Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery

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Blackstone Restaurant & BreweryBlackstone Restaurant & Brewery
Blackstone Restaurant & BreweryBlackstone Restaurant & Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1918 West End Ave
Nashville, Tennessee, 37203-2309
United States

(615) 327-9969

// CLOSED //

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

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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 95
Photo of jmv0009
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Plain looking place as far as interior except for the brewing equipment, with a limited selection, but what they have is excellent.
Some of the best beer in Nashville for sure and what food they do have is also very good. I have had many Blackstone brews: Oatmeal stout, St. Charles Porter, Picnic, Nut Brown, and Chaser Pale.
Out of those, I would say that the Nut Brown is the best, with the St. Charles at the bottom (the only one I don't really care for). The service was amazing.
It's more like a restaurant than a brewpub. But definitely give the beers a try. They know what they're doing.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of bigkingken
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

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.

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Photo of sholland119
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3

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.


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Photo of Andrewcifer
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

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.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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."

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Photo of texashammer
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

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Photo of dcloeren
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 3

This place was suggested to me by several people while I was in Nashville and on Beer Advocate as well and I can't seem to figure out why. There was nothing about this place but average food and a below average selection.

The restaurant was dimly lit with hundreds of beer bottles on double decker shelves all the way around the restaurant. They also have an all glass wall where you can look into their brewery, which was pretty cool. Outside of that, there were a few tv's and a bar in the middle. Very casual.

The quality was alright. Nothing that would make me want to suggest this place to anyone with all of the other restaurants Nashville has to offer.

Service was good but not great. If you aren't a craft beer enthusiast the waitstaff will be helpful as they like to compare their beers to BMC and the like. "Our Kolsch is like Budweiser" for example...

The beer selection was the most disappointing part of the entire experience. Six beers to choose from and out of the 4 that I sampled I can honestly say that they were all average at best.

The food was good, but like I had mentioned before there was nothing about it that would make me want to suggest this place to anyone.

If you are visiting Nashville and you like average food and beer then this is your place. I would highly suggest that you look into all of the other excellent restaurants the city has to offer before wasting one of your nights here.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Very upscale but comfortable place. Dimly lit, spacious and clean. The quality of the food and beer was excellent. The service was quick, friendly, and informative. The beer was limited to what they brew. A total of six beers in the sampler flight. They brewed them very close to the style guidelines. Many of the beers were bland. I would have liked to see at least one experimental beer, but I know the place caters to an upscale clientel. The food was ok. The wife got the nachos for an appetizer and they were soggy, but the salsa had a nice kick. The salad I got was bland, but the wife got a salad we ended up trading that had an awesome bacon maple dressing. My friend had a file mignon that I wished I would have gotten. That looked delicious. The prices were a little up there. I don't mind paying a little extra for quality, which was there, but the food lacked in flavor in my opinion. Overall, a very nice atmosphere, service, but the food and beer was lacking a bit.

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Photo of ndolover
3.53/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Blacstone is like a worn dress shoe. You can tell that they do well with the business crowd, but they are nothing too fancy. Located near downtown, and near Vanderbuilt gives the clientle a professor and banker feel.

The beer selection if limited to what they brew. They have about 5 beers with 1 or 2 seasonals. All the beers are well executed and within style. The medals on the wall show that they are good at what they do! They always have one of their beers on a beer engine. So you can compare and contrast it vs the full draft version. I would have liked to see at least one "daring" beer.

The service and food were average for a brewpub.

Overall, this is one of 3 places to hit in Nashville...with Bosco's and the Flying Saucer being the others. If you like brewpubs and good beer do not fear Blackstone! =)

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Photo of mynie
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

The bar bears an uncanny resemblance to Fratello's in Oshgosh, Wisconsin. I realize that maybe that's a stupid observation to begin a review with, but, man, it was freaky. Is there, like, a catalogue from which you can buy prefab brewpubs, like a commercial version of tract housing?

So, anyhow, the insides were upscale looking. Gold track lighting, black and chrome interiors, and comfy bar stools because fancy people got fancy asses and they deserve better than plain old wood. The bar was faux marble, and the waitstaff wore black shirts. It was pretty in a very material and superficial way. Which isn't to say the people there weren't friendly--they were--it's just the atmosphere projected a little bit of stuffiness that's really not my thing. This is a great, welcoming bar for business people.

