Heading to Nashville

Discussion in 'South' started by TheEdmund, Jun 28, 2018.

  1. TheEdmund

    TheEdmund Initiate (35) Feb 3, 2015 Massachusetts

    Hey All,

    Heading to Nashville for a few days and was wondering what breweries to visit. Big fan of the New England style IPA'S AND DIPA'S.

    Thanks in advance,
  2. IMFletcher

    IMFletcher Defender (610) May 2, 2014 Kentucky

    Southern Grist and Bearded Iris.
  3. imyourhero21

    imyourhero21 Devotee (479) Oct 9, 2011 California

    As mentioned above Southern grist and bearded iris for sure, also New heights is doing good stuff as well. If you like sours, Yazoo is a must for the Embrace the Funk beers.
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  4. Nephew11

    Nephew11 Initiate (29) Nov 27, 2016 Illinois

    Hey guys I’m gonna piggy back of this thread. I’ll be in for the 4th and 5th with kids. I’ll be hitting up southern grist and bearded iris for sure (kid friendly?) Was looking for more specifically what may be out those days I can grab to go or have on tap. Also any non touristy food recommendations (breakfast/lunch/dinner/coffee/sweets).
  5. JRaffTX

    JRaffTX Initiate (59) Jan 24, 2018 Texas

    I haven't been in this scene long, but sorry, for NEIPAs I do NOT recommend Southern Grist They seem to be into adding flavor extracts to their beers which isn't my cup of tea. Yes, Bearded Iris for NEIPAs, they literally only do that as far as I can tell and get a lot of love with beer traders. No to Yazoo for NEIPA too. I like Yazoo, but not for NEIPAs. Blackstone and TN Brew Works make better overall IPAs (and beers in general so far in my journey). Just answering in the context of the IPAs request. I think New Heights makes 1 NEIPA, which is solid...but I really think they make good big boyz, even though that wasn't your question. Just my 2 cents.
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  6. lightman1

    lightman1 Initiate (76) Oct 19, 2013 Arkansas

    You might want to check out The Flying Saucer in Nashville. Its a bar, not a brewery, but has a large tap list and is worth the visit.
  7. imyourhero21

    imyourhero21 Devotee (479) Oct 9, 2011 California

    Both allow kids though i would say Grist is the more family friendly of the two. Both are, but typically BI is playing rap music which some parents might not want their kids hearing with all the swearing and such. If you look at both of their websites it will tell you what cans are available to go and whats on tap as well, both very accurate . Hopefully the passion fruit guava gose hill cans last till the 4th for you to grab at Grist, they are very good. Same thing with the new mood ring BI released friday. Grist has food at both locations, but the west side is better for food. Food wise alot of places will be closed for the 4th, but it depends on what you want. Coffee places i rec are 8th and Roast, Crema, Sump or Steadfast.
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  8. jdhops

    jdhops Initiate (105) Dec 30, 2011 Tennessee

    Highly recommend Southern Grist for NEIPAs. Hoppy Timbs (cans and draft) and Mixed Greens (draft) are available now. Neither has "flavor extracts" added.
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  9. Ace99890

    Ace99890 Aspirant (200) Dec 3, 2013 Illinois

    Came in town and I have to say this is correct. Went to both Southern Grist and Bearded Iris..my only complaint about bearded iris was taplist was small...grist had 17 beers on tap. I think quality was better at Bearded Iris but The variety was fantastic at southern Grist. Both were excellent
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  10. bkbergen

    bkbergen Initiate (141) Jan 5, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Driving down from Philadelphia on Friday 9/28. Want to hit Yazoo and Bearded Iris to get cans and possibly Midtown Wine and Spirits to pick up some local stuff.

    WE are staying at the Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Vanderbilt. Any other places I should try to get beer from?
  11. dscott421

    dscott421 Initiate (68) Jun 13, 2013 Kentucky

    Craft brewed on 8th
  12. typetrance

    typetrance Initiate (72) May 4, 2010 Tennessee

    SG location on the west side is super family friendly. They have a hot chicken food truck as well if you’re into that. I personally don’t take my kid to BI. Although they do have a nice outdoor patio that could work for your during the day.
    12th South Taproom is family friendly with a semi decent taplist.
  13. typetrance

    typetrance Initiate (72) May 4, 2010 Tennessee

    Midtown Wine & Spirits in Church street is not far from your hotel.
  14. jeremyf

    jeremyf Initiate (35) Apr 14, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Philly fans are about to invade Nashville next weekend. I expect to see many at Bearded Iris and Southern Grist. Go Birds!
    #14 jeremyf, Sep 20, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2018
  15. bkbergen

