Friday, December 5, 2014

Nashville Beer Blog Presents: 2014 Nashville's Finests Readers Poll

When we started Nashville Beer Blog in 2012, the beer scene looked considerably different than it does now.  There were only a handful of local breweries, liquor stores weren't able to sell low gravity beer, and there were only a couple places that you could have a growler filled.  Oh how the times have changed... Now a quick scroll through our Breweries or Growler sections will show a plentiful list of options.

While the additional options are great, it can make for a daunting decision for those who are newly into craft beer, those who recently moved to Middle Tennessee, or those who are visiting our fine city - After all, Nashville is becoming a food & drink destination.  Since 2012, our goal has always been to make information pertaining to craft beer in Middle Tennessee easily accessible for the general public, and it's in that same spirit that we're asking you to chime in and tell us where some of your favorite places are in town.  We'll share the results on the site, and use them to better make recommendations in the future.  We'll also be sending out framed plaques to businesses that receive the most votes as a way of saying, "Hey, thanks for being awesome."

Here's the fine print:

1. One vote per person, please.  As a measure to keep things fair and honest, we'll be throwing out duplicate votes made from the same computer.

2. Voting begins now and will close on Friday December 19 at 11:59 PM (Central Time).  You have two weeks to not only vote, but convince your friends to vote as well.

3. You may vote for any business that is in Middle Tennessee (Within a thirty minute drive from downtown Nashville) that meets the criteria of the category.

4. Be honest.  Your feedback will better guide those who are in seek of good beer.

Sound good?  If so, proceed to vote here.

Monday, December 1, 2014

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

With Thanksgiving behind us, we're only weeks away from the holidays - Which can be an exciting time or a stressful time.  Don't fret - We're here to help!  We've put together a list for the beer lovers on your list (Or maybe even a nice little gift for yourself)!

Little Seed Farm Jackalope Soap
In 2012, Eileen & James Ray moved from New York City to rural Lebanon, Tennessee to start a goat farm.  They've since partnered with Nashville's own Jackalope Brewing Company to make fresh-and-so-clean smelling beer soap.  That's right... Beer soap.  Their creations are available with features from Jackalope's Rompo, Bearwalker, or Thunder Ann!
$7.00  |  Amazon

Nashville BrewPost One Gallon Homebrewing Kit
Ever dreamed of brewing your own batch of beer?  Well, now you can with the help of Nashville BrewPost!  They'll send you all of the equipment that you need to get started on a one gallon batch (About 10 bottles) as well as your choice of recipes!
$60.00 & Up  |  Nashville BrewPost

Soberdough Brew Bread
Not since peas & carrots Forrest & Jenny has there been such great companions as beer and bread.  With Soberdough Brew Bread, all you have to do is pour, stir, bake, and you'll be eating delicious beer bread in no time!
$14.45  |  Amazon

Sierra Nevada Beer Mustard
Once that beer bread is baked, you'll probably want to make a sandwich, and you'll need some good mustard.  Don't worry, we have the perfect one for you.  These beer mustards from Sierra Nevada are great on a sandwich, pretzels, or anything really!
$25.35  |  Amazon

Brooklyn Brine Company Hop-Pickle
We're big fans of pickles, and let us just tell you - These are good pickles.  With a little help from Dogfish Head's 60 Minute IPA, onions, and cascade hops, these pickles have a distinctly delicious taste that goes well on sandwiches or are great their own!
$8.99  |  Amazon

Getting a growler filled in this town isn't a hard task these days - Though getting a growler filled that you can take to the pool, hiking, tailgating, or camping might be a different story... Until now.  Thanks to the clever design of the EcoGrowler, you can now have your favorite craft beer ready for any outdoor occasion.  EcoGrowler is currently available locally at Mr. Whiskers and Rock Bottom, though you may order them online as well!
$7.99  |  Amazon

Sean Brock's Heritage
Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you're well aware of the buzz that Sean Brock's restaurant Husk has received in both Nashville and Charleston, SC.  Brock now shares recipes to some of his signature southern eats in his new cookbook, Heritage.
$24.00  |  Amazon

Olive & Sinclair Chocolate
Who doesn't like chocolate?  Seriously... And no one does it better than Nashville's own Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Company.  You may have tasted their chocolate in Terrapin's Moo-Hoo or Reunion Ale, though their variety of chocolate bars are definitely worth a try.  We recommend the Mexican Style Chocolate bar, though they're all great!
$6.99 & Up  |  Olive & Sinclair

B-Hoppy Hop Candy
Ever wondered what beer candy would taste like?  B-Hoppy's hop candy creations are probably the closest that you'll get - And they are actually great.  Made with real hops, these candies taste a bit like an IPA hard candy.  Not too shabby, right?
$6.96  |  Amazon

Blis Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup
As if maple syrup wasn't delicious enough, Blis goes the extra mile by aging theirs in 20+ year old bourbon barrels.  In fact, if you've ever had Founders' Canadian Breakfast Stout, Better Half, or Sweet Repute, you've tasted beers that have been aged in used Blis barrels.
$38.61  |  Amazon 

Blis Blast Hot Pepper Sauce
While you're at it, you might want to pick up Blis' Blast Hot Pepper Sauce which was aged in spent Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout barrels which once aged Blis Maple Syrup, which once aged 20+ year old bourbon.  The flavor is rich, slightly smoky, and not overly hot.
$23.56  |  Amazon