The beer selection was boilerplate: APA, IPA, porter, and a session for the ladies. The beers were a notch above average for a regularly esteemed brewpub: there was no nodes of offness, no homebrew tang, no mindless or excessive hopping.

Food was tasty pub fare. Staff knew a little bit about every beer on tap. Really, everything was pretty good but nothing was exceptional.

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Photo of FrankWBurnsIII
4/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

It has been years since I have been around Nashville, but when I was around I went to this place several times, generally in large groups and it was always a good time.

I can't recall any specific beers or food anymore, but they brewed really good stuff. I was never disappointed with any of the beer that I had. The food was good and the service was too.

It's possible that the parking situation was a little tight, but don't quote me on that because I was never the one driving. I just feel like I have memories of sitting in the parking lot waiting for something to open up.

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Photo of DCon
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Blackstone's was right across the street from the Hampton Inn the family stayed at on our way back from Siesta Key, FL (What are the chances a brewpub is across the street from our hotel?).

First couple minutes taking mental pictures of the place, it is very homely. There were people playing chess in one corner, a fireplace with art decorated randomly, and classic beer bottles circling the place. The normal beer exhibit was in the front as well.

Quality was fantastic! Enjoyed three of their ales and made sure to take note of every one of them. The lighting, tastes, and aroma of everything was everything it should have been.

Service was quick but like many times, the server wasn't all too sure of their beers and the attributes that surround them. This was okay because we were able to talk to the Manager about their Stouts and what makes them stand out from others.

Selection wasn't too high. They only had 6 beers to offer, although their food menu was vast with selection. They offered a Kolsch, Nut Brown Ale, APA, Porter, and two Stouts. I wouldn't have minded starting with a lighter beer but no worries! Should this be normal for a brew-pub to only have 5 on tap, 1 cask? Sure, but have to give it a 3.5 still.

The food made the place happen! We started off with their Hot Soft Pretzels for an appetizer and then moved quickly onto the Chicken Pizza. Both complemented the beers and vise versa. Couldn't have been a better night at a brewpub.

Prices for all ales were $4.50 for a pint, not bad. Altogether, food & beer, we left with a bill under $50 for 4 people. This is Very Reasonable!

Hope to go back and try new ales they have brewing sometime while passing through Tennessee!

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Kavon
4/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Pretty cool little brewpub, it seems like they need to get their name out a bit more though, considering all of the beer awards they have won at the GABF and WBC. Their brews seemed mostly true to style (hence the awards), and were no doubt very tasty. I ordered a sampler that came with six beers and a sheet of paper with information on each of the beers I was tasting, which was nice. Food was also very good, or what I had of it. I ordered a pizza and it was quite tasty especially with the beer to go along with it.

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Photo of gixxerman
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

There was some kind of Octoberfest deal going on, music the whole deal and the place was packed! I tried for about 15 minutes to get a spot in the bar area, then gave in to table in the dining area.

Parking lot was packed, I was lucky enough to get a spot because someone was leaving as I pulled in.

That aside I was impressed by their Brown Ale and Porter offerings and the steak and biscuits were a good reco.

The waitress was very good, I don't think she let me wait over 2 minutes for a freshy. I also think they may just pour pints and have them ready because she would return within a minute or 2 with a new one when I was ready.

would stop again by myself or with a crowd, decent food and good beer.

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Photo of sommersb
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been to Blackstone several times - tonight I went for their Oktoberfest week, when they are serving German dishes and their just-tapped Oktoberfest lager.

I really enjoyed a couple of glasses of the Märzen/Oktoberfest beer. In addition, they have 6 other beers brewed onsite. The brewing tanks are front and center when you walk in the restaurant and are a cool touch.

The food we had for the special Oktoberfest week was good - my wife and I shared a plate of sausages and a plate of wiener schnitzel.

Would definitely recommend.

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Photo of lespaulrocker
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

This is one of my favorite Nashville spots. It's rarely crowded, and the service is always exceptional. The food is phenomenal, I haven't had anything I didn't like but the steak and biscuits are the best thing on the menu. The beer selection is decent, pretty much what you'd expect from a microbrewery, about 6 different choices. I haven't sampled them all yet, but the one's I've had were good. Overall, I'd recommend this to anyone visiting Nashville and looking for a good beer and great food.