    bkbergen Initiate (141) Jan 5, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Driving down and plan on bring a trunk load back with me.
  16. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (1,585) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    Thoroughly enjoyed Nashville when I was there over the Labor day weekend. Yazoo had great sours, Tennessee brewing had a great vibe, music and solid beer (and wine for my wife), but Southern Grist was probably the best brewery we visited. Every beer was solid. We passed on Bearded Iris (had a few of their beers around town) because the tap list was pretty much all IPA's. Hands down the best meal was at Rolf & Daughters. We spent most of the weekend giving my daughter shit about that place and then went and was blown away. Had a great time in Nashville, look forward to going back one day. Best quote of the weekend from an Uber driver "You will see minimum of 30+ bachelorette parties here every weekend", we counted 27. Y'all have fun
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  17. invertalon

    invertalon Devotee (426) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio

    We were also there the weekend after labor day... Hit up a few spots (Yazoo, Jackalope, Southern Grist, Smith & Lentz, Bearded Iris, Little Harpeth and I think one other one, along with two Distillery's).

    Yazoo had the best overall lineup, IMO. Their sour program is legit and are one of those breweries that for the most part, everything is solid. We knew someone here who hooked us up quite a bit and made the experience even better, which always helps, but if I could only visit one brewery back in Nashville it would be Yazoo, believe it or not.

    Bearded Iris basically just does NE IPA, but they do them well. Really enjoyed the two visits here.

    Southern Grist has a decent mix of NE IPA, Sours and then the milkshake/pastry stouts. I didn’t care for their milkshake/stouts at all, but the NE IPA was quite good and their gose, boil the ocean was phenomenal. Between SG and Bearded Iris? If you are a haze IPA homebody and that’s all you drink, go to Bearded Iris. But SG adds a little more diversity to the lineup and both locations are quite cool to visit. One is super chill, the other more modern and such. I think I’d pick SG over Bearded Iris, if I had to choose.

    Smith & Lentz was good for lager options, but I didn’t particularly love anything we tried. Even for being a huge fan of all lager. Some of the beers were not crisp enough or had too much body for the style, IMO at least. The waitress was also pretty cold and seemed bothered she had to work that day, so we left pretty quick.

    Jackalope was a cool spot right by Yazoo, but the beer was OK at best.

    Little Harpeth was ok… Somewhat like Jackalope compared. They had big bins of rotting spent grain outside the door that smelled lovely, as well. Surprised they didn’t move those, or something. That odor is wicked!

    Food wise, don’t pass up Hot Chicken is you like spicy stuff… I was in heaven with it, personally. Hattie B’s and Slow Burn are the ones we went to… The hottest option at Slow Burn was no joke… Amazing, but damn it was like an atomic bomb went off in my stomach for hours afterward… The worst thing I could have done was have an IPA at Bearded Iris afterward… That nearly killed me, lol! I went with Hattie B’s second hottest on a sandwich and it was so damn good. I will be working to do my own hot chicken at home now I loved it so much… Def a unique product Nashville has with that, especially if you are a spice fan like me! Incredible stuff.

    Also, being a big BBQ fan, we hit up Martin’s BBQ and Peg Leg Porker… Martin’s being more Memphis style, which Peg Leg was more Carolina if I had to rationalize them. Both awesome, but Martin’s was my pick out of the two. Martin’s is walking distance from Yazoo though, convenient.

    If you like Whiskey, I will say at Corsair they have a drink with their triple smoke whiskey served with rosemary and cedar wood that is ignited and extinguished in your glass… Holy hell, that was a highlight for sure. That drink blew me away. The aromatics alone, but the smoked whiskey was dangerously delicious as well… Just a really great drink.

    If you have a sweet tooth, don’t pass up Five Daughters for one (or two, or three) of their 100 layer donuts… Literally the best I’ve ever had… They run about $4-5 a pop, but well worth it. We went twice.

    We really enjoyed Nashville though for the three days we were there… Nice short trip to use up some Southwest points… We crammed in a lot (even more than listed here)… Plenty of epic food, some solid breweries and an easy weekend trip from Cleveland. Sorry this was lengthy, but perhaps it will help some others planning a trip there!
  18. invertalon

    invertalon Devotee (426) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio

    Hate the fact you can't edit after 15min or so...

