Posts By- Liz Riggs
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?).
“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.
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).
“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?