Yazoo Brewing Company

Yazoo Brewing CompanyYazoo Brewing Company
Yazoo Brewing CompanyYazoo Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

900 River Bluff Dr
Madison, Tennessee, 37115
United States

(615) 891-4649 | map

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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Tap room with cafeteria to lunch cafe style seating inside to go with patio seating outside.

There’s a mix of ok beers and some real winners amongst the pale ales and sours that were most of the selection. There were enough other styles from lagers to smoked beers to keep things interesting.

Jun 04, 2018
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flagmantho from Washington

3.99/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I visited Yazoo while in Nashville a couple of weeks ago; it's in a convenient cluster of breweries just south of downtown. It's got a cool, welcoming taproom, and despite being packed the service was friendly and efficient. There were about 15 beers on tap, including some funky/sour options. I got the default taster tray of their 6 flagship beers; all pretty standard stuff, nothing wild & wacky. Quality was perfectly decent, if not especially memorable. I'd like to go back sometime and try some of those funkier options.

May 18, 2018
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Onenote81 from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

A must-stop when I was in town this last weekend. Cool place with plenty of room. Great selection on draft, with plenty more bombers and sixers in coolers to take home. Little shop area for some Yazoo swag. Outdoor area was pretty tight, and packed with people, but nice option. Another win for this city that is really making strides as far as beer selection and beer stops.

Oct 25, 2016
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RockRuler from Mississippi

4/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I was there on a Thursday around 4:30. The place was not crowded at all but started filling up around 5:30. The tour was sold out when I arrived so I wasn't able to take it. The girls behind the bar were courteous and helpful. The brews were solid as I like most of their offerings. The place has a good vibe where you can go and relax. You can buy packaged beer for consumption off site if you wish in bottles or growlers/crowlers. A good amount of souvenir glasses, shirts, hoodies etc. for purchase. Hope to get there again when I'm in Nashville.

Feb 19, 2016
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Beerenner79 from Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Not much on food selection but the beer delivers. Heffe and the Sue are excellent. The tour was very good and worth talking. Included samples and a take home sampling glass.

Nov 22, 2015
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NickyPogs from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Pretty cool place to visit. I really liked the outdoor patio section, though I wish it were a bit bigger. There was lots of space inside, very long bar area for seating, and I like how it was easy to visually see what was on tap. Wish I had opted to take the tour as I overheard lots of good comments about it but didn't have time.

Whenever I'm down in Nashville again, would definitely stop back in for a beer.

Nov 02, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

i wish i had more time here, sort of had to blow in and blow out due to needing to be somewhere, but the beer i drank was sensational, really super good, the brett fermented barrel aged saison with sangiovese grapes in it. seriously epic beer, one of my favorites from tennessee ever if i think about it. the spot is cool, centrally located and quite large, with the brew house separated from the tap room and maybe 15 beers on, quite the list. they had several of the embrace the funk series beers, which i think is where these guys do their best work, but they also had a really awesome red ipa, and a bunch of others i ran out of time to try. open feel, its pretty nondescript on the inside, some neat art, but the service was awesome, i love the southern welcome and hospitality, i felt at home right away and was reluctant to leave after just one beer. this is a sweet spot, making some of the best beers in the state, and a place that is definitely on the itinerary next time i roll into town and have some real time.

May 19, 2015
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MOVERTON1284 from Alabama

3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I went on a Wednesday night and it was packed. Very cool building and the space was nicely done. The service was slow, lots of standing in line. They do growler fills at the taproom as well, but no food. I would recommend, good place for happy hour if you are in town.

Aug 06, 2014
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West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

My favorite spot in Nashville. At the time of my first visit, it was pretty much the only spot, While the Nashville brewery scene gets bigger all the time, this is still the spot. Their Hefe is one of my favorite beers in the world. They also do some cool stuff with their Embrace the Funk series. The staff is friendly and they let you bring in food, The BBQ place around the block is always a solid choice. Parking can be a real issue. That's my biggest knock.

Jul 15, 2014
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bigkingken from North Carolina

3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

My recent two-day flurry of five brewpubs in Music City USA started off with a trip to the most widely known of the options present to me, Yazoo Brewing Company. I’d heard about it from our friends getting married in Nashville that weekend and had also read about it in Beer Advocate magazine, so it was a natural first choice. If it were good enough, I might not even make it to the other two brewpubs less than a half-mile away.

