal, but were waiting for the right person to come along and facilitate it. Dave loved the idea of his old-school pen and paper approach and the fact that Bruce was a Yinzer just like him. Don’t worry, I didn’t know what a Yinzer was either until I met Dave. And, just like that, Tidal trivia was born and is now a weekly event.
If you haven’t been, Bruce pairs his questions to songs of all genres. The song name or lyrics give a clue to the answer choice. For certain holidays and events, Bruce will even create a theme for trivia night to go with whatever we have going on in the taproom. Come check him out every Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 pm. He’s the bomb diggity!
We kicked off our first annual Oktoberfest on September 22, 2018 with a stein sale, the release of Oktidalfest our German Festbier, and a pop up brunch hosted by Rising Sun Bistro. This was easily one of the most successful days for the brewery to date. We got to share beer and brats with our friends and family and were sold out of our limited edition glasses by the end of the day!
We ran our festival through October 7, 2018 as to coincide with the much larger festival in Munich. Seeing as we had to fill two full weeks, we planned 7 German beer releases total for the event, one every other day. We also offered a special themed trivia, a truffle pairing with WW Candy Co, and a night of music and lederhosen from Them Old Teachers.
As many of you may know, a few of our bartenders are members of the Homebrew Club, Beer Pressure of the Nature Coast. We decided to do our first collaboration with the club during the fest. Beer Pressure members took part in a friendly competition in the taproom and our patrons had the opportunity to taste and judge all of the home brews on authenticity. Club members took home medals for crowd favorite and brewer’s choice. As if that wasn’t awesome enough, all proceeds from the competition benefited the animals of the Hernando County SPCA! We rescued our dog, Rufio, from the SPCA, so this was a cause after my own heart.
Oktoberfest was definitely hard to top, but we ended 2018 with our first annual Christkindlmarkt. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and absolutely loved visiting the city during the holidays. My family used to have a tradition of going to visit the Walnut Room for lunch followed by strolling through the Marshall Field’s (now Macy’s) windows. Occasionally, we would also venture over to the Christkindlmarkt and look at all of the beautiful handmade treasures.
It wasn’t until we were in Europe this past Fall that I truly appreciated the culture behind these Christmas markets. Each country has their own take on them, which makes the concept really special. Spring Hill isn’t necessarily a haven for European fare, but we do have a lot of very cool small businesses and talented artists that we wanted to showcase. We handpicked 12 local shops to create our own take on a Christkindlmarkt. Each shop offered something uniquely different to create a healthy mix of baked goods, treats, and one of a kind gifts. In addition to their usual offerings, we asked each vendor to also have a unique holiday item for sale in order to really drive the theme of Christmas home. It was great to see so many people come out and shop small for the holidays and make the event a part of their traditions.
Each of these special occasions were ideas turned into realities with a lot of hard work and a lot of help from those around us. Some events, like Trivia, are easy to set into motion. Others, like our Oktoberfest and Christkindlmarkt, require months of planning to make sure that every detail is perfect and it flows smoothly without any hiccups. It’s all in the details.
Photos by Roots Creative Co.