Tennessee may be best known for its whiskey, but in recent years, the craft beer scene has been giving spirits a run for their money. From small microbreweries to lively beer gardens and taprooms that have become destinations all their own, Nashville has welcomed a wide variety of beer brands across town in recent years. Each one offers something unique, keeps the city’s vibrant pop-up scene strong, and, more importantly, reinforces that Nashville’s beer scene is certainly not one to sleep on.Read More
15 Breweries and Taprooms in Nashville for a Tasty Beer
The ultimate guide to Nashville’s breweries and taprooms
East Nashville Beer Works
East Nashville Beer Works is a neighborhood gem; it boasts a spacious beer garden where it can host pop-up yoga classes or classic movie screenings. This impressively sized patio is dog- and kid-friendly, too — so much so, in fact, that its jungle gym rivals most local parks (and is probably sanitized more consistently). Inside, the taproom hosts live music night and you can find a variety of great beers including seasonal flavors, creative IPAs, and stouts. If you get hungry, it has pizza, appetizers, and salads on its menu.
Living Waters Brewing
Living Waters is Nashville’s little engine that could. Along with its well-crafted beers, it also features an impressive coffee program. And while it may not be remotely close to being the largest brewery in East Nashville, that hasn’t hindered its ability to make great beer. Brewer-owners Ryan McCay and Thomas Becker create some wonderfully crafted beers that beer geeks across the country dream about getting their hands on. Their taproom is a warm, welcoming space with a small outdoor patio. They always strive to support local businesses, offering pastries and bites curated from local businesses daily while supplies last.
Southern Grist Brewing Company - East Nashville Taproom
Smack in the heart of East Nashville, Southern Grist is known for its ambitiously creative beer selection — one glance at its menu and you’ll realize that it doesn’t put any traditional beer constraints on its creations, adding personality through ingredients to every style of beer it produces. From exotic fruits to pickles and marshmallows, Southern Grist fearlessly brews with anything you can think of. If you’re on the move, Southern Grist sells to-go beers in cans and crowlers, but it also has a super comfy, family-friendly lounge and a pet-friendly porch if you’d rather sit and sip through its beer list. Southern Grist opened its second location in the Nations with more seating, a larger bar and patio, plus a fast-casual version of the original’s signature restaurant, Lauter.
Bearded Iris Brewing (Germantown)
Local cool kid brewery Bearded Iris is putting out some of the most sought-after, hop-forward beers in Nashville. Located in Germantown, its original taproom is also its production facility. Although Bearded Iris has successfully dipped its toes in other styles of beer — such as fruited kettle sours, lagers, and pastry stouts — it’s crushing the hop game by cranking out a steady flow of dry-hopped, imperial, and double IPAs. A second location can be found in the Sylvan Supply development in The Nations neighborhood, which houses a much smaller brew system for R&D. Although you can still get some of the popular offerings found at the Germantown location, you’ll also find different, small-batch experimental brews here.
Monday Night Preservation Co.
Monday Night Brewing opened Monday Night Preservation Co. in Germantown in 2021, bringing the Atlanta-based brews to an enormous tap room. Expect to find long picnic-style tables in the transformed Neuhoff development, which was formerly a meatpacking district in the early 1900s. The brewery breathes new life into the area, offering 24 craft beers on draft plus cocktails, wine, and a handful of snacks. Check out the weekly events calendar before your visit for trivia and bingo nights.
Barrique Brewing and Blending
Barrique is the most niche kid on the block. Specializing in wild ales fermented in oak barrels, brewer-owner Joel Stickrod started in 2018 with his first beer ready for release in 2019. Barrique moved into the space that was formerly home to Little Harpeth Brewing; its taproom is lined with barrels and wooden accents. Although it specializes in wild ales, Barrique also puts out ales and lagers for beer palates that prefer simpler brews. It hosts a rotating cast of pop-ups, so your food is guaranteed to be as satisfying as the beer.
Blackstone Brewing Co
Blackstone Brewing launched in 1994, making it one of Nashville’s first and oldest craft breweries. The West End taproom sits within the Blackstone Brewing production facility, which is the same facility that also brews for Nashville Brewing Company. This state-of-the-art brewery offers tours and has a converted bus that serves as a permanent food truck. The B Stone bus has a solid brewery bites menu that includes a selection of burgers, artichoke dip, and fish and chips.