Chris Chamberlain's Nashville Beer: A Heady History of Music City Brewing
If you've read up on the food or drink scene in Nashville, you've likely stumbled across the writings of Chris Chamberlain.  Aside from releasing previous books The Southern Foodie and The Southern Foodie's Guide to the Pig, Chamberlain stays busy as a regular writer for Nashville Scene's "Bites" food blog and Nashville Lifestyle.  In his new book, Chris explores the history of Nashville's ever growing beer scene.
$16.80  |  Amazon

Spiegelau Craft Beer Glass Kit
Mason Jars may be cute, but when it comes down to flavor and aroma, proper glassware really does enhance the beer drinking experience.  Don't believe us?  Just try it.  These glasses by Spiegelau are professionally designed to improve the taste and smell of beer, and they truly work!  If the beer lover on your list does not have proper glassware, do them a solid this holiday season and show them what they've been missing!
$39.98  |  Amazon

Friday, November 21, 2014

Nashville BrewPost Delivers Homebrewing Subscription Service

Brewing your first batch of beer at home can be a daunting task, but now with the help of a local startup, you'll be sipping your first homebrew in no time.  After falling in love with the craft a few years ago, Michael Krewson decided to launch Nashville BrewPost, a subscription service that allows customers to brew one gallon batches (Approximately 10 bottles) of beer at home.

The concept is simple.  Customers pick a kit, recipe, and style, and they are delivered to your doorstep each month.  Each recipe was meticulously created by Krewson, and customers may choose a "hoppy" or "malty" recipe each month.

The kit includes all of the equipment that you need to brew your first batch of beer, and currently costs $60, while the recipe ingredients are sent each month at a cost of $15.  If you're interested giving homebrewing a try, visit Nashville BrewPost's website here.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Help Fund Mill Creek Brewing Company

Time is running out for Mill Creek Brewing Company's opportunity to raise money on Kickstarter.com to launch their brewery in Nolensville, Tennessee.  Their Kickstarter campaign ends tomorrow, November 5, and they have $47,725 to go until they reach their total goal of $110,000.  Last week we had the opportunity to meet with Mill Creek's founder / brewmaster, Chris Going as well as sample two of their beers and there are a few things about Mill Creek Brewing Company that you should know:

1. Their Beer Is Fantastic
We sampled Hopscotch (Session IPA) and Lil Darlin (Wheat Beer), both of which were easy drinkers, but packed with flavor.  Hopscotch had an overwhelming amount of tropical fruit and citrus in the nose as well as the front end with a light pine flavor on the finish.  It was very crisp and clean, and not overly sweet.  Lil Darlin was light, wheaty, and had some nice citrus flavor as well.  It reminded us of a more robust alternative to Blue Moon, but a more sessionable alternative to Bell's Oberon.

2. Plan To Can
Who doesn't love cans?  Cans are great.  I mean, they can go anywhere, they don't break, and they keep light out.  Not only does Mill Creek Brewing Company have plans to can, but they plan to can as soon as possible.  That means you'll be able to find their beer on the shelves of your grocery store in no time.

3. Where Is Nolensville?
Look Nashville, we get it.  There is so much going on in our fair city that we often forget about our neighboring towns.  Nolensville is about 20 miles away in Williamson County and is home to the original Martin's BBQ.

Head over to Mill Creek Brewing Company's Kickstarter page here, and be sure to show your support!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Turtle Anarchy To Open West Nashville Facility

Franklin, Tennessee's Turtle Anarchy Brewing Company has leased a 28,000 square foot space in West Nashville's The Nations neighborhood at 5901 California Ave.  The new brewing facility is expected to open in early 2015 with a taproom planned at a later date.  The original taproom and brewing facility in Franklin will continue to stay in operation.

Turtle Anarchy's new space will be shared with a sister company, Southern Anarchy Alchemy, a cooperative packaging business that will offer canning and bottling to local breweries as well as leasing kegs.

For more information about Turtle Anarchy, visit their website here.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

TailGate Beer Opens New Taproom In West Nashville

In July we reported that California-based brewery, TailGate Beer had moved their operations to Nashville, and had big plans to open a facility at 7300 Charlotte Pike.  Today at noon, TailGate Beer opened their tasting room for business for the first time.  They will be open tonight until 10 PM for those that would like to experience their new space, though moving forward, it will be open seven days a week (M-F 3-9 PM, Sat & Sun 11 AM - 10 PM).

The new taproom features twenty taps for onsite consumption or growlers to go - Of the beers featured are TailGate's year round offering, limited offerings, and guest brews by local breweries.  Their website boasts that every Nashville brewery has one beer on tap. 

For more information about TailGate beer and their tasting room, visit their website here.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Goose Island Migrates To Nashville

Chicago's mega-brewery, Goose Island, will be in Nashville this week celebrating their Migration Week promotion.  They will be hosting a slew of events including tastings, tap takeovers, underground rap concerts, and more - Get ready to party!  Here's a quick rundown of what's going on this week:

Tuesday - 10/21 - Tap Takeover At Flying Saucer: 6 - 9 PM

Wednesday - 10/22 - Sampling At Craft Brewed: 4 - 7 PM
Wednesday - 10/22 - Tap Takeover At Hurry Back: 6 - 8 PM
Wednesday - 10/22 - Goose Island Presents Run The Jewels At Exit In: 8 - 12 PM

Thursday 10/23 - Sampling At Red Dog Wine & Spirits: 4 - 7 PM

Thursday 10/23 - Blackhawks vs. Predators Tap Takeover At 312 Pizza: 6 - 10 PM

We'll be out at a couple of these events and will keep you posted of happenings via social media.  Be sure to follow us on Twitter & Facebook!