By Darby Radcliff

Published on September 28, 2015

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yazoo brewing company

Founded in 2003 by Linus Hall, Yazoo Brewing Company has become Nashville’s largest brewery since its recent expansion into a 40-barrel brewhouse located in the Gulch. Yazoo offers exciting tours of its new brewhouse. Yazoo beers that can also be purchased in bottles or found on tap at bars around Nashville.

Yazoo Brewing Company

910 Division Street 
Nashville, TN 37203

WHAT TO ORDER:

Yazoo favorites include their Sly Rye Porter, and their 10-Year anniversary white IPA. Also, highly recommended is Yazoo’s high-gravity SUE, an imperial cherry wood smoked porter. Pair these delicious craft beers with beer bread or a cheese platter.

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jackalope brewing company

Jackalope Brewing Company was founded in 2011 by Bailey Spaulding and Robyn Virball, then later joined by their friend Steve Wright. Jackalope is known for the unique ingredients used in their unfiltered, unpasteurized beers, such as the Thunder Ann, made with apricot and mango to highlight the citrus notes of American pale ale and the Love Bird, a wheat beer infused with strawberries and raspberries. The company even has a line of handmade soaps using their beer and hops.

Jackalope Brewing Company

701 8th Avenue South 
Nashville, TN 37203

WHAT TO ORDER:

The Bearwalker Brown – made with pure maple syrup.

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little harpeth brewing

Little Harpeth Brewing is a newer brewery to Nashville and specializes in German-style lagers, a rarity in an ale-heavy local scene, offering craft beers such as a black lager, High Water and a dunkel lager inspired by the brown beers of Munich. Little Harpeth currently only has a production facility and is not open to the public, but their beers can be found at bars in the Nashville area.

Little Harpeth Brewing

30 Oldham Street
 Nashville, TN 37213

WHAT TO ORDER:

The Double Paddle – a potent doppelbock

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blackstone brewpub & brewery

Located in midtown Nashville in the West End, Blackstone Brewery is known as Nashville’s first craft brewery since its opening in ’94. The brewery is referred as a pioneer of the local craft beer movement with award- winning offerings such as a high-gravity Adam Bomb Imperial IPA, the HopJack IPA, the Black Forest Black Kölsch, and their current seasonal Picnic Summer Ale, a lighter pale ale version. Pair these craft beers with the taproom’s hardwood grilled steak or a stone oven pizza.

Blackstone Brewpub & Brewery

1918 West End Avenue
 Nashville, TN 37203



WHAT TO ORDER

If you want a great American porter, then try the St. Charles Porter, which is created off a homebrew recipe from co-founder Kent Taylor

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rock bottom restaurant & brewery

This brewery was established in 1995 as Big River Grille & Brewery by restaurant brewery chain CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries Inc.  The space was converted recently to Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, which features a southern and southwestern menu along with a lineup of delicious house-made beers.

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

111 Broadway
 Nashville, TN 37201

WHAT TO ORDER:

Try the handcrafted house beers.

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fat bottom brewing


In 2012, Fat Bottom began as a home-brewing hobby by founder & brewmaster Ben Bredesen, but recently in 2012, the brewery opened space in an old mattress factory in East Nashville. The brewery offers tasty full-flavored, unfiltered brews including their Black Betty IPA and Ruby Red American Ale. Their taproom boasts a courtyard with fun games of cornhole, and Fat Bottom offers inexpensive brewery tours on Saturday afternoons.

Fat Bottom Brewing


900 Main Street
Nashville, TN 37206

WHAT TO ORDER:

Try the Java Jane; their coffee porter made with locally roasted beans from Drew’s Brews.

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tennessee brew works

This energy-efficient, two-level brewery opened in SoBro in 2013 by co-owners and brewmasters Garr Schwartz and Christian Spears and includes a 25-barrel brewing system (using 50% less water, 20% less raw material, and 20% less energy) on an automated system that creates delicious craft beers such as their Cutaway, which is a moderately bitter IPA with additions of orange and tangerine.

Tennessee Brew Works

809 Ewing Ave Nashville, TN 37203

WHAT TO ORDER:

Try the Basil Ryeman, described as a “Tennessee Farmhouse Ale”, which is a saison made with pale rye, Thai basil and wheat malts.

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black abbey brewing company


Brewmasters Carl Meier and John Owen opened their Black Abbey Brewery in Berry Hills in 2013. The theme and inspiration behind the brewery is grounded in fellowship, community, and Black Abbey’s motto is “drinking for joy”, so the brewery’s taproom resembles a Fellowship Hall showcasing long, communal tables spanning from the cathedral-like bar. As for its brews, Black Abbey offers Belgian-style beers including the Chapter House, a Belgian-style red from their seasonal collection, and a Brother Maynard, a Belgian-style pale ale.

Black Abbey Brewing Company


2952 Sidco Dr.
 Nashville, TN 37204


WHAT TO ORDER:

Try the tasty POTUS 44 or the year-round Rose, a Belgian-style blonde.

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czann’s brewing company

Located in SoBro, Czann’s Brewing Company was founded in 2013 by Ken Rebman, who has been a home brewer for over 10 years. Rebman’s craft beer system is simple, as he creates a balance between the bitterness of a beer with a flavorful malt in his blonde and pale ale brews. Czann’s can currently be found on tap at restaurants and bars around Middle Tennessee.

Czann’s Brewing Company

505 Lea Avenue 
Nashville, Tennessee 37203

WHAT TO ORDER:

The Old School IPA – featuring a blend of citrus.

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tailgate beer

Originally founded in San Diego, California, TailGate Beer relocated to Nashville in 2014, opening a craft brewery on the west side of town. Their award-winning beer can be found around town in cans or at their taproom, which also features guest taps from Middle Tennessee breweries.

TailGate Beer

700 Charlotte Pike 
Nashville, TN 37209

WHAT TO ORDER:

Try the BlackTop Blonde, TailGate Beer’s flagship ale.