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Photo of thunver
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

They had about 6 of their beers on tap. While the style selection wasn't very imaginative (Pale Ale, Porter, Nut Brown, Pilsner, Kolsch, IPA), the beers were pretty good. The porter had a great charcoal flavor and a dry finish. The kolsch was the closest thing to a true kolsch I've ever had stateside.

The overall ambiance was nice. It has the feel of a date restaurant, although at 7 on a Friday night, I was surprised to see the number of families with children. The food was very good. My shepherd's pie was filling and tasty, and my wife's fish and chips were crispy and spot on. Dessert was equally satisfying, with the Raspberry Chocolate cake being a true winner, and a Key Lime Pie that was good, albeit a tad under-tart.

Overall, we were very pleased and will definitely be returning.

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Photo of Gouxman
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

We stopped by this place on our way home from vacation...

The atmosphere was nice. Their brew tanks at set up right in front so you can see where your beer comes from. They also have their medals from GABF and World Beer Cup displayed nicely by the entrance.

The food and service was really good. I had the the fish and chips which we prepared nice and crisp. There are also several vegetarian options for those of you out there.

I ordered a sampler of all the beer they had ($7.50 for six 5oz tasters). The beer was ok, nothing real memorable. The Porter and the Nut Brown were my two favorites from the bunch. The APA was ok, but had a strange hop finish. Their Pilsner, Summer Ale, and Kolsch were all fairly similar, but still drinkable.

The price for the whole meal and drinks was quite reasonable. I would definitely go back if I found myself in the area again.

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Photo of midworken
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I visited this place for a meal on our honeymoon. It was near our hotel and I insisted on stopping by for dinner. The food was exceptional, couldn't think of any place better to eat.

The atmosphere was great, beer bottles lined a shelf just below the ceiling and they allowed you to "tour" (more or less just looking) their brew house. I asked the waitress about the empty bottles as decoration, and she didn't seem to know much about them (how they got them and how many were up there... seemed like hundreds).

I unfortunately didn't ask much about their beers, but the waitress seemed very friendly and was willing to help in any way she could (she asked other employees about the bottles when I asked her).

If I ever visit Nashville again, I will make sure to stop by to eat and try some new brews that they may have.

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Photo of drperm
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

A great find on a recent trip to Nashville! My wife and I were simply looking for a good non-chain spot for lunch, and stumbled upon the Blackstone.

Atmosphere: I love looking at stainless steel fermenters while I eat. The brickwork around the bar area is also quite nice. A good restaurant ambiance.

Quality: We were mostly (see below) impressed all-around. Definitely would return for both food and beers.

Service: Our server was friendly, well-informed, and conscientious.

Selection: Great food options, and although the beer list is small, it covers all the necessary bases and there wasn't a weak brew in the lot. I appreciated the English-heavy stylistic leanings. The (English) IPA, APA, and Brown Ale were all excellent.

Food: Tough one to rate -- artichoke dip appetizer and fish & chips were both delicious winners. My wife got the BBQ chicken pizza which was *not.* The BBQ sauce was more like sweet & sour crab rangoon sauce. Not bad, but not at all what we expected.

Value: Maybe just slightly high on the food prices, but the pints are very reasonable AND there's a half-pint option.
Highly recommended.

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Photo of hawks10
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in to Blackstone with my girlfriend on our way through Nashville on our roadtrip to Florida. Arrived at about 6pm on a Saturday, place was pretty quiet...

Nice looking place with an emphasis placed on displaying their brewing equipment. Nice big bar area with a chalkboard letting you know what house beers they have on tap...I ordered the 6 beer sampler (6 - 5oz. pours for like $7 or something like that, great value) and ended up deciding on the Brewmaster's Special IPA...very tasty and I regret not taking a growler with me on our way to Florida...

Food was pretty good too, I had the steak & biscuits which was delicious, and Monika had the shepards pie, which was also pretty good...

Overall we enjoyed Blackstone, atmosphere was kind of dead when we were there, but it made for a very relaxed quiet dinner, one in which we enjoyed good food with borderline great beer...I would definitely stop in here again next time I am in Nashville.

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Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery in Nashville, TN
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