I made it to both of the others that night.

That’s not to say that Yazoo isn’t good, because it is. They easily have the most options available and the most interesting styles to try. They spiced up their porter with a bit of rye and also offered a white IPA that was pretty tasty. The Hop Project IPA constantly rotates the single hop variety used, which is a great way to please the crowd with an IPA while simultaneously keeping the menu fresh. Their maibock was pretty tasty too.

But that’s where the compliments end and the mediocrity begins. I’ve just been to too many other excellent places to be too impressed by a standard list of pale, alt, hefe, stout, blonde and amber. They were all clean and crips and refreshing—just not terribly exciting is all.

It’s hard to fault the brewers for this, however, as Tennessee has some of the most backwards beer laws in the country. Not only are their taxes on beer makers the highest in the land, they also tax any beer made over 6.2% ABV as liquor, which must be the reason I didn’t find anything over that the entire trip.

What they lack in strength and creativity, the mostly make up for in quality and location. The concrete-style building is large, clean and cozy. The bartenders are pleasant and happy to offer tastes. They don’t grumble when you ask for a sampler platter. They seem to know their shit.

So is Yazoo Brewing Company the best brewery in Nashville? It’s a close call, but on beer alone, I’d have to say yes.

Jul 10, 2014
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98green from Michigan

4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Did the brewery tour on a Saturday evening. The place is a bit out of the way in an industrial area on the University side of town, but was within walking distance of where I was staying. Which was good because parking is a bit limited. The tour was good, and they gave 4 4 oz pours along the way, and you kept the mini-tulip glass a souvenier

Jun 15, 2014
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Rolled into town after 11hrs of driving and headed straight to Yazoo for some beers. Not sure why they are open later on weekdays than weekends, not very convenient. Walking in it was much bigger than I was expecting it to be. People all over the large seating area in the middle and milling around the swag shop off to the side. Service was quite good, he told me a bit about the beers I chose and was very nice. Selection and quality were both solid. A nice verity of beers on including a funky sour which was quite nice. Also tried the amber on cask dry hopped with saaz which was quite interesting. Prices were reasonable so no problems there. They had a food truck outside but we were heading to dinner afterwards so I didn't partake. Overall a really nice brewpub that I would love to visit again.

Feb 02, 2014
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Scrip from Tennessee

3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I love Yazoo. The tour is awesome and so are the people who work there. I like that there are no TV's or music. Nice place to chill with friends and drink good beer. If you're looking for a a place to watch the big game, this is not the place for you. More seating would be nice.

Oct 27, 2013
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Jackofallbrews from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The place is in a bit of a shady neighborhood, so I'm not sure I'd head out there after dark... The brewery was started in 2003 by Linus Hall (who was there to greet us upon our arrival) and was actually celebrating their 10th anniversary on the day we visited! They were gearing up for a fairly large event that afternoon, but not much was going on when we arrived. We got our hands stamped and grabbed a table in the small tasting room. Unfortunately, due to upcoming festivities they were not doing samplers so I only got to try a few of the beers that we passed around. My Sly Fox Porter and wife's Stout were very good and perfectly balanced. I had tried the Yazoo Pale Ale the night before and it was also very good. The place had a nice comfortable feel to it and friendly southern volunteers working the various stations.

Oct 23, 2013
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TheBeerAlmanac from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.25

Yazoo is easy to find and it's just a block up from Jackalope so be sure to visit both while you're here. Parking is a little constrained and their hours are limited (perhaps a byproduct of TN law?) though if it's a little later in the day, there's a Habitat for Humanity store next door that most people will park at.

The tap room has a good amount of space and is wide open. A patio seating area is also available if it's nice out. They only have a handful of taps and it's pretty much all Yazoo, although they did have a tap for Hap & Harry's who they contract for. There's a small corner dedicated to breweriana along with glassware and shirts.

The best part is probably the tour. It's only $7, you get three beer sample pours, and if you fancy yourself a purveyor of fine glassware, as I do, then they give you an awesome branded mini snifter as well. Along with learning the history of the brewery and some of the intricacies of their beer, more beer and souvenirs are always nice.

It might not be as impressive as a lot of other craft breweries out there, but it's likely the best brewery in Nashville (The Black Abbey opens up next month, keep an eye out) and it's definitely a good time. If anything, just throw down $7 for the beer and glass and it's more than worth your time.

