As Nashville’s culinary culture continues to thrive and expand, so does the craft brewing community. Local beer makers are setting up shop in all parts of town, from East Nashville to The Nations, and opening their doors to thirsty locals and tourists looking to get a taste of Music City-made beer. Each brewery offers up something different and has made a name for itself and its delicious brews. Pay these breweries a visit and sip beer in the taproom, take a tour of the behind-the-scenes action and look for their beer on shelves and menus around town.
2905 12th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212 •
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Mill Creek got their start in Nolensville and recently expanded their presence in Nashville with the Mill Creek Taproom at 12 South. The taproom occupies the former Solco space and serves pints and a menu of hearty dishes — the burger being the best seller. The whole family is welcome to come by for food (for all ages) and beer (for those 21+).
30 Oldham St., Nashville, TN 37213 • (615) 922-2690
Hours: Thursday and Friday, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon. to 10 p.m.-ish; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Little Harpeth is constantly trying to minimize its carbon footprint and practice sustainable methods of brewing. Eighty percent of the material used to construct the offices and boiler room were construction demolition materials, and everything else in the brewery is reused. Their brewing process minimizes fossil fuel and electricity use to help contribute to creating a sustainable future.
With three “perennial” beers and a variety of rotating seasonal brews, Little Harpeth has something for every beer lover. Stop in the taproom from Thursday through Sunday to try some for yourself, or take a tour on the weekends. Plus, on Sundays, you can enjoy free live music. If you can’t make it to the brewery, look out for their brews on tap around town!
903 Main St., Nashville, TN 37206
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. (Industry Night: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
Tours: Tours are not regularly conducted, but can be scheduled in advance for your party with appropriate notice.
Smith & Lentz, situated on Main Street, plans to experiment with its small brewing system and introduce customers to new beers on a regular basis while working to perfect their favorites. They serve beer crafted from different hop varieties, different yeast strains and different processes. Head to their East Nashville location any day of the week to try the unique flavors for yourself, and take some with you when you go — they serve their beer in store and to-go.
East Nashville Taproom:
1201 Porter Rd., Nashville, TN 37206 • (629) 203-7159
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
5012 Centennial Blvd., Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 864-7133
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The three founders, Jamie Lee, Kevin Antoon and Jared Welch, always accept the great challenge of converting non-craft beer lovers. Not a craft beer fan? Stop by to see if they can change your mind. With innovative flavor infusions and a long list of brews, Southern Grist Brewing surely has something for everyone to try. Venture over to East Nashville or The Nations to give it a try.
320 E. Trinity Lane, Nashville, TN 37207 • (615) 262-1234
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
East Nashville Beer Works opened their brewery and taproom to the public after folks were introduced to their brews through selections available at several bars and restaurants in town. At their Trinity Lane spot, you can sip beers in the outdoor beer garden and enjoy food from their full menu, on which artisan pizza is the star!
101 Van Buren St., Nashville, TN 37208 • (615) 928-7988
Hours: Monday through Thursday, noon to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.
Bearded Iris pays homage to the great state of Tennessee by naming its brewing company after the state flower. With the goal to “cultivate variety” in mind, the brewery strives to have unique flavors in all different styles of beer. Head over to Germantown to try their local brews. Skip the babysitter — the patio is kid- and pet-friendly! Feel free to bring your own food and have a relaxing evening.
The Nations/West Nashville
800 44th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 678-5715
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to midnight; Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.
Food served: Yes
Tours: Yes, every Friday and Saturday.
Fat Bottom Brewery is a charming hub where craft beer and inventive food go hand-in-hand. Nashville native Ben Bredesen majored in computer science at Brown University, but the tech-savvy graduate channeled his energy toward the mechanics of brewing as the Fat Bottom founder. Fat Bottom is prized for beers that are easy to drink, but laced with complex flavors. In addition to The Hopyard, a taproom and restaurant with beer garden and patio, Fat Bottom Brewery is popular for private parties, wedding receptions and other special events.
7300 Charlotte Pike Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 861- 9842 7300 Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Tours: Saturdays and Sundays
1538 Demonbreun St., Nashville, TN 37203 • (629) 702- 5914 Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
811 Gallatin Ave., Nashville, TN 37206 • (629) 203-7152 Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.mm. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
With three locations, TailGate Beer offers something for everyone. Try their brews, but be sure to pair these beers with their gourmet pizza, sandwiches or snacks to soak up some of the alcohol! Go in for a brewery tour on the weekend, or enjoy some pizza and brews in their family-friendly cafe. In a hurry? Pick up a growler to go. TailGate is now canning their beers, so keep your eyes peeled!
5901 California Ave., Ste. 105, Nashville, TN 37209
Taproom is currently under construction.
Turtle Anarchy was founded with a mission to provide only the highest quality ingredients in its beer without artificial additives. Turtle Anarchy Brewing used to be located in Franklin, but due to the need for a larger space, they’re making their way to The Nations, where they have a brewhouse, 13 fermentation tanks, a canning line, a bottling line and a small kegging line. In addition to creating more — and new (think high-gravity, sour and barrel-aged) — beers, they will also be able to open a taproom.
