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Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery

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Blackstone Restaurant & BreweryBlackstone Restaurant & Brewery
BA SCORE
88
very good

68 Ratings
Ratings: 68
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Active Beers: 23
Beer Ratings: 725
Beer Avg: 3.58
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1918 West End Ave
Nashville, Tennessee, 37203-2309
United States
phone: (615) 327-9969

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @blackstonebrew

Notes:
Cask offering every Friday at 12 South Taproom. No cask offerings at the brewpub.

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Reviews by JoEBoBpr:
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4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

This place has a large bar and dining are with large spacious rooms for both activities. It was nice and cozy inside though. Cool beer inspired decorations include 100s of beer bottle lineing some of the walls. There was also some music inspired artwork that was very nice.

I tried their st. Charles porter and I loved it so much I got a grolwer of it too go. They had 6 taps available with the porter, a pale ale, a kolsch, a brown ale an irish stout and a marris otter pale ale. I only tried the one because I had a long drive ahead after that. The beer was excellent though.

Service was equally great and attentive and they even let me walk through the brewery which was small but very interesting and I could smell something fermenting. Overall this place is an awesome addition to a town with a good nightlife.

Oh I almost forgot. I enjoyed the food as well. I had the chicken entree with the black beans and rice pilaf.

JoEBoBpr, Feb 21, 2011
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3.92/5  rDev +0.3%

rjm0715, Aug 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

tngolfer, Aug 11, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev +2%

I went once on a Sunday night and was happy with it. It feels just like a restaurant, don't get the pub feel. The selection is pretty good, and I found some of their beers above average. It is in a great location, with Broadway Brewhouse just blocks away. I would recommend if you want good food and a decent beer selection.

MOVERTON1284, Aug 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

psmith161, Aug 01, 2014
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vanbeer77, Jul 31, 2014
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NCleland19, Jul 26, 2014
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3.05/5  rDev -22%

Day two of my recent trip to Nashville saw us in a bind for what to eat for lunch. Why not try a fourth brewpub?

Blackstone Restaurant and Brewery is one of the few brewpubs in town that also has a kitchen popping out meals. I’ve heard of Blackstones before in other parts of the country, so I’m not sure if it’s a large chain or not. Given the level of décor, brewing expertise and food tastes, however, I would be willing to bet that it is.

I’d call Blackstone the Applebee’s of brewpubs, and that’s not a big compliment. The beer is safe. They have the requisite beers that have different colors and slightly different flavors. But there’s nothing there would scare even the hardiest Bud drinker away. The beers are like different shades of gray – pale comparisons to what their titular namesakes are capable of tasting like.

The food is basically the same. While my wife had a pretty decent steak and blue cheese salad – a monstrous one at that – I had an entirely forgettable buffalo burger. Nothing seemed fresh on the entire sandwich, and there wasn’t much flavor to speak of. And the meat to bread ratio was way off because of the giant bun. The side of sweet potato waffle fries was pretty decent, but again probably something that came in frozen from a Food Systems of America or Sysco truck.

I always think the main judgment of a dish is whether or not you’d order it again. Sometimes there’s a dish where it’s all you crave. Others it’s quite good, but you’d rather explore the menu more. And then there’s the category of never wanting to order it again.

I was on that last category for this burger, and it’d scare me off from the rest of the food too.

bigkingken, Jul 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

creepinjeeper, Nov 01, 2013
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3.33/5  rDev -14.8%

They don't have much on the website, so I don't know much about the place, but I believe that homebrew author Dave Miller is involved somehow. Located in an old brick building, it is fairly unassuming from the outside. As we pulled up a whole busload of Japanese tourists was decamping. Upon entering from the bright southern sun outdoors, it is shockingly dark and almost cave-like. Brewing equipment lies to the left of the entrance, roped off. A bar is straight ahead, with restaurant seating scattered in a few different areas from there. This is a surprisingly large space, and even has what looks like an old library or den area past the bar. There is a large bottle collection up high along the walls of much of the brewpub space, but located almost too high to really see details of.

The beers ranged from a less-than-stellar Octoberfest to a pretty well balanced IPA and a smooth porter. We managed to share the crispy and fresh-made soft pretzels so soak up some of the beer. Overall the place reminded me of one of those late 80's or early 90's brewpubs that mostly went out of business back in the day.

Jackofallbrews, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of Reagan1984
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%

Had dinner and a couple beers here. In the end, the food was better than the beer. APA tasted downright soapy and the others were fine. Not bad, and also not very special.

