Tailgate Beer Taproom Grand Opening - Feb. 7

I have been watching the progress of the Tailgate Beer Tasting Room and it appears that they are ready to go. Not only will they have their own beers on tap, they have several local and regional beers as well. About 20 taps in all.  It's definitely worth your time to check it out.

They will be open 12-11pm. There will be brewery tours throughout the day, along with performance from local artists. Sadly I have to work, but I may be able to swing by later in the evening.

Address is 7300 Charlotte Pike, Nashville Tennessee 37209.



12 Percent Imports To Land in Nashville!

12 Percent Imports

Hey craftheads! I am out of hibernation! To be honest, this blog is really more of a landing page/directory. Unless I want to post articles that agitate beer drinkers in order to get click revenue, there is no purpose for a traditional style beer blog. Social media gets the news out before I can get to the keyboard. So make sure all of you followers are in the facebook groups Nashville Beer Geek and Nashville Craft Beer Aficionados.

 I have some exciting news from my good fried Shea Pearsful, who is the portfolio manager at Delerium Wine and Spirits. Yes folks, 12 Percent Imports is coming to the Nashville area. That means we will be getting Against the Grain, Stillwater,Evil Twin, Off Color, Omnipollo Tilquin, Hoften Dormal, and Local Option. And yes, Shea will be working hard to get allocations for limited releases. Look for this stuff to start hitting shelves Thursday.

There will be two tap takeover events coming soon, so check the facebook group for update. There will be a 12 tap takeover at Hop Stop, and a 6 tap takeover at 12 South Tap Room.

Our beer scene continues to grow and thrive thanks to all of you craft addicts.




Yo craft addicts. Yes folks, I have been hibernating for quite a long time. But don't forget, I am Nashville's laziest beer blogger. Accept no substitutes. There is so much going on, so I strongly suggest you follow the Nashville Beer Geek facebook group in addition to Nashville Craft Beer Aficionados. I promise you will stay more current than this blog. So what awakened me from my long nap? Founders! Yes they are coming to Tennessee. I had to change my underwear when I saw the following email in my inbox:
Founders Beer Will Be Available in Volunteer State in April 2014 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 14, 2014 - Founders Brewing Co. announced today that it is expanding its distribution territory to include the Volunteer State, with a network of distributors slated to represent the brand across almost the entire state of Tennessee beginning in April. “We’ve been distributing in most of the states surrounding Tennessee for years,” said Co-Founder and CEO Mike Stevens. “Beer enthusiasts in Tennessee have been growing the craft beer scene, and they’ve been patient with us. We’re excited to be able to bring our beer to them.” Founders distribution coverage will include the four major metropolitan areas of Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga and Knoxville. Residents of Tennessee can expect to find Founders’ year-round and seasonal products on draft in the first shipment. Bottles will begin arriving in the next shipment, and specialty releases will follow the brewery’s release schedule from there. Founders recently announced distribution in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana in addition to Tennessee, bringing the brewery’s total distribution footprint to 31 states. For a list of all the states in which Founders is available and the brewery’s 2014 availability calendar, visit foundersbrewing.com
Folks, Founders Reds Rye is one of my desert island beers. It's simply the most drinkable rye pale ale on the planet. Another Michigan brewery New Holland launched yesterday at Flying Saucer. Now all we need is Bell's to come to TN for the trifecta. The craft beer pool is getting crowded, but I sure as hell don't mind. Until next time (hopefully some time this year), stay safe and don't let me catch you drinking shitty beer. Cheers, Smitty

Picnic® Summer Ale from Blackstone Brewing Co.® Returns

Smitty's Review:

This pours a clear straw golden with a white head. Fruity and herbal nose. Lighter side of medium bodied with average carbonation. Initial flavor of cereal-like pale malts, which really came across more German in character than English. Dry finish with a lingering grassy and herbal bitterness. Extremely smooth and clean for an ale. If you are into California Commons and hop forward Pilsners, this seems like a blend of the two. Very good, simple, and perfect for those hot days or summer cookouts.

Press Release:
Just in time to enjoy on summer’s hottest days, Blackstone Brewing Company®, brewer of award-winning ales since 1994, has brought Picnic®, an English-style summer ale, back to Middle Tennessee.  Blackstone, which has operated Nashville’s oldest brewpub since 1994, opened a state-of-the art brewing and bottling facility in mid-2011.   

Picnic® is described as a lighter version of a classic Pale Ale that retains the wonderful flavors and aromas of British Pale Ale malt and hops, while using a significant portion of wheat for a lighter body and crisp finish. Blackstone brewed Picnic® with imported barley malt and hops from Great Britain to create this authentic ale. First introduced in summer 2012, Picnic® was selected by CraftBeer.com to be featured in its “Beers of Summer - Craft Beer’s Summer Seasonals.”

Picnic® is a great beer; it is a hot weather refresher that doesn’t sacrifice flavor or character,” said Stephanie Weins, co-owner of Blackstone Brewing Co.®

 Picnic® is available for a limited time, both on draft and in bottles, at bars and stores in the Nashville, Clarksville, Knoxville, and east Tennessee areas. 

 About Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery®:

Opened in 1994, Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery® is Nashville’s oldest and most popular brewpub. Blackstone award-winning craft beers Chaser Pale®, Nut Brown Ale, American Pale Ale and St. Charles Porter® are brewed at both the brewpub and at the new, state-of-the-art, brewing and bottling facility, Blackstone Brewing Company®.  Chaser Pale®, Nut Brown Ale and St. Charles Porter® have been awarded medals at both the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup; St. Charles Porter® is the most award-winning Brown Porter in the history of the Great American Beer Festival. Visit www.blackstonebrewery.com for additional information.