240B Cumberland Bend, Nashville, TN 37228 • (615) 742-9770
Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
HonkyTonk Brewing Co. is a craft brewery with a focus on high-gravity beers. With the tagline “tuned up lagers and ales,” it’s no surprise that this large taproom is home to delicious craft beer, fabulous food and live entertainment — HonkyTonk is a place that captures the down-home charm of Music City. The furnishings are exquisitely understated, directing the focus of its patrons to the friendly service, the accommodating atmosphere, a talented music lineup and, of course, the great beer. From hoppy IPAs to smooth wheat ales, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at HonkyTonk Brewing Co.
505 Lea Ave., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 748-1399
Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Ken Rebman, a brewmaster with 10 years’ experience, not only brews the beer, but he runs the business. His one-man operation is designed to create a beer that hits a balance between solid malt flavor and hop bitterness. Since Ken distributes the beer himself, it can only be found in Nashville, and he prides himself on his truly local brewery. Look out for Czann’s brews in select Nashville locations, or check out their taproom and brewery!
701 Eighth Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 873-4313
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
Tours: Fridays and Saturdays
Jackalope Brewing Company has garnered both regional and national popularity for its delicious beers. With a mission to provide the local community with a well-crafted product, Jackalope has become a sought-after brand for Nashville’s hottest restaurants and bars. Thanks to a recent expansion, there are now two ways to experience Jackalope. The Den is the original brewery, which they outgrew. It will remain open and small batch and sour beers will be brewed and served. Also, be sure to check out The Ranch at Jackalope in Wedgewood Houston (more information below).
809 Ewing Ave., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 436-0050
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 p.m. to 8 p.m.
A proud proponent of the Aegir Brewing System and Mash Filter Technology, Tennessee Brew Works has refined a brewing process that substantially minimizes waste and energy use without compromising the quality or taste of their product. From basil-scented beers to seasonal farmhouse ales brewed with local beets, Tennessee Brew Works is prized for its ability to bottle the flavors of the South. Located in downtown Nashville just a short trek from the Music City Center, the rustic taproom is officially a Music City Live Music Venue and is popular for locals and tourists alike. Stop by for beers. bites and live music.
910 Division St., Nashville, TN 37207 • (615) 891-4649
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.; Friday, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
Open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for to-go beer and merchandise
It all began in 1993 with a home brewing kit, according to founder and brewmaster Linus Hall. After surprising success selling their beer out of an old Virginia farmhouse, Linus and his wife moved to Nashville and opened Yazoo in 2003. One year later, in 2004, the Hefeweizen won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival, and in 2005, Yazoo brewed Tennessee’s first legal high-gravity ale (Yazoo Zue). These achievements and the locals’ love for the beer helped them grow. Yazoo is located on Division Street adjacent to Peg Leg Porker. Enjoy a seasonal beer on the patio, and then head to the smoke pit for a savory rack of ribs!
928 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 490-6901
Hours: Monday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesday, closed; Wednesday and Thursday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
New Heights tasting room is now open less than a mile from downtown and open six days a week. The small craft brewery with Jeff Fountain as the head brewer. The list of beers includes cream ales, wheat beer, sours, porters, pilsners and more. Snag a seat on their outdoor patio, make your way through their selection and try one of four kinds of Nashville’s own Dan’s Gourmet Mac and Cheese.
2952 Sidco Drive, Nashville, TN 37204 • (615) 755-0070
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
Inspired by the religious reformer Martin Luther, Black Abbey is a brewery that likes to shake things up. Its brewing process transforms the high-quality, artisanal ingredients into beers that are bold, but easy to sip. Black Abbey is known for its Belgian-style products, which honor the monks who first mastered the art of fine ale. Their encompassing list of craft beers includes everything from rich porters that pair with beef to crisp ales that venerate European draft houses. Black Abbey is a neighborly brewery committed to community and encourages its patrons to gather over pints in the “Fellowship Hall.”
600A Frazier Drive, No. 135, Franklin, TN 37067 • (615) 503-9626
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight;
Cool Springs Brewery was once Guido’s, a pizza place that opened in 1991. With new ownership, the spot moved to Cool Springs, got a new name, added a microbrewery, expanded their restaurant menu and became what it is today. Serving their craft beers, as well as wine and cocktails, you are sure to find something to your liking to pair with their full dinner menu. If you are running short on time, grab a quick bite at the bar or take something to go! Or, enjoy their beer in the comfort of your own home by picking up a growler.
216 Noah Drive, Franklin, TN 37067 • (615) 628-8776
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
Renowned chef Maneet Chuahan and expert brewmaster Derrick Morse opened the doors to Mantra Artisan Ales in Franklin. The flavors found in the high-quality craft beers touch on many regions of the world, including Belgium and India, and the expert brewers marry the flavors in an unexpected way that keeps folks asking for more. The taproom offers delicious beers, each a standout in its own way, and all are worth a try!
429B Houston St., Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 873-4313
Hours: Monday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, closed; Thursday and Friday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
As we mentioned, Jackalope has expanded! They outgrew The Den and moved their production to The Ranch in Wedgewood Houston. In addition to their production brewery, there is a taproom in which you can enjoy Jackalope beers, and empanadas. Snag a seat inside to admire the bright décor or set up outside on the patio for a long afternoon of beer and bites.
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