Rotarian Dan Costello with Heath Clark, of H Clark Distillery, and U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and husband Chuck Blackburn.

On a balmy evening, Thompson’s Station showcased its hospitality and culinary charms at the 2nd Sip & Savor at the Station on Saturday, June 17. The event took over the town center and closed the main road, with its signature caboose and train station providing a naturally rural backdrop for tasting stations, linen-topped tables, and Adirondack easy chairs for listening to the music of Austin Tyler Jones. More than 600 attendees sipped and sampled locally and regionally crafted brews, whiskeys, wines, hard ciders and enticing edibles from 40 vendors, including Thompson’s Station’s own Circa, H Clark Distillery, and Homestead Manor, among others.

Rotarians Kayce Williams (Economic Development Coordinator of the City of Spring Hill) and Les Bosarge (United Healthworks).

Brewmasters Ryan Whitaker (from newcomer Asgard Brewing Company in Columbia) and Zac Fox (Bad Idea Brewing Company) generated excitement with their bold new brews. Gregarious Zac capitalized on the summery appeal of his Banana Milkshake IPA (inspired by New Hampshire brewers Tired Hands), a satisfying White IPA and Rye Saison. (And in case you wondered: yes, the company name was inspired by his wife’s reaction to his brewing venture.) Asgard brewmaster Ryan won fans with Voyager, their signature wheat ale, as well as a tropical fruit version. H Clark Distillery gave tours of its delightful down-home distillery, just yards away. Jug Creek Distillery founder and distiller Heath Frazier enticed folks to his distillery in Lascassas, near Lebanon, with friendly pours of gin, vodka, whiskey and amped-up liqueurs like Gran’s Banana Pudding and Wicked Chocolate Cranberry.

Stephen Porter, owner of Asgard Brewing and Brad Feuerbacher, franchise owner of Andy’s Frozen Custard in Spring Hill.

TCB Advertiser Bold Rock Cider changing hearts and minds about hard cider.

Organized by the Rotary Club of Spring Hill and Thompson’s Station, along with title sponsor Maury Regional Health and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the tasting extravaganza featured more than 17 micro-breweries and distillers, including the aforementioned brewers and distillers plus Mill Creek Brewing Company, Tennessee Brew Works, Wild Hare Beer Company, Yee-Haw, Bold Rock Hard Cider, George Dickel, Gypsy Cider, Leiper’s Fork Distillery, Old Forge, Prichard’s Distillery, Short Mountain Distillery, Speakeasy Distillery, Sugarlands, Corsair and Tenn South Distillery, among others, plus wines from Natchez Hills and Picker’s Creek Winery. Led by Rotarian Dan Costello and his team of Rotarian volunteers, the event struck the right balance of mixing, mingling, and tasting.

Brewmasters Zac Fox of Bad Idea Brewing Company with Asgard’s Ryan Whitaker.

Proceeds from the Rotarians’ fundraiser will go to Partners 4 Parks to support parks and recreation in Spring Hill and Thompson’s Stations, including the Splash Pad at Port Royal Park, and physical education programs in the local schools.

Gini David and U.S. Rep Marsha Blackburn

TCB Reporter Gini David is a food and drink writer based in Franklin, TN.