Drink Local - Craft Breweries of Middle Tennessee

March 8, 2016

Shop local. Drink local.

We get the concept of shopping local to support retailers, but how about drinking local, too? There are some fantastic breweries right under our noses in Nashville that are getting national recognition for their unique flavors. Let's review a few of our favorites.

Briarscratch Brewery

Say hello to the first brewery in Sumner County! The founder, owner, brewmaster, and everything else is Brad Singleton, pictured below in his nano brewery. He's brewing and distributing his craft brews locally in Gallatin, Hendersonville, and the surrounding areas. What's the secret to his brews? The amazingly pure spring water in his "holler." Give Briarscratch a try this year, you won't regret it!

Where: Cottontown, TN
Beers you've seen at Bluegrass: Creekbank Blonde, Cottontown Brown, Roaddog Red
Taproom? Not yet! However, you can contact the brewer for a private tour.
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Tennessee Brew Works

Hats off to Tennessee Brew Works for future thinking. No, they're not brewing beer in space suits or on the moon, but they are incredibly energy efficient. The 25-barrel brewing system uses 50% less water, 20% less raw materials, and 20% less energy. They're churning out great beer with unique flavors like the Basil Ryeman and Walk the Lime.

Where: SoBro
Beers you've seen at Bluegrass: Basil Ryeman, Southern Wit, 
Taproom? Yes! The two-level taproom is pretty awesome and is an official live music venue.
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Fat Bottom Brewery

The graphics, the name Fat Bottom, and the odd beer names will definitely make you turn your head, but trust us, the beer (just ask Bertha, Java Jane, or Ruby Red) is good enough to keep you coming back for more. Like so many brewers listed here, brewmaster and founder, Ben Bredesen started out as a home-brewer turned full-time beer-prenuer in 2011.

Where: East Nashville
Beers you've seen at Bluegrass: Ruby Red Ale, Black Betty IPA, Java Jane Porter, Knockout IPA
Taproom? Yes, open for tastings and tours on Saturdays, complete with cornhole games if you want to test your skills.
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Yazoo Brewing Company

Nashville's largest brewery, Yazoo is known for putting out consistently nice product. Brewmaster and owner, Linus Hall, is super innovative and was the first out of Nashville to break into the high gravity beer market with Yazoo Sue.

Where: The Gulch
Beers you've seen at Bluegrass: Dos Perros, Hefeweizen, Gerst, Sue, Sly Rye Porter, Hop Project IPA, Hopry Double IPA
Taproom? Yes, open Wednesday-Saturday. We've heard the beer bread is pretty good, too.
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The Black Abbey Brewing Company

Though the atmosphere resembles a cathedral, you won't find any church hymns here. The founders and brewmasters, Carl Meier and John Owen, created Black Abbey by drawing inspiration from an accidental monk named Martin Luther. He believed in "drinking for joy," so naturally these guys have had fun creating these Nashville original Belgian-style beers.

Where: Berry Hill
Beers you've seen at Bluegrass: The Rose, The Special, Potus 44
Taproom? Yes, but they call it the "Fellowship Hall." Gather with friends and draw inspiration from the great Martin Luther.
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Jackalope Brewing Company

Co-founder and brewmaster, Bailey Spaulding (yes, a woman!), got the name from the elusive but very real (so she says) ruthless horned rabbit, the Jackalope. Together with her partner in beer, Robyn Virball, the gals have created great flavored unfiltered beer that craft beer enthusiasts are loving, like the Bearwalker Brown made with pure maple syrup. Their unofficial motto and words of wisdom? "Believe in yourself. Believe in great beer."

Where: The Gulch
Beers you've seen at Bluegrass: Lovebird, Bearwalker Maple Brown Ale, Thunder Ann, Rompo Red Rye Ale
Taproom? Yes. Want GIANT Jenga and trivia? They've got those, too.
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Drink local! Come by Bluegrass and fill up a growler or purchase in bottles or cans. Let us know what you think.