5 Nashville Craft Breweries (And Beers) You Need To Check Out

Craft beer’s most important gathering, the Craft Brewers Conference is in Nashville all week a great music city and an increasingly vital craft beer town. And when do you do step away from the CBC’s many seminars and forums this week, we’ve some breweries you need to check out.

And the first three, Yazoo, Jackalope, and Tennessee Brew Work are all within walking (or staggering) distance of one another which might for a great night out when you’re in town.

Yazoo Brewing Company

Founded in 2003, the award-winning Yazoo Brewing is a Nashville original and largest craft brewery in the city Located in the city’s trendy Gulch neighbor, this 40 barrel operation is widely distributed throughout Tennessee and Mississippi. Regionally they are kinda famous for having revived Gerst Beer, a Nashville legend before Prohibition, and their Embrace the Funk line of sour and wild ales.

Brewery ‘Must Beer’: Citralux, a 5.3% ABV draft-only Wild Ale that draws inspiration from the French Biere de Garde style.

Jackalope Brewing

Founded by Bailey Spaulding and Robyn Virball, two Americans who met as students in the tiny Scottish village of St. Andrews who were eventually joined by Stephen Wright a brewery intern who’s now Jackalope’s Chief Operating Officer. Located just a block away from Yazoo, Jackalope, who currently brew using Yazoo’s old gear, are known for their envelope pushing eclectic directions

Brewery ‘Must Beer’: Lovebird, a fruited 4.4% ABV Wheat Ale brewed with nearly two hundred pounds of strawberries and raspberries per batch and available April through June.

Tennessee Brew Works

One of Nashville’s newer craft breweries Tennessee Brew Works opened in 2013 and attracted an almost rabid following almost immediately. They’ve a well-founded reputation for their commitment to the local community as well as for their eco-friendly brewing methods. In addition to an ever evolving lineup of beers and uber-creative events the taproom has also become a great hang for live music, with kickass local acts tearing things up every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Brewery ‘Must Beer’: Cutaway Rye IPA, a 6% year-round from  Tennessee Brew Works and one of the Rye India Pales in the country!

Black Abbey Brewing

Less central but well worth an Uber junket to South Nashville, Black Abbey is one of the city’s buzziest brewing locales. From its monastery-like taproom, Fellowship Hall, to its wide array of Belgian-style offerings Black Abbey takes a “road less travelled” by many American craft brewers today.

Brewery ‘Must Beer’: The Special, Nashville’s only year round Belgian-style Dubbel is a 7.4% ABV classic.

Bearded Iris Brewing

With its attic-style taproom in a former industrial space in Nashville’s emerging Germantown neighborhood, Bearded Iris Brewing is named after Tennessee’s state flower…and like Black Abby is well worth the trek.  With selections that skew heavily toward IPAs, Imperials, and Pale Ales this place is a hophead’s delight…You’ll be well-hopped but never disappointed.

Brewery ‘Must Beer’: Kinetic, a brilliant 6.8% ABV India Pale Ale hopped with an intense medley of Mosaic, Simcoe, Amarillo, Citra and Nelson…


Major H/T to Nashville Guru and Lonely Planet for their considerable help with this post….

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