Food & Drink

The Best Nashville Breweries

Updated On 05/17/2017 at 05:50PM EST Updated On 05/17/2017 at 05:50PM EST
Yazoo Brewing Company

Yazoo Brewing Company

The Gulch

A Southern staple since 2003, Yazoo is one of the most widely recognized Nashville brands, with brewmaster Linus Hall consistently coming up with innovative beers (see their Hop Project, made with different hop varieties in every batch). When it outgrew its original spot in Marathon Village, Yazoo expanded to its current home, a 40-barrel brewhouse in the Gulch that’s one of the largest breweries in Tennessee. The taproom is open Wednesday through Saturday, offering a menu of cheese platters, spiced pecans, and beer bread, and a variety of food trucks can also be found parked out front on any given day. Tours are available for $8 per person and come with a 5 ounce souvenir glass that’s refilled often throughout your stroll through the facility. Try the Dos Perros, Sly Rye Porter, Hop Perfect IPA, and the high-gravity SUE, an imperial cherrywood smoked porter.

Blackstone Brewing Company

Blackstone Brewing Company

West End

Opened in 1994, Blackstone is the pioneer of the city’s craft beer scene. Its portfolio features such delights as the HopJack IPA (a new, aggressive, twice-hopped release), a high-gravity Adam Bomb Imperial IPA, and the Black Forest Black Kölsch. At the onsite brewpub, you can get stone oven pizza and hardwood grilled steaks while tasting the 16 seasonally rotating beers on tap.

Tanner Gallagher

Fat Bottom Brewery

Nations

Perhaps it’s the pin-ups featured in Fat Bottom’s logos that drew you there, but it’s the varied portfolio of full-flavored, unfiltered brews (like the Ruby Red American Ale, or the Black Betty IPA) that keep you coming back. The operation stems from the home-brewing hobby of founder Ben Bredesen and recently packed its barrels and moved from its original East Nashville home to a 33,000 square foot facility in The Nations. The new space includes an event area called The Reserve, a small filling station for growlers, and The Hopyard restaurant that has pub food and games of cornhole in the courtyard.

Southern Grist Brewing Company

East Nashville

Southern Grist Brewing Company was founded by friends Jamie Lee, Kevin Antoon, and Jared Welch, who moved to Nashville with a shared passion for craft beer. After a year in business, the next chapter for this small brewery is simply keeping up with the demand. Southern Grist recently announced plans to expand to a 9,000 square foot production facility with a 15-barrel system and a 2,000 square foot taproom in The Nations, where you can try the Too Much Sauce or the Insert Juicy Pun, both double IPAs. If you’re in the mood for something more fruity, sample the Apricot-Pineapple Hill sour for a great warm-weather treat, then take some beer to-go in one of the crowlers, a 32-ounce can that costs only $1 to purchase and $1 to refill. Open Tuesday through Sunday, the taproom features a menu of local treats like thin crusts from 312 Pizza Company and truffles from Tempered Cafe and Chocolate.

Andrea Behrends

Jackalope Brewing Company

The Gulch

Named after the mythical horned rabbit that co-founder and brewmaster Bailey Spaulding once believed was real, Jackalope appropriately thrives on the unusual. It uses uniquely complementary ingredients in its unpasteurized, unfiltered beers, such as the Love Bird, a wheat beer infused with raspberries and strawberries, and the Thunder Ann, made with apricot and mango to highlight the citrus notes of American pale ale. It even has a line of handmade soaps infused with beer and hops, and the taproom features trivia nights and giant Jenga games on the patio.

Bearded Iris Brewing Company

Germantown

Opened in 2016 by friends and Murfreesboro natives Paul Vaughn and Kavon Togrye, the brewery focuses on hop-forward American styles and barrel-aged beers. Here, you can enjoy a flight with friends in the comfy taproom lounge with its plush antique furniture, speakeasy-style bar, and crystal chandelier. You can also purchase a select variety of mainstays and seasonals in cans to-go, and bring your kids, dogs, and food to the patio. We recommend the Bearded Iris Homestyle, a popular IPA brewed with oats and Mosaic hops with 6% ABV kick.

Christen Clemins

Tennessee Brew Works

SoBro

Tennessee Brew Works is one of the most eco-friendly breweries in the country. Co-owners and brewmasters Garr Schwartz and Christian Spears run an energy-efficient, 25-barrel brewing operation using 50% less water, 20% less raw materials, and 20% less energy running on an automated system that can be controlled from their iPhones. Their year-round brews like the Southern Wit (a citrus-infused Belgian white) or the Cutaway (a moderately bitter IPA with notes of tangerine and orange) are joined by an ever-expanding line of seasonals, limited releases, and high-gravity beers. Open seven days a week, the two-level Tennessee Taproom includes a menu curated by Chef Jay Mitchell featuring burgers, hot chicken, and even frog legs. We opt for the Basil Ryeman, a saison made with pale rye, wheat malts, and Thai basil.

New Heights Brewing Company

Downtown

One of the latest additions to the Nashville beer scene, this small craft brewery opened for distribution in spring 2016 and the tasting room followed in the fall. Owners Jeff and Tracey Fountain offer 10 taps, and the facility is open six days a week, featuring a patio, board games, and sustenance from local favorite Dan’s Mac and Cheese. The flagship New Heights IPA (6.9% ABV) is perfect for outdoor sipping, but if you're looking for something different -- and stronger -- try the Gobsmacked barley wine (12.4% ABV) or the Navel Gazer imperial stout (9.2% ABV).

