Nashville Craft Beer Guide
Nashville is an awesome city with beautiful neighborhoods, a legendary music scene, and new restaurants and bars popping up all over the place. Craft beer is in high demand throughout the city and the local breweries are doing a great job keeping customers satisfied.
There are over 15 microbreweries and brewpubs in the Nashville area, and several more in nearby Franklin. Most of these breweries have tasting room hours where visitors can purchase pints, flights, growlers, and some type of food. Food trucks and live music are common (especially on weekends) and most of the breweries have outdoor seating. Overall, the ‘Music City’ is a great destination for craft beer drinkers.
Blackstone Restaurant and Brewery is the city’s oldest microbrewery and is located on West End in downtown Nashville. The relatively upscale brewpub is open 7 days a week and offers a diverse menu of soups, sandwiches, dinner entrees, and wood-fired pizzas. Their beer has won several very prestigious awards throughout the years and the brewery has recently expanded to include a large production brewery to keep up with bottling demand.
Nashville’s “Gulch” area is the best place to visit for a Saturday ‘Craft Crawl’ with breweries Yazoo, Jackalope, and Tennessee Brew Works all within walking distance of each other. Yazoo is a Nashville area staple and their beer can be found almost anywhere throughout the city. They recently celebrated their 10th Anniversary and commemorated the milestone by brewing a delicious 10 Year White IPA – If there’s any still available, we highly recommend trying some! Tennessee Brew Works has an awesome two-story tap and tasting room that often features live music and food trucks. Jackalope Brewing opened their doors in 2011 and their taproom has quickly become a favorite local hangout because of the friendly, chill vibe and, of course, awesome beer. Jackalope also has a very popular team trivia game every Thursday – You better get there early if you want a seat!
There are also several very exciting new breweries in Nashville. Little Harpeth Brewing Company is one of the only breweries in the Southeast that specializes in brewing lagers and their recipes are very unique and very high quality. The guys at Little Harpeth throw some awesome parties, have a strong commitment to preserving the environment, and are opening their taproom sometime in 2015. Their backyard has a great view of the Nashville skyline and is within walking distance of LP Field. Black Abbey, HonkyTonk, and Czann’s Brewing have also opened their doors recently and are all worth checking out as well.
Fat Bottom Brewing in East Nashville is another Craft Crawler staff favorite and has one of the best outdoor seating areas in town. They host live music, cornhole tournaments, and Team Trivia at the taproom in one of the cities’ up and coming neighborhoods. We were very disappointed to hear about the closing of Boscos Brewpub in Hillsboro Village, however the Village Brewhouse and Marketplace has officially opened in it’s place on 21st Avenue and offers a pretty unique drinking and shopping experience.
Overall, there is no shortage of entertainment in Nashville and we had a great time checking out the microbreweries and brewpubs. Nashville is growing quickly and the craft beer scene is absolutely thriving. In addition to these awesome breweries, there are plenty of good growler filling stations, bottle shops, and beer bars. We highly reccomend Nashville as a destination city for the craft beer fan.
Black Abbey Brewing Co.
Corsair Distillery and Brewery
Czann's Brewing Co.
HonkyTonk Brewing Co.
Jackalope Brewing Co.
Little Harpeth Brewing Co.
Tailgate Beer Co.
Turtle Anarchy Brewing Co. (Franklin)
Village Brewhouse and Marketplace
Yazoo Brewing Co.
Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery
Cool Springs Brewery (Franklin)
Fat Bottom Brewing Co.
Granite City Food & Brewery (Franklin)
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
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