There are few things better than sipping a beer on a warm night after a stressful week. Luckily, breweries give city dwellers the chance to try both seasonal and all-year flavors whenever they have a craving. For those who want to get out and try something a little more artisan than the standard grocery store fare, it's time to get moving to one of these amazing breweries in Nashville.
Nashville has a number of local breweries and taprooms to choose from. Some are very well-known, while others are not as mainstream. Here are a few of the local favorites.
Southern Grist Brewing
For those who can't get enough of the sour selection, this brewery specializes in perfecting the flavor profile of tart beers. It's not easy to tame the yeast and bacteria that goes into a great sour, but patrons agree that Southern Grist stands out from the pack. Beer drinkers can enjoy pizza, pretzels, and chocolate alongside their chosen favorite, and they can count on the friendly staff to make the right recommendation when it comes to pairing. This place is so popular that the owners announced plans to expand in May 2017.
New Heights Brewing Company
Light on food but big on beer, this downtown hot spot is going to grab some serious attention when the sun really starts to sizzle. Founded by two former Californians, these beers have managed to satisfy even the pickiest of palates. Munch on some popcorn, play a few games of checkers or cornhole, and guzzle a few of their fermented concoctions. This brewery doesn't necessarily have a specialty, but those who stop by are impressed with the quality of their IPAs, cream ales, and stouts.
For those who can't get enough variations, Yazoo is the place to be. A constantly rotating menu of brews is just one of the reasons it's maintained its popularity since 2003. While the official menu is limited to cheeses, beer bread, and nuts, the food trucks located right outside the Gulch location offer an ample selection of meals and snacks to nosh upon while trying out their hoppy selections. Take a tour to learn more about their brewing process and receive a free keepsake glass to take home.
Craft Brewed provides both a brewery and a taproom. They have plenty of options and regular new arrivals in both bottles and on tap. You can take a 64-ounce growler with you after tasting some of the options. They also provide equipment and kits for home brewing.
This place may be small, but the vibe is close-knit rather than claustrophobic. Known for its pumpkin beer and friendly staff, this brewery was started by a home brewer named Ken Rebman who wanted to take his hobby to the next level. His system was perfected after a decade of trial and error, sparking the demand for his blonde and pale ales across the city. For those who don't want to get swallowed up in the crowd, stop by to strike up a conversation or two over some perfectly tasty brews.
The Broadway Brewhouse is a Nashville original. Since they now have 5 locations you can get your brew on no matter where you go in the city. The Broadway Brewhouse is known for its great original food. However, you can also have a good time and grab a cold drink at any of the 5 locations.
The brewhouse has got the mojo, which is found in the menu. It doesn't matter what type of appetite you have, you are sure to find something you like on this menu. From fresh salads, to Mexican fare, to house specialties, they have it all. They even have a great selection of steaks, burgers and sandwiches.
Overall, this is a great place to have a meal and a few beers at the same time. It's the perfect place to hang out with the boys or the girls.
Big River Brewing Works
Big River is a better known choice in Nashville with plenty of great beers ready for your consumption. Not only do they brew their own beer, but they also provide a restaurant and taproom with plenty of hand crafted choice on tap.
The Filling Station
If you want to take a great brew home with you, The Filling Station is your next stop. They provide Growlers to go of 40 different taps. Many of the taps rotate with the season and provide a great variety of choices.
Yazoo Brewing Company
Maybe not the best-known of the breweries and taprooms, Yazoo is certainly a good choice, however. It was started by a college student in 1993 when he bought a home brewing kit form the back page ad of a Rolling Stone magazine. After realizing what the flavors of the beer, he finally opened the doors to the brewery in 2003. This brewery has won many awards for their creations and many are available in the taproom from Wednesday to Friday.
Jackalope Brewing Company
Located at 701 8th Ave S in Nashville, the Jackalope Brewing Company is an industrial style pub with its own line of creative microbrews. Friendly staff and perfectly chilled beer have made this a local hotspot since 2011. There's always something fun going on here such as co-op pairings, special events and fundraisers, making it a great place to kick back and enjoy cheese curds over a cold one. To boot, Jackalope's outside patio is dog-friendly.
However, it is undeniable that the craft brews at Jackalope Brewing Company are the shining stars here. A top flagship brew is the Thunder Ann American Pale Ale, which is a bold, citrusy pale with a hoppy finish. Another favorite is their Bearwalker Maple Brown Ale that's infused with pure Vermont maple syrup for a sweet, smooth taste. Seasonal choices rotate regularly with options ranging from hearty stouts and red rye ales to extra light pale ales—there's always something new bouncing on tap at the Jackalope.
Turtle Anarchy Brewing Company
Found in Franklin, Turtle Anarchy is a bit of a newer brewery to the area. They always have something new going on and provide regular events throughout the week.
Visit One of the Great Breweries of Nashville
There is no one best brewery in Nashville. Everyone's favorite depends on what they like and how they like it. But whether a beer drinker wants loud and crowded or small and intimate, they'll be able to find a brewery in this city with a selection and scene for them.
All of these breweries and taprooms are perfect for the beer lover. Try them all, along with many others in the Music City and find your favorite local brew.
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