Showing posts with label Tennessee. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tennessee. Show all posts

May 24, 2013

Nashville, TN: Tennessee Brew Works Prepares to Bring Down the House

TN Brew Works Nashville
Last weekend in Nashville, I had the pleasure of meeting Garr Schwartz and Christian Spears, founders of the soon-to-open Tennessee Brew Works. This is a true craft brewery that will elevate the quality of the beer coming out of Nashville, the state of Tennessee, and the southeast United States.

When we pulled up to the former print shop at 809 Ewing Avenue, we weren't quite sure if we were in the right place. Located in a part of town that has probably seen better days, the brewery was still very much under construction.

September 6, 2012

4 September Beer Festivals to Enjoy this Fall

Fall is a great time for beer festivals. (Then again, when is it not a great time for beer festivals?)

The original 1811 Oktoberfest in Munich celebrated the marriage of Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Bavaria, but it also coincided with the harvest of the grain crop. What better way to ring in a new season of brewing by finishing off the previous spring's batch? While Munich's Oktoberfest has strict standards for the beers that can be served, these festivals below allow the modern beer-lover a wide variety styles to explore:

August 17, 2012

Nashville Gets a New Brewery

Today marks the grand opening of Fat Bottom Brewing, Nashville's newest craft brewery and the first to open on the East side of the Cumberland River.

Look for the Ginger American Wheat Ale, Ruby Red American Ale, and Black Betty India Black Ale at Fat Bottom's Grand Opening tonight starting at 4pm.

Serving "Bolder, Sexier Beer," the Fat Bottom Taproom is located at 900 Main Street in East Nashville. Regular taproom hours start August 21st:

Tuesday-Friday 4pm-10pm
Saturday 2pm-10pm

Get more info from Beer Makes Three and i speak nashville.

Congrats to Ben Bredesen and his team on their new venture!

If you live in Tennessee, be sure to swing by and check out Fat Bottom!

August 9, 2012

Nashville, TN: Flying Saucer Presents BeerFeast 2012

Tickets are on sale today for BeerFeast 2012, taking place September 22 at the Flying Saucer in Nashville.

Obsidian PR announces:
Flying Saucer will host its third annual beer festival, BeerFeast 2012, on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 1 to 6 p.m. in front of the Flying Saucer location in downtown Nashville at 111 Tenth Ave. South. BeerFeast 2012 will feature an unlimited beer tasting session highlighting more than 40 breweries and 60 beers carefully selected by Flying Saucer’s own resident beer guru, Keith Schlabs, and Nashville Flying Saucer general manager, Brandi Allen. 
 “This event allows us to showcase a large selection of rare and unique brews for Nashville craft brew lovers to enjoy,” Allen said. “With more than 60 different craft beers on hand for this event, we are more than doubling the amount of beers we have had at festivals in previous years, and it will be a great opportunity to sample and experience some really fantastic brews.”
Among the hard-to-find brews being served at this year's festival are Ommegang's Belgian Strong Ale Art of Darkness (98 points on RateBeer), Rogue's Dad's Little Helper Black IPA (90 points), and Left Hand's Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout. Plus, be on the lookout for a number of local Nashville beers.

Visit to take advantage of the early-bird discount or pick up your tickets at the Saucer.

For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, please call 615-259-3039 or visit

July 3, 2012

Nashville, TN: Jackalope Brewing Company

Think the beer business is just for boys?

Not quite.

The CEO of New Belgium? Kim Jordan. The founder of Stoudt's? Carol Stoudt. And now, Bailey Spaulding and Robyn Virball are co-founders of Nashville's Jackalope Brewing Company.

What, you've never seen a Jackalope? Lepus temperamentalus is a rare species of deer-rabbit, from the same family as the Treintaycinco three-headed goat. But enough taxonomy, I digress...

