Brews of the Southern Wild

Nashville’s best beer spots

nashville_beer_01Across the American South, craft beer is storming tap lists, with new breweries, bottle shops, festivals (like this weekend’s Memphis BrewFest 2014), and home brewing supply stores fueling the whole scene. And as we get ready for big bands and bold beers at Bonnaroo in mid-June, we’re also thinking a lot about its arrival city, Nashville—and getting thirsty. Have you been to “Music City”, with its combo of honky-tonks and farm-to-table heros like Sean Brock, the James Beard Award-winning chef of Husk? Here, some of the best beer-based businesses are making red-hot Music City even hotter. And hey, forget about driving—now there’s a Nashville Brew Bus to show you the city’s top taps.

BREWERIES

Yazoo Brewing Company, located on Division St., established in 2003, is a local stalwart of the good beer scene. They’re open Wednesday through Saturday, with food trucks in the parking lot serving dinner and the rich, balanced Dos Perros American brown ale on tap, among others. Jackalope Brewing Co.’s taproom is open Thursday – Saturday from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon; ask for Thunder Ann, a fragrant APA. Tennessee Brew Works is located in a former printing warehouse at Ewing Avenue and Fogg Street downtown, a stone’s throw away from the new state-of-the-art Music City Center convention complex, and Jackalope and Yazoo breweries. Look for their herb-accented saison, Basil Ryeman. Turtle Anarchy Brewing Company brews handmade, flavorful, dynamic and unique beers like the 6.2%abv Portly Stout, and offers tours every Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

BARS, BOTTLE SHOPS & GROWLER STATIONS

The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium and 12 South Taproom & Grill are two of the city’s top taprooms. Try them both. Stocking up on beer for Bonnaroo? With a wide selection of craft brews in bottles and cans, spirits, darts, and even growler fills, Craft Brewed Nashville has you covered. Hops & Crafts, located in ‘The Gulch’ neighborhood, offers an ever-changing variety of premium micro brews from throughout the nation, featuring 36 on tap. Sample on site or take home in bottle, can, or growler. The Filling Station, with two locations, has 24 specialty beers on tap with an emphasis on local craft brews.

Which craft beer cities are you hoping to visit this summer? Let us know below.

Photo Credit: Nashville Beer Blog

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