Typical Microbrew location that seemed to be more corporate in nature. To me, if you are in the area and are not into eating local food... go here. Do not go out of your way to visit this location.

Just didn't see a lot of unique character... Could have been a Bennigan's, Chili's or Ruby Tuesday's.

When I set out to write this, my intention wasn't to pan the place. Upon re-reading this, looks like I might have. But this is what I was thinking when I ponder my visit.

Reagan1984, Oct 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

kylehay2004, Oct 11, 2013
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3.36/5  rDev -14.1%

We had picked up a six pack of Adam Bomb at Craft Brewed early in the week and really enjoyed it. Thought we'd stop in and see what else the place had to offer. Uh, sadly the answer was not much.

The place has the feel of a clubby old steakhouse or Italian joint, rather dark and poorly lit. A u-shaped bar on the left of the entry holds about 15 patrons with a dining room on the right. The place has some potential with a makeover with the open space and high ceilings but for now, kind of meh.

Beer selection was rather disappointing too. Four house beers, two specials, a decent rich brown ale and a hoppy pale. Nothing really stood out.

Service was the highlight. The bartender was very nice, gave us the benefit of the American Craft Beer Week special pricing without us knowing about it.

Could be a worthwhile stop but, sadly, isn't.

HV

sholland119, May 24, 2013
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4.55/5  rDev +16.4%

I travel a lot for my job and use Beer Advocate more than any other site in planning my stops for the night. I even check there before finding a hotel for the evening to ensure a tasty beverage or two. I value user input and the site is an incredible resource and a tremendous time saver.

My travels recently took me to Nashville. The several miles leading up to my arrival was spent on BA comparing two breweries that seemed to be within about a mile of each other (Blackstone's and Bosco's). User reviews were about neck and neck but there seemed to be a bit more negatives said about the latter. I opted for Blackstone's and am very happy with my choice (though to be fair I will be willing to try Bosco's if I ever make it through again). I started with the sampler, consisting of an APA, a black IPA, a red, a brown, a pale ale, and their award winning porter. All were quite tasty to delicious. Though the Chaser pale ale wasn't a favorite out of personal taste, it was not an inferior product. Mark the bartender was very knowledgeable and quite helpful. And his recommemdation without hesitation for the chipotle pork tenderloin with blue cheese grits (no cream of wheat consistency here) and al dente asparagus was inspired and enjoyed from beginning to end. I finished off with a full size porter and a T-shirt to remember them by. Say no to the naysayers and check this place out.

Andrewcifer, Oct 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

We visited the restaurant after a "beer school" brewery tour and enjoyed a sample flight and some appetizers. Nice interior, spacious and comfortable, but more restaurant-like than brewpub, notwithstanding the brewing equipment in sight. A nice selection of reasonably priced pub grub and more substantial fare. Service was fast and attentive. Best moment was when our server arrived with a tray of beer samples and began sorting them on the flight placemat. I commented that it must be hard to keep them organized. His response: "I am an amazing person, sir."

Brent, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of texashammer
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%

We enjoyed Blackstone very much. Husband and I were in Nashville for some live music but needed some quality beer too so we spent a lazy afternoon here in between shows.

Our bartender Chris was very friendly and chatty, which is how I like my bartenders. He was happy to talk sports (professional as well as recreational, as in our own), Nashville and cities in general, and beer. We sat at the bar but I also admired the little library nook, with books on shelves, a fire, and lower ceiling. Very cozy.

We got some Tuscan artichoke soup, shepherd's pie, and a yellowfin tuna sandwich, and found them all well above average for pub fare (aside from the fries which are obviously frozen, but whatever).

More importantly, the beer - again I didn't take enough notes to feel ready to review each beer but I'll share my beer notes here.

We didn't try the Chaser Pale (kolsh) or the Nut Brown.
The APA (American pale ale) was good: dry mouthfeel, light citrus/pine hops, drinkable.
St. Charles porter: highly decorated at GABF, they tell us, but I found it the least memorable of the 4 we drank. neutral, but plenty drinkable. I like the notes on the beer menu about the history of the style.
Tripel: using Westmalle yeast. quite good! 9.5% abv we're told (not on menu) and quite drinkable for that abv. nice hops.
Irish stout: nice roasty flavor, fairly light body but again very drinkable.
ranked: Tripel, APA, stout, then porter, but even the porter was good.

The theme here was drinkable, pleasant beer that I wouldn't drive across the state for, but when combined with good food and great service, it made for a lovely afternoon.

texashammer, Feb 13, 2012
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Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery in Nashville, TN
88 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.