Friday, January 16, 2015

Three Events That You Wont Want To Miss

Don't let cold weather keep you cooped up this winter!  Mark your calendars - Here's three events that you wont want to miss!

Beer Bacon Burlesque
From noon until 6 PM on Saturday (1/17), attendees at Beer Bacon Burlesque will have the opportunity to sample over 40 craft beers and bacon inspired food from some top local restaurants.  The event will also feature three burlesque performances by Music City Burlesque!  Purchase tickets here, and use our promo code 'BEERBLOG' to save $10!

Kegs & Eggs
Nashville's beloved sandwich shop, Mitchell Deli, now has a sister restaurant: Rudie's Seafood, Sausage, & Taproom.  Rudie's is partnering with Founders Brewing Company and the Better Beer Brigade on January 24 to present Kegs & Eggs, a special brunch event featuring eight Founders kegs including a tapping of Founders' infamous KBS!

Eight More Beers of Winter 
Winter isn't complete without The Black Abbey's Eight More Beers of Winter.  This second annual event on February 7 from 2-8 will feature a tap takeover of beers aged in whiskey, tequila, rum, port, gin, and bourbon barrels.  You won't want to miss this!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Save $10 For Beer Bacon Burlesque

Looking for something to do this weekend?  Your Saturday is about to get a bit more interesting thanks to Beer Bacon Burlesque presented by Hootenanny Events at Track One.  From noon until 6 PM, attendees will have the opportunity to sample over 40 craft beers and bacon inspired food from some top local restaurants.  The event will also feature three burlesque performances by Music City Burlesque!

Buy Tickets Here 
(Use our promo code BEERBLOG to save $10!)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Sam's Sports Grill Announces New Brewery In Former Bosco's Location

In September, we announced the sudden closure of Bosco's Restaurant & Brewing Company in Hillsboro Village.  Today, The Tennesseean reports that neighboring Sam's Sports Grill has taken over the vacant space that once belonged to Bosco's, and plans to open a new brewery an marketplace for local artisans.
Sam Sanchez, the owner of Sam's Sports Grill, told The Tennessean that the new business, called Village Marketplace and Brewery, that they have begun brewing beer and expect to open in the next month.