Sep 23, 2013
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Dreizhen from District of Columbia

4.84/5  rDev +18.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Full Disclosure: Yazoo is my first true love in beer. At one point, I legitimately wasn't a fan at all. Then I did a little European travel with my best friend and he convinced me to try various odds and ends in London and Brussels, making me realize there was more in the world than Yeungling. The transformation was complete when we got home and I tried a Yazoo Dos Peros and realized there was great beer in America, too.

That being said, this place is amazing. Go, take the tour, eat and drink at the bar, and go again. The tour guides are very friendly and usually a little tipsy which means a more fun tour and more beer for everyone (they pour it in stages of the tour from growlers in a much less regimented way than I've seen at say Terrapin or Cantillon). You can tell everyone really loves what they do and the product they produce. The brewery has an adorable story, too, so be sure to ask if they don't bring it up.

Sad side note, they can't serve their "Sue" there because of TN's draconian liquor laws. I'm out of the state now, so I don't follow it as closely as I used to but I believe legislation is in the works to change that.

It can get a bit crowded, so go early or be patient. Fun area of town with some nicer restaurants and shopping.

Pro Tip: Great date night consists of this and a walk over to Urban Flats for dinner afterwards.

All in all, great place to visit and try some great local beer.

Jun 09, 2013
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada

3.99/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

This is a must visit beer destination if you are in Nashville. Took the tour and enjoyed some pints before and after in the tap room. The tour was a lot of fun, the service was friendly and knowledgeable and the beer was very good. Tap room was absolutely rammed (likely because it was a Saturday) but the atmosphere was great and it is a place I would definitely return to.

Had the cheese plate as well, which was excellent and also was good value.

Apr 29, 2013
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Volsdawg10 from Mississippi

4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Really cool area in Nashville. Believe the area/neighborhood is called the Gulch. Several bars and the Jackalope Brewery is just down the street. Took the tour and enjoyed it. Believe it was $7 but you got to keep the pint glass. You got to try the Hefeweizen, the Pale Ale and the Dos Perros during the tour.

Really enjoyed their Dos Perros beer.

Mar 30, 2013
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craft_shannie from Indiana

3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

even though we got there an hour before the 5p tour, we only got to enjoy a pint given the long line for beer. one of the bottling ops guys led our tour, or that was his story. nice guy & i appauld his effort. tried the dos perros, pale, and hefe on the tour in a yazoo sniffer (i was bummed as our friend got a pint glass during her tour). beers are OK. dos perros is by far their best. parking is a complete PITA. interior space is tight at 4p on a saturday afternoon & the hours are limited.

Feb 25, 2013
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MikeFromMarsPA from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped in this past Thursday afternoon just after their tasting room opened on a beer tour of Nashville that started at Bosco's then finished at Blackstone and Big River. This place was far and away the best of the four. The other three places had that chain pub vibe, basically restaurants that made beers of varying quality to go with the food. This place is a brewery, proper. These people get it.

This is not a pub or a restaurant, although they serve a few basic snacks (chips with locally made organic salsa- yum!) and they had a local food truck parked outside with some interesting options we didn't try. Don't go for dinner, but for what they were trying to do, provide some basic munchies while you enjoy the beer and socialize, it was above average.

Atmosphere and service were superb. A well-sized, well-laid out and well-decorated tasting room that let groups of various sizes function. Now about that: when we got there, right inside the door a table had been set up with name tags and brochures. I thought it might be a private function at first but it wasn't. About two thirds of the crowd were these super clean-cut and plastic-friendly people with these name tags, and talking in twos and threes. I thought it was either one of those speed dating things or maybe a Young Republicans happy hour, but it turned out to be something more like a cross between Scientology and a pyramid scheme. After my husband and I had been there for 20 minutes or so, having a good time but wondering what the hell was going on, some dude in this group up front by the bar raised his voice to gather the crowd's attention and introduced "the man who made this all possible", a guy who looked like a television psychologist or something, who began to speak about something about "social engineering". Anyways, the 2/3 of the crowd that were a part of this group were all in rapt attention. That's when I noticed that the bluegrass music that had been on in the background immediately got several notches louder. Across the room I saw the guy who introduced the other guy walk over and talk to the manager, who shook his head. Finally the guy talking gave up and moved the crowd to the far corner of the room where he talked to them all in a football huddle for 20 minutes.

