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Posts By- Liz Riggs

A Local’s Guide to Nashville’s Craft Beer Scene for CBC Attendees

April 27, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

Next week over 14,000 of the craft beer industry’s finest will descend upon the Music City, for a week of education, networking and, of course, a little drinking and sightseeing. To help you navigate the sights and sounds of Nashville, PorchDrinking’s resident Nashville expert, Liz Riggs, brings you a guide to breweries, restaurants, attractions and local haunts, along with some not-for-tourist spots to check out in-between those hospitality suite stops. Explore Nashville’s craft beer scene through the lens of a local.

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Singlecut Beersmiths – Billy 18-Watt IPA

February 6, 2014 | 1

IBU: 66 ABV: 5.0%

The last time I was in New York City, the only place I had much interest in going was MTV Studios in Times Square. That was approximately ten years ago, and let’s just say: this time, … Read More

Flat 12 Bierworks – Walkabout APA

January 22, 2014 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

ABV: 5.3%
IBU: 40

Pinewood Social isn’t really a place you go to drink beer. In fact, ordering beer there always feels like a little bit of a cop-out, like I don’t understand what the restaurant does, or at least what the restaurant does best: cocktails. But, guys, sometimes I just want a beer. And I want an APA or an IPA or some combination of a PA with an IPAEDLFSOIWEUR. You know, sometimes you just want a beer?

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Yazoo Brewing – Yazoo Pale Ale

January 10, 2014 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

ABV: 5.8%
IBU:55

Oh boy. You know that beer that you just always buy? The one that you see at the store as you promise yourself you’ll try something new, but then you still go back and buy the same trustworthy beer yet again?  Well, that is how I operate with the one and only Yazoo Pale Ale.

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Zipline Brewing: Jack’s Pale

January 1, 2014 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

5.2% ABV
30 IBU

If you ever happen to find yourself in Lincoln, Nebraska, make your way to Zipline Brewing. Better yet, make your way to Bread & Cup or Jack & June’s. Not only are these delicious restaurants in a city that isn’t particularly drowned in options, but these are the only two places in town with Zipline’s Jack’s Pale on draft. In fact, besides the brewery itself, these are the only two places you can even get the beer—it’s a Zipline/Bread & Cup/Jack & June’s exclusive. And it’s delicious. Read More

Let’s Talk About Justin Timberlake Winning 2013

November 28, 2013 |

The other day I was having a conversation with a friend about who “won” 2013. The obvious answer is almost always, without a doubt, *NSYNC, especially since they haven’t technically been a “BAND” since 2003. Although, as you may remember, … Read More

Deep Ellum Brewing – Deep Ellum IPA

November 21, 2013 |

ABV: 7.0% IBU: 70

I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Dallas, but if you ever find yourself in this fair city, make sure to grab yourself one of Deep Ellum’s beers. Last weekend, I was in Dallas for … Read More

Pop Culture Week In Review- 11/9-11/16

November 15, 2013 |

Let’s just call this week the week of Jennifer Lawrence, don’t you think? I mean, since she is the queen of the world and is totally all of our best friends, we should (and could!) devote this entire pop culture … Read More

Fat Bottom Brewing | Black Betty IPA

November 5, 2013 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

IBU: 56 | ABV: 4.4%

This time last year, the only beer I consumed for about two weeks straight was Fat Bottom‘s Black Betty IPA. It’s the first brewery to even exist in East Nashville (which literally just means that it’s the first brewery in Nashville that’s across the river from the heart of downtown), and for some reason that made this place a VERY big deal.

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Ultimate 6er | Fall Fun

October 23, 2013 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

As October gets into full swing and the morning temperatures continue to drop, an Ultimate Fall 6er designed specifically for this beautiful season only seems appropriate. Get your mittens and your pumpkins and your s’mores and lets do this. Read More

Highland Brewing Company — St. Terese’s Pale Ale

October 7, 2013 |

ABV:5.1% IBU: 24

Sometimes I forget that Highland Brewing is an Asheville brewery, mostly because there are so many breweries drowning the small mountain town in booze.

And then I find myself in Salter Path, North Carolina — a stretch … Read More

Why We Should All Be Watching Parenthood

October 3, 2013 | 3

It’s no secret to anyone that I’m a huge fan of Parenthood, the NBC underdog that has flown under just about everybody’s radar for the past four seasons.  And now, in a new primetime spot on NBC on Thursday nights, … Read More

Bluegrass Brewing Co. | American Pale Ale

September 19, 2013 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

ABV: 5.79% | IBU: 55.2

I’m sitting at a bar in suburban Louisville waiting for my sister to get out of a bible study. This is a true story. I’ve dropped her off in hopes of finding a place to write this post, but there didn’t appear to be many laptop-friendly bars around, and the bar I’ve landed in doesn’t have any local beers (uhhhh?). Read More

Pop Culture: Week In Review Sep 4 – Sep 11

September 13, 2013 | 1

Well, as always, it has been another hectic week on the cultural radar. It seems I’m always weighing in on pop culture when Miley Cyrus releases a new video, and this time it was just as wonderful as the video … Read More

Tennessee Brew Works: Welcome to Nashville

September 2, 2013 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

“Beer tastes better close to home,” says Garr Schwartz, head brewmaster at Tennessee Brew Works, one of Nashville’s newest almost-breweries.

The brewery, slated to open to the public in late September/early October, will be on Ewing (we’re all wishing it were Brewing) Avenue, tucked in the corner of the newly named SoBro (South of Broadway), down the street (ish) from Jack White’s Third Man Records. Schwartz co-owns the Brewery with Christian Spears, a bubbly, jovial beer lover originally from the East Coast. The two make a dynamic duo, Schwartz reigning in Spears’ overflowing enthusiasm with sound, spot-on brewing knowledge. Read More

Pop Culture Week In Review: 8/6-8/13

August 16, 2013 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

In a world where Justin Beiber’s nude guitar playing for his grandma is news, what else is there to really report on, guys? But really! Check this out! That oughta take the cake for pop culture this week.

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Nashville Predators: Inaugural Craft Beer Festival

August 13, 2013 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

This weekend, the Nashville Predators (they’re a hockey team, guys) hosted their inaugural craft beer festival inside downtown venue, Bridgestone Arena. The event featured breweries from all over the country, as well as local all-stars like Yazoo and Jackalope. There were also some newcomers (Czanns) and some who’d made it in all the way from Hawaii (Kona Brewing).

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Settling On National Television: The Bachelorette

August 8, 2013 |

Oh hey, guys. Did you know that The Bachelorette two part season finale aired last night and it was as actually epic as these shows can be? You didn’t? Well what a wonderful opportunity for me to fill you in.

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Jackalope Brewing

July 29, 2013 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

“Put out good beer; everybody likes you,” Bailey Spaulding, co-owner of Jackalope Brewing, told me as we pick at the pieces of some saran-wrapped cheese from The Bloomy Rind.

It’s a sentiment Spaulding and friend/co-owner, Robyn Virball, both felt once they opened their doors in Nashville back in 2010. And, it’s true; who’s going to hate on two smiling girls pouring you freshly brewed craft beer? Read More

Pop Culture Week In Review: 7/10-7/17

July 19, 2013 | 2 Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Sometimes I don’t even know where to begin. There are weeks when pop culture is all meh and stuff, and there are weeks when it’s like, ummm, how did all this happen within the course of seven days? Read More