Jimmy Patterson

The Black Abbey Brewing Company

Berry Hill

Brewmasters and co-owners Carl Meier and John Owen created Black Abbey Brewery by drawing inspiration from Martin Luther. The religious icon believed in community, fellowship, and “drinking for joy,” so naturally their taproom/Fellowship Hall is set with long, communal tables stemming from the cathedral-like bar. The brews themselves are predominantly Belgian-style numbers, including The Chapter House, a delicious red, Brother Maynard, a tasty pale ale, and the Rose, a blonde that makes for easy drinking. Tours are offered on Saturdays for $10.

Smith and Lentz

East Nashville

One of the many enjoyable characteristics of Smith and Lentz is its willingness to experiment. The small-batch brewing system allows them to play with any recipe or hop variety that comes to mind, ensuring the taps are constantly rotating and offering you a surprise during each visit. However, you can always count on a few German pilsners and IPAs to be on hand. The taproom is open seven days a week and, depending on the time of year, hosts a cornhole league.

Tracy Allison

Little Harpeth Brewing Company

East Nashville

Little Harpeth Brewing Company is unique in that they specialize in German-style lagers (a rarity in an ale-heavy craft beer scene) yielding the likes of Stax, a black lager, or High Water, a dunkel inspired by the brown beers of Munich. For non-lager options, we recommend the homestyle Chicken Scratch, an American pilsner made with local corn, or the seasonal Double Paddle, a potent doppelbock (10% ABV) that's surprisingly easy -- perhaps too easy -- to drink. Visit the taproom to try the Out on a Limb series of small batch, experimental brews, Thursday through Sunday. The short walk to Nissan Stadium also makes it a great destination for football fans and concertgoers.

Czann’s Brewing Company

SoBro

Ken Rebman is the one-man show of Czann’s Brewery. A homebrewer for more than a decade, he even bought his last house based off the basement’s beer-making conditions, and has entirely self-funded the brewery and its eight-barrel system. When he launched in 2011, his simple approach of finding the balance between flavorful malt and hop bitterness led to a rapid local demand for his blonde and pale ale brews. It's also just within walking distance from the Music City Center, if you’re attending a convention and need a cold one.

TailGate Beer

TailGate Beer

West Nashville

When Wesley Keegan moved TailGate Beer to West Nashville from San Diego in 2014, beer fanatics knew his plans for production were big, but no one knew they’d lead to a 50-barrel facility, making it the largest craft brewery in Tennessee. Between its two taprooms, a larger one in the West Nashville facility and another in the old Dan McGuinness pub on Demonbreun, TailGate boasts pizzas and nearly 80 rotating taps. Three are available to-go in cans: the peanut butter milk stout, grapefruit IPA, and watermelon wheat.

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1. Yazoo Brewing Company 910 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203

One of Nashville's largest breweries, Yazoo cooks up myriad tasty beers in the Gulch, including fan favorites Hop Project (made with different hop varieties in every batch), Dos Perros, Sly Rye Porter, and their 10-Year anniversary white IPA.

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2. Blackstone Brewing Company 1918 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203 (West End)

As Nashville’s first craft brewery, Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery opened in 1994 on West End Ave, started distributing as Blackstone Brewing Company from their state-of-the-art brewing and bottling facility in 2011, and today is revered as a pioneer to the local, craft beer movement.

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3. Fat Bottom Brewery 900 Main St, Nashville, TN 37206 (East Nashville)

Head to this East Nashville brewery and taproom, where you can learn how they cook up (and sample) all their popular barley pops, including Ruby Red American Ale, Black Betty IPA, and Java Jane Coffee Porter.

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4. Jackalope Brewing Company 701 Eighth Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

This rustic Gulch brewery is well-known for its flavorful and unique ingredients combos in its unpasteurized, unfiltered beers. You'll want to check out the Love Bird, a wheat beer infused with raspberries and strawberries; the Thunder Ann, made with apricot and mango to highlight the citrus notes of American pale ale; or the Bearwalker Brown Maple Brown, brewed with pure maple syrup used during the conditioning phase.

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5. Tennessee Brew Works 809 Ewing Ave, Nashville, TN 37203 (Downtown)

This Downtown brewery and taproom churns out a whole host of delicious suds, including a number of headliners, seasonals, and various specialty brews.

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6. The Black Abbey Brewing Company 2954 Sidco, Nashville, TN 37204 (Berry Hill)

This Berry Hill brewery and taproom is set with long tables stemming from the cathedral-like bar, encouraging a true, brewery experience of getting to know your neighbor over a pint... or three. Try their Brother Maynard, a Belgian-style pale ale; POTUS 44, a robust coffee porter; or Chapter House, a Belgian-style red from their seasonal collection.

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7. Czann’s Brewing Company 505 Lea Ave, Nashville, TN 37203 (Sobro)

Owner and operator of Czann's, Ken Rebman, was a home-brewer for more than 10 years before he opened Bzann's in 2011 with the simple approach of crafting the balance between flavorful malt and hop bitterness, which led to a rapid tap takeover in town for his blonde and pale ale brews.

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8. Little Harpeth Brewing 30 Oldham St, Nashville, TN 37213 (East Nashville)

This East Nashville brewery is unique in that they specialize in German-style lagers, a rarity in an ale-heavy brewing scene. Try their Double Paddle, a potent dopplebock with 10% alcohol content yet; Stax Black, a black lager; or High Water, a dunkel lager inspired by the brown beers of Munich.

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