Five temporary beer permits for special events were approved at the City Beer Board meeting on Thursday.
At “Fire up the Fields” at the Sculpture Fields at Montague Park, 2001 Polk St., a sculpture will be set on fire. There will also be food available and beer from Odd Story Brewing, a “fire cabaret,” and booths for artists. Officers from the Chattanooga Police Department along with volunteers will ID, wrist band and monitor the crowd for security.
The last time this event was held was in 2019. This year, "Sculpture in the Sky,” another event at the park, drew around 4,000 people. The Fire up the Fields event on Oct. 22 from 5-10 p.m. is expected to have around 2,000 people.
“Hoptown Beer Bar Oktoberfest,” at 9431 Bradmore Lane, will be on Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. The address is at Cambridge Square. This will be the eighth or ninth time for the event said Ryan Hargrove, owner of Hoptown Beer Bar, previously Heaven and Ale. The square will be blocked off by Chattanooga Police and there will be no traffic. Only those 21 and older will be allowed. There will also be some craft vendors and music.
The ”VW Octoberfest” at 6001 International Dr. at Village Volkswagen of Chattanooga will be held on Oct. 17 from 4-10 p.m. This event has been held four or five times before. There will be draft beer and casual food. People will be IDed and wrist banded for age. Ben Bowers from the Pickle Barrel Restaurant will be managing the party. He told the beer board that it will be mostly an older crowd who are Volkswagen enthusiasts. The area will be roped off and several Chattanooga Police officers will be monitoring the crowd that is expected to be anywhere from 200-300.
Another long-time event in Chattanooga, Chattajack, will take place this year on Oct. 22 at 201 Riverfront Parkway/Ross’s Landing. This will be the end of a weekend of racing through the Tennessee River Gorge for paddlers in high performance kayaks, canoes and surf skis, The event from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday night is private, said Alisha Hixson with the Tennessee River Gorge Trust. This group always leaves the park cleaner than they found it, said Ben Friberg, creator of the event.
A fundraiser to benefit the Creative Discovery Museum will be held at the museum at 321 Chestnut St. on Oct. 21 from 7-10 p.m. Drink and Discover is for patrons who are 21 and older. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department will provide security. The party will take place completely inside the museum.