As our helpful, knowledgeable server came by for another round, I thanked him for sticking up for the people who were there for the beer, not the marketing cult or whatever the hell it was. He said he had no idea who they were and they didn't arrange this in advance, they just showed up, set up a table and started talking. As we were paying our tab, I sought out the manager and thanked him with a handshake. The taproom is only open Thursday-Saturday, and he said he would have been more than happy to open another day for a private party if they called in advance but since they just showed up, his priority was his regulars and his beer people and he wasn't turning down his music. Like I said... they get it. This earned them their 5's in atmosphere and service.

The beer itself is definitely the best in Nashville, probably the state, possibly even the mid-to-lower South. All good and true to style, if not better than style. I'm normally a big beer guy, so the surprising gem to me was the Dos Perros, which here is listed incorrectly as a mild American Brown. It is an Alt beer and comes in in the mid 5.0% range, and was without question the best Alt I have had in years. How many places even bother with an alt, come to think of it, let alone take the time to make a great one?

This place came towards the tail end of a 6-day tour of the south that my husband and I took where we visited 27 different breweries. Yazoo ranks amongst the best of the bunch, and should not be missed if you're anywhere near Nashville on an afternoon when they're open.

Jul 02, 2012
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Lukafer from Michigan

3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

My fiancé and I went to Nashville and decided to book a tour spot at Yazoo for a 6:30 on a Saturday. The tour guide was very outgoing and friendly, but lacked a little in brewery terminology, but that's fine as this tour is more about drinking and hanging out than it is about brewing. We each paid $7, got a nice pint glass we got to keep and got "samples" of a few beers. I say "samples" because the first pour I got was 3/4 a full pint, drank half of it and then got topped off and that's how it went. I think I got about 3 1/2-4 full beers and actually had to turn some down!

The taproom itself was extremely crowded, loud and long lines for beer. Parking was tough to find as well. Their beer is reasonably priced though, I think $4 a pint and it's pretty good beer. Definitely woth checking out if you're in town.

Apr 30, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Yazoo is a great "long time" establishment in Nashville. I've lived here for 4 years and this was one of the first places I visited after moving, back when it was in Marathon Village, where Corsair Artisan Distillery is now. On any given day that Yazoo is open, expect long lines at the bar and to stand due to so many people in the tap room and on the patio. Their brewery tour is great for those wanting to dive deeper into the history and process of Yazoo. Beers are decent, but their involvement within the community is outstanding, offering excess yeast and spent grains to local bakers and farmers, as well as sponsoring events and a variety of teams.

Mar 05, 2012
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akinsja from Tennessee

3.58/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Friendly people working the counter, and a good (not great) selection of brews. I will say that this place is nothing like the old tap room. The old location was a funky store with a coffee shop atmosphere that served beer. The new place is a blank high school cafeteria-esque space (saving grace -- it, too, serves beer).

Still, the beer is pretty good, and the people are friendly. And I feel like a sampler flight was very reasonably priced. I recommend a stop in if you're in the area and have some time to kill, or if you've never had anything from yazoo and want an opportunity for a quick sampler. It's definitely not a must-see, though, especially if you're familiar with the brews.

Nov 28, 2011
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JayS2629 from Alabama

4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Great atomosphere and friendly service. The parking lot was a bit crowded but we found a spot at the back next to the dumpster where rats fled a wagon of spent grain. Not a great first impression, but inside it was very spacious. Also a nice outdoor patio. Packed full of people. We missed the tour, but we got a flight and the beer was top notch quality craft brews. Nothing that blew my socks off, but the service was informative and friendly. I think the nitro stout was my favorite. Very inexpensive as each sample was about a buck. However, when I went up after buying a flight and asked for sample glasses of other beers that wasn't on the flight they didn't charge me anything. Very friendly and comfortable atmosphere.

Jun 13, 2011
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sommersb from Tennessee

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I've been to the Yazoo brewery and taproom maybe a half a dozen times now and have always had a good experience, either when having a pint or two after work or popping in for a growler fill.

The place is pretty spacious, but usually crowded. It'd be nice if there were more parking available, but I think that's par for the course downtown. The beer quality is always good and the service is top notch -- everyone I've spoken with was friendly and helpful. I took a tour led by one of the brewers recently and had a great time. They took time to answer all questions and show us all the facilities.

May 19, 2011
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