10 Must-Visit Breweries In Nashville

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After walking up and down Broadway, getting your fill of live music and jumping into a line dance or two, it’s safe to say that Nashville can leave you feeling a little thirsty.

Over the last two decades, Nashville’s craft-beer scene has grown to encompass breweries of all sizes and specialties. In the mood for a 1500s-inspired ale? It’s in Nashville. How about a Southern-inspired brew? Nashville has that, too. The next time you find yourself in Music City, don’t miss these 10 breweries that define the area’s craft beer scene.

Little Harpeth Brewing
Little Harpeth Brewing prides itself on crafting authentic German lagers in Nashville’s East Bank. Check out this industrial spot for bar games and live music, with a side of great craft beer. First-timer to Little Harpeth? Grab the Chicken Scratch American Pilsner, which is available year-round and offers a sweet and sessionable taste.

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Jackalope Brewing Company
If you’re looking for an offbeat brewery experience, Jackalope Brewing Company in Pie Town is calling your name. Stop by to sample a flight of the brewery’s impressive seasonal beer list, including favorites like the Snowman Mocha Stout, Casper the Gose, Seven Cities German Pilsner and more. And keep your eyes peeled—you’re sure to have a jackalope sighting (or two!) while enjoying a brew.

The Black Abbey Brewing Company
You’ll find The Black Abbey Brewing Company off the beaten path in South Nashville, where the brewery crafts classic ales that pay homage to the 1500s. Stop by and grab a bite to eat from the rotation of food trucks that frequent the brewery, or order a flight of Black Abbey’s most-popular brews. Take a sip of The Rose, Black Abbey’s best-selling Belgian-style blonde ale.

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Fat Bottom Brewing Co.
Established in 2012 in East Nashville, Fat Bottom Brewing Co. has quickly risen to the top of Nashville’s craft-beer scene. Fat Bottom offers an array of canned and draught beers that are sure to please every palette, from the Ruby American Red Ale to the Ida Golden Ale. Love sour beers? Check out Fat Bottom’s line of sour and barrel-aged beers, The Tempest, that deliver an exquisite taste with every sip.

Bearded Iris Brewing Co.
Head over to Germantown and pop into Bearded Iris Brewing Co., a cozy space that churns out craft beers just as unique as this brewery’s name. Bearded Iris prides itself on crafting beer that unites art with science, so expect innovative brews with extra character. One of our favorites? The Homestyle IPA, brewed with oats and hopped with Mosaic hops.

Yazoo Brewing Company
Yazoo is a Nashville brewery scene staple, which launched over a decade ago, in 2003. This Gulch neighborhood establishment slings craft brews in addition to delicious small plates in its taproom, so plan to make a day of it and stay and sip for a while. Grab the Pale Ale, which bursts with bright citrus and herbal flavors.

Southern Grist Brewing Co.
Founded on the desire to innovate in the craft-beer scene, Southern Grist Brewing Co. is the brainchild of three Nashville transplants who share a love for craft beer. Expect to see a sprinkle of Southern charm throughout this down-home brewery’s taproom, with Southern-inspired beer on draft, too—the Peach Cobbler put a unique spin on a sour, made with fresh Southern peaches, cinnamon and vanilla.

New Heights Brewing
New Heights Brewing puts an industrial spin on craft beer, and its Downtown Nashville taproom serves up experimental brews in a sleek setting. Reach for the New Heights IPA during your visit and revel in this brew’s hop-forward approach. Feeling hungry? Chow down on one of New Heights’ four—yes, four!— varieties of Dan’s Gourmet Mac and Cheese.

Smith & Lentz Brewing
Small-batch beer-lovers unite! Smith & Lentz Brewing is taking East Nashville by storm with its dynamic selection of unique craft beer, which regularly rotates based on seasonal offerings. From witbiers and brown ales to stouts and pale ales, Smith & Lentz has it all. Don’t miss the Heavy Wizard, a full-flavored hefeweizen that unites flavor with classic tasting profiles.

Blackstone Brewing Company
One of the most long-standing craft breweries in Nashville is Blackstone Brewing Company, which opened its doors to thirsty Nashvillians in 1994. Stop by Blackstone’s taproom, which is open seven days a week with 16 beers on draught. Want to sip on an award-winning brew? You’ve come to the right place. Reach for the Chaser Pale or the Nut Brown Ale, both of which medaled at the Great American Beer Festival.

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