    Peg Leg is the one close to Yazoo, not Martins. Just wanted to correct that.
  19. imyourhero21

    imyourhero21 Devotee (479) Oct 9, 2011 California

    Also Peg leg is memphis style for sure, dry rub ribs and such . Martins and Peg Leg are both walking distance from Yazoo, but Peg leg is literally in the same parking lot/alley.
  20. invertalon

    invertalon Devotee (426) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio

    Yep, you are right... I see I flipped the names yet again. Peg Leg is the memphis one for sure, I had a nice dry rub full slab there... Delicious.
  21. imyourhero21

    imyourhero21 Devotee (479) Oct 9, 2011 California

    I would say he has the best ribs in town, they are great. Each place has something they do better then another place, but my fave in town is a pop up/truck that does events around twon every other week or so. Its called The Oak, they do Texas style so it gets some of the locals going about how thats not real bbq, but its amazing. They were at Southern grist last saturday, id still go if it was at the worst brewery ever as the food is that good.
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  22. ClippersSD

    ClippersSD Initiate (139) Jul 17, 2013 California

    Awesome info guys. Going this weekend and love all the beer and food tips. Keep them coming!
  23. Stillkickin

    Stillkickin Initiate (10) Dec 19, 2017

    #1 bachelorette party city in the NATION! Oh yeah, about the beer, There is a small place south west of town called Tailgate ( https://www.tailgatebeer.com/ ) that is pretty neat. They offer tours. Another location in town;
    1538 Demonbreun St (This location does not offer tours) Nashville, TN 37203
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  24. TheBrewsky

    TheBrewsky Crusader (713) Apr 23, 2017 California
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    I cannot vouch for either of these places enough. Recently took a road trip for my honeymoon and hit these places while in Nashville. Needless to say, I left with some cans. Great experience at both breweries. For the record, it seemed that the Nations taproom for Southern Grist had more to offer, so I went there instead. My understanding is that it is the newer location, just a heads up.
  25. WPZY

    WPZY Initiate (83) Jan 17, 2014 Tennessee

    They recently opened another location on the east side as well, 811 Gallatin Ave Nashville, TN 37206. I haven't been but I'm pretty sure it is just a tap room, no tours.
  26. Gregwilsonstl

    Gregwilsonstl Initiate (52) Aug 11, 2015 Missouri

    Ill be in nashville this tues and wed. The above seems focused on NEIPAs. Any recommendations for stouts? (doesnt need to be imperial nor rare).

    We're staying downtown.

    Also, any nice and long running trails?
  27. ArrogantB

    ArrogantB Poo-Bah (3,364) Jun 9, 2006 Colorado

    Any Tilquin or 3F floating around Nashville currently?
  28. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (1,585) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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  29. Gregwilsonstl

    Gregwilsonstl Initiate (52) Aug 11, 2015 Missouri

  30. SundayMorninCominDown

    SundayMorninCominDown Initiate (63) Aug 4, 2015 Wisconsin

    Which brewery tours are most recommended?
  31. imyourhero21

    imyourhero21 Devotee (479) Oct 9, 2011 California

    There is tilquin for sure, 3F would be bought out in a few minutes if it hit the shelves locally .
  32. needMIbeer

    needMIbeer Champion (875) Feb 5, 2014 Tennessee
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    Craft Brewed still had bottles of Tilquin Gueuze when I was there yesterday
  33. imyourhero21

    imyourhero21 Devotee (479) Oct 9, 2011 California

    A few other stores that dont get picked over too much have them too, and one store has Jester King Spon bottles still
  34. needMIbeer

    needMIbeer Champion (875) Feb 5, 2014 Tennessee
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    I discovered the Spon bottles last week. Was quite surprised to see them on the shelf and inquired what led to that happening.
  35. imyourhero21

    imyourhero21 Devotee (479) Oct 9, 2011 California

    Yeah you should sign up for their email, they also had bottles of Fou and 3F Oude Gueze for sale for retail, it was a nice treat.
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  36. TheodorHerzl

    TheodorHerzl Devotee (480) Mar 30, 2007 Indiana

    I’m in town next week for a run of shows at the Ryman. Is there a decent place for beer within walking distance just before the show? The main strip isn’t really my scene.
  37. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (1,585) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    When I was there I hit up City Tap Room which was ok, Flying Saucer, a little further out, but easy walking and there is Hops and Craft which I didn't try. Acme Feed and Seed we hit at nite and it was a shitshow, but they seemed to have the best beer on the Strip.
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  38. imyourhero21

    imyourhero21 Devotee (479) Oct 9, 2011 California

    Flying saucer is best bet, City tap is new and there is always the Beer Sellar in that area. BI and Grist are both about 10-15 minute uber ride away at most as well
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  39. needMIbeer

    needMIbeer Champion (875) Feb 5, 2014 Tennessee
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    City Tap has had some good stuff on tap the past couple of times I’ve been there and the food is solid. A bit pricey but you get what you pay for.
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  40. mayorQuimby

    mayorQuimby Devotee (441) Jun 5, 2009 Tennessee
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    Another vote for the Flying Saucer, though Bearded Iris and Craft Brewed would be my main recommendations. Each a ~5 - 10 min Uber ride from downtown. Flying Saucer would be my pick if you really want walking distance to the Ryman.
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