Harding House Brewing Co.
Located in The Nations, Harding House Brewing Co. is a brewery and taproom with a major focus on its community and brewing beers with local and seasonal ingredients — a farm to pint concept, if you will. Its menu has recurring selections, as well as seasonal offerings and some experimental sprinkled in the mix. Harding House has a good blend of beer styles, but its saisons are not to be missed. The taproom is cozy for a weeknight pint, but the roll-up garage doors are ready for when it’s party time.
Fat Bottom Brewing Co.
Fat Bottom essentially swapped a small, 5000-square-foot facility in East Nashville for a state-of-the-art 33,000-square-foot home in the Nations. The new facility sits on an acre and a half plot of land which afforded Fat Bottom space to not only expand the production floor and taproom but also build a giant event space and The Hop Yard, its outdoor beer garden. The brewery also operates a full-service kitchen that’s open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.
Czann's Brewing Company
Formerly a SoBro staple, Czann’s up and moved its operation to The Nations where it’s taken over a space that once accommodated a church. Just a hop, skip, and jump away from a handful of other breweries, Czann’s is another addition to what seems to be becoming Nashville’s brewing district. Unlike his younger peers, founder Ken Rebman is not chasing the latest beer trend or looking to pump his beer full of fruit puree. Ken is focused on making solid, clean beer and marching to the beat of his own drum. The Czann’s taproom is a tall, open space with ample TVs, but if you want to take in the fresh Nashville air, its patio is also open for seating.
Yee-Haw Brewing Co.
Yee-Haw Brewing sits right in the heart of SoBro — equal parts adults playground, gift shop, and brewery. With roots in Johnson City, Tennessee, Yee-Haw plays it pretty safe with its beer selection, so don’t expect anything over-the-top to overwhelm your palate. Its magic, though, is in its vast options of year-round beers — there’s something for everyone. If beer’s not enough for you, it offers moonshine tastings, a large beer garden, and a giant TV screen for sporting events. If you get hungry, treat yourself to some refreshingly creative tacos from White Duck Taco Shop, which is located inside of the venue.
Tennessee Brew Works
What started as a hobby among friends has evolved into a brewery with a two-story taproom and a full-service kitchen that offers lunch and dinner. If you’re privy to watching brewers do their job, you’re in luck. The production floor is on full display behind large windows in the seating area. If you want to do more than ogle at the brewers, stop in on a Saturday and enjoy a guided tour to learn about their eco-friendly brewing methods. It also has live music throughout the week and one of the best burgers in the city.
Jackalope Brewing Company - The Ranch
Jackalope Brewing opened this space, affectionately known as the Ranch, as a production facility with a taproom in 2018. (Its original location, the Den, closed in early 2021.) Aside from offering consistently solid year-round beers, it supplements its lineup with tasty seasonal selections and fun, creative beers with its Shapeshifter Series. Throughout the week, various food trucks rotate in and out of the venue, and its staff is some of the friendliest and most knowledgeable around town.
Nashville’s first craft cidery, Diskin Cider, opened in Wedgewood-Houston back in 2018 thanks to Pacific Northwest transplant Adam Diskin and his pal, Todd Evans. After studying under an English cider master, the pair opened a warehouse-style cidery that boasts plenty of seating both inside and out, along with a menu of craft brews made with fresh-pressed apples. If you’re wary of ciders, fear not, a team of experts stands ready to help you find your new favorite. The cidery hosts regular events like drag brunch, trivia, and comedy shows, plus pregame parties (and transportation) for Nashville SC games.
Sitting on eight lush acres about 15 minutes from downtown Nashville is one of three Tailgate Brewing locations. The West Nashville location is its headquarters and where its massive 50-barrel production facility is situated along with their smaller eight-barrel pilot system. Inside, it has a craft pizza kitchen and an ice cream shop operated by Sweet & Three. Outside, you’ll find another bar and rows of picnic tables where you can sit and experience one of the loveliest sunsets views a brewery could offer.
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