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 Nashville 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.

Nashville breweries worth visiting this summer!

Almost every neighborhood in Music City has a brewery that crafts Nashville-made beer. This summer, visit them all and try to pick a favorite!

Nashville Breweries

12South

Mill Creek Taproom

2905 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212 • (615) 776-3377
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Located in the charming neighborhood of 12South, Mill Creek, which originated in Nolensville, recently expanded their presence in Nashville along this budding Nashville staple. The taproom occupies the former Sloco space and serves pints and a menu of hearty dishes — the burger being the best seller. Additionally, Mill Creek hosts All Day Happy Hour and Nerdy Talk Trivia on Mondays, BOGO Core Beers on Tuesdays, Kids Eat Free on Wednesday, and $10 Burger and Beer on Thursday. The whole family is welcome to come by for food (for all ages) and beer (for those 21+).

Mill Creek, one of the newer Nashville breweries

Welcome Mill Creek to the 12South neighborhood by paying them a visit! Image: Mill Creek

East Nashville

Little Harpeth Brewing

30 Oldham St, Nashville, TN 37213 • (615) 922-2690
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tours: Taproom tours are currently not available at this time. Sorry for any inconvenience. 

Little Harpeth mission is to preserve the past by crafting beer in the tradition of German lagers and pre-prohibition Tennessee. They’ve crafted award-winning beers and strives to consistently make an effort to minimize its carbon footprint and practice sustainable methods of brewing as well. 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 to try some for yourself! Plus, on Sundays, you can enjoy free live music. Check out the current lineup here. Fun fact; Little Harpeth is dog-friendly, so bring your furry friend along with you when you visit! If you can’t make it to the brewery, look out for their brews on tap around town!

Smith & Lentz Brewing

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 midnight; Sunday, noon 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. The patio and beer garden is dog-friendly and kid-friendly, but keep your children and pets at your side at all times.

One of East Nashville's favorite breweries, Smith & Lentz

One of East Nashville’s favorite breweries, Smith & Lentz sits on Main Street. Image: Smith & Lentz Brewing

Southern Grist Brewing

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.

Nations Taproom:
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 go.

East Nashville Beer Works

320 E. Trinity Lane, Nashville, TN 37207 • (615) 891-3108
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, dog-friendly, family-friendly beer garden and enjoy food from their full menu, on which artisan pizza is the star! This fun atmosphere is open seven days a week and serves beer in various sizes, depending on how much you (or your party) wants to drink. Stop by any day of the week and give this brewery a try.

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Germantown

Bearded Iris Brewing Company

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.

Paying homage to the state of Tennessee by naming its brewing company after the state’s iconic flower, Bearded Iris is home to various types of beer available at their taproom or at numerous restaurants and establishments around town. 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 taste 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.

Image: Bearded Iris Brewing

The whole family is welcome on the patio at Bearded Iris! Image: Bearded Iris Brewing

The Nations/West Nashville

Blackstone Brewing Company

2312 Clifton Ave, Nashville TN, 37209 •(615) 320-9002

Hours: Monday through Friday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday noon to 8 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Blackstone Brewing Company has been creating craft beer in Nashville since 1994. Their award-winning beer is created in a 30-barrel brewhouse which produces quality and consistent beer. Come check out their beer and the medals they’ve accumulated over the years. Also, Blackstone owns a food bus, which serves burgers, fries, fish and chips, artichoke dip and other daily specials. The bus is closed on Mondays and opens at 2 p.m. on Saturdays, otherwise, it is open when the taproom is open.

Fat Bottom Brewery

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.

Happy Hour: Tuesday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tours: 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, which was established in 2012, 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.

beer mac and cheese

What pairs better with beer than beer mac (cavatappi, beer cheese, charred jalapeño, white cheddar and spring onion)? Image: Fat Bottom Brewery

TailGate Beer Brewery

Headquarters:
7300 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209 • (615) 861-9842
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

Music Row:
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.

East Nashville:
811 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206 • (629) 203-7152
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

With three locations, TailGate Beer offers something for everyone. Founded in 2014, TailGate has expanded from 3 barrel system to a 50 barrel system with 30 of their own, house-brewed beers on tap at each of their three taproom locations. 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!

Turtle Anarchy Brewing Company

5901 California Ave, Suite 105, Nashville, TN 37209
Taproom is currently under construction.

Turtle Anarchy was founded in 2012 with the 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.

Downtown

Rock Bottom Brewery

111 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201 • 615-251-4677

Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Explore Broadway’s only brewery, Rock Bottom. Come see what’s brewing and check out the restaurant either by yourself or bring a group along as Rock Bottom is perfect for large parties. Stop by during the week for Happy Hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. or come by later Sunday through Thursday from 10 p.m. to midnight. Try out their variety of beers and eat some tasty food when you stop by!

MetroCenter

HonkyTonk Brewing Co.

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 an establishment 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.

 HonkyTonk Brewing Co.

HonkyTonk combines the magic of Music City with tasty beer. Image: HonkyTonk Brewing Co.

The Gulch/8th/SoBro

Czann’s Brewing Company

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 of 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, but it can only be found in Nashville! Local from the inside, out, look out for Czann’s brews in select Nashville locations, or check out their taproom and brewery!

The Den at Jackalope Brewing Company

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, noon 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).

Tennessee Brew Works

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.
Tours: Saturdays

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.

Charactuerie Board at Tennessee Brew Works, one of many Nashville breweries

A charcuterie board and a craft beer is the perfect combo. Image: Tennessee Brew Works

Yazoo Brewing Company

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!

New Heights Brewing Co.

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.

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Berry Hill

The Black Abbey Brewing Company

2952 Sidco Dr, 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.
Tours: Saturdays

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.”

Franklin/Cool Springs

Cool Springs Brewery

600A Frazier Dr, No. 135, Franklin, TN 37067 • (615) 503-9626
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and 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.

Mantra Artisan Ales

216 Noah Dr, 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 Chauhan 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!

chicken dish with craft beer

Our mouths are watering, are yours? Image: Mantra Artisan Ales

Wedgewood Houston

The Ranch at Jackalope Brewing Company

429B Houston St, Nashville, TN 37203 • (615) 873-4313
Hours: Monday and Tuesday, closed; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 4 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 decor or set up outside on the patio for a long afternoon of beer and bites.

Get out there and spend an afternoon drinking cold beers (responsibly, of course). While you are hunting down these breweries and exploring different parts of Nashville, download the free SB App to find more amazing local businesses near you! 

Did we overlook your favorite brewery? Let us know (and forgive us!). Also, business hours are subject to change, so please double check the brewery is open before you head that way!