Jackalope Brewing Company is situated in downtown Nashville near the intersection of 8th and Division Street. It's just down the road from the Yazoo Taproom and All Seasons homebrew supply shop, and across the street from my favorite beer, wine, and liquor warehouse, Frugal MacDoogal.

We visited the Jackalope Taproom on a Saturday, where a small, but growing crowd of day drinkers was beginning to accumulate. The two DJs spinning tunes in the side room were a nice touch -- this is Music City, after all.

June 30, 2012

Nashville, TN: Craft Beer Bars and Brewpubs in Music City

Next stop after Asheville: Nashville!

Often times when you talk about Asheville people think you say "Nashville" and vice-versa. But where Asheville is Beer City USA, Nashville is undeniably Music City USA. It's an important distinction when comparing the two cities on the craft beer spectrum, but still, Nashville has plenty to offer the craft beer lover, and the options are quickly increasing. It just helps to know where to look.

When I lived in Nashville, Yazoo Brewing was about the only spot on the map. It's still the big contender in Music City, and I definitely recommend stopping by their taproom. Their Imperial Smoked Porter, a beer named Sue, is a must-try.

For this visit, however, I wanted to highlight a few spots around town that might carry Yazoo as well as some other local and regional beers.

May 6, 2012

Announced: World Beer Cup 2012 Winners

This just in:

Winners of the 2012 World Beer Cup, a.k.a. "the Olympics of Beer Competition," have just been announced by the Brewers Association.  Brewers around the world are surely celebrating with a Sunday brew!

Special shout outs to some of the breweries from my travels:
  • Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Richmond, VA
    • Category 6: Herb and Spice Beer
      • Bronze Medal: Hardywood Gingerbread Stout
  • Blue Mountain Brewery, Afton, VA
    • Category 17: American-Belgo-Style Ale
      • Silver Medal: Blue Reserve
  • Devils Backbone Brewing Co., Roseland, VA
    • Category 35: Vienna-Style Lager
      • Gold Medal: Vienna Lager
  • Boscos Brewing Co., Memphis, TN
    • Category 52: German-Style Pale Wheat Ale
      • Gold Medal: Boscos Hefeweizen
  • Revolution Brewing, Chicago, IL
    • Category 66: English-Style Summer Ale
      • Gold Medal: Cross of Gold
    • Category 94: American-Style Stout,
      • Gold Medal: Rise American Stout
  • The Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY
    • Category 79: British-Style Imperial Stout
      • Bronze Medal: Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

It's a big world of beer out there!  Check out the full list of winners here.

March 28, 2012

Win Tickets to the River City Brewer's Festival!

That's right folks, up for grabs I have TWO FREE TICKETS to the River City Brewer's Festival in Memphis, TN, this weekend.  It's a $60 value!

The small print:

To enter, all you need to do is submit a few sentences on why you deserve to win the tickets.  You can leave a comment on this blog post, on the Facebook post, or send an email to  I'll pick the most deserving candidate, then send them instructions on how to receive their tix.

In exchange for the free tickets, I'll simply ask the winner to submit some photos and a few comments about their experience to post on the Local Beer Blog.

Good luck!!!

March 7, 2012

Tickets on Sale for the River City Brewer's Festival

For those of you in the South, there's a great opportunity coming up to try over 100 different beers AND to support a good cause.  The 3rd Annual River City Brewers Festival will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis.

Tickets can be purchased from the festival website ($30 for one session or $55 for both).  Or, for anyone interested in volunteering, you can sign up here. I volunteered at the 2010 event and had a great time working the Dos Equis tent.

Here are the event details:

Date: Saturday March 31, 2012
Time: SESSION A: 12N – 4PM, SESSION B: 6PM – 10PM
Location: Handy Park, Beale Street, Memphis, TN

August 4, 2011

It's IPA Day - Starr Hill's Northern Lights

After a long first day at my new job, I'm happy to finally be able to indulge in this holiest of beer holidays. OK - I had no idea an IPA Day even existed until I saw it on Twitter the other day, but I'm not going to let that stop me.

To celebrate, I'm reviewing Northern Lights - an IPA from Starr Hill Brewery, which was founded in 1999 in Charlottesville, VA. Today, the brewery is located just down the road in Crozet, VA, which I just found out is not a town but a census-designated place. Odd.

Back to the beer.

Northern Lights pours a nice reddish-amber color, with a substantial head. The smell is hoppy for sure, mostly a sweeter citrus and floral character. The taste compliments the aroma very well. It's not overwhelmingly bitter. The floral and citrus notes give way to a slight malty sweetness that you might expect from an amber or red ale.

I think some hop-heads might want a little more bitterness, but in my book, Northern Lights gets very high marks.

Look for it in Virginia, Washington, DC, Maryland, Tennessee, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida.

July 21, 2011

Atlanta, GA: Sweetwater Brewery

Like Ray Charles I had Georgia on my mind, so I went down to Atlanta to visit my girl and check out the Sweetwater Brewery.  Many a Sunday afternoon in college were spent enjoying 2-4-1s at the Broadway Brewhouse in Nashville with a basket of chipotle chicken wings and a glass of Sweetwater 420 (this may sound familiar - my first beer review took place under similar circumstances).  I was pumped to see where the beer I remember so fondly was created.

May 22, 2011

Chattanooga, TN: The Terminal's IBA

The other day my girlfriend and I visited Chattanooga, TN a straight shot down Interstate 24 from Nashville.  We went there to meet with an entrepreneur and gain some insights on starting a business.  He very graciously took us out to lunch afterwards at a brewpub down the road called the Terminal.

Situated in a wedge-shaped building near the center of town, this place just felt good from the moment we walked in.  Despite being shaped like a triangle, the space was organized well, with a bar on the ground floor and additional seating on two floors above and on a terrace out back.  Going upstairs for a seat, we were able to look down onto the brewery's fermenting tanks in the basement.  A nice touch.

I sampled a couple different beers, but decided to get a glass of their IBA, or Indian Brown Ale, because this was a style I hadn't seen before.  IPAs, or India Pale Ales, are pretty common, well-liked among hopheads - people who enjoy beers with heavy hop flavor and smell, usually described as floral or citrusy.  At my first taste I was a bit surprised - this tasted just like an IPA.  What's the point of going brown instead of pale?  I went for a second try, then I noticed the difference.  The hops cleared out to allow for a bit of that malty brown ale flavor right at the end.The IBA turned out to be both interesting and flavorful, the perfect accompaniment for my 'Macho Man' spicy chicken sandwich.  I recommend a visit to the Terminal for anyone passing through Chattanooga.

May 18, 2011

Nashville, TN: Yazoo Dos Perros

I'm back in my old stomping grounds of Nashville, TN, on the way back to Virginia from New Orleans JazzFest.  The brew I've chosen for my first review is Dos Perros, a brown ale from Nashville's own Yazoo Brewing Company.  I've had several from the bottle over the past few days, but last night I opted to get it on draft at my favorite bar in town, Broadway Brewhouse, to chase down a basket of their delicious Chipotle Chicken Wings.

Dos Perros exemplifies many of my favorite things about a brown ale: malty, not too hoppy, medium-bodied.  It's a perfect compliment to some spicy BBQ wings.  But I was surprised to find it served with a lime at the Brewhouse.  I don't know whether it was there more for taste or to remind us of this beer's Mexican influence (it's brewed with a portion of flaked maize), but I prefer this beer sans lime.  The acidity of the limes take away from the character of the brown ale, hiding that tasty caramel/chocolate malt flavor.

With or without the lime, Dos Perros is very drinkable and not too heavy.  It's a good option for filling your growler and a great place to start sampling Yazoo's lineup of standard styles before moving on to some of their more adventurous varieties.

IBUs: 21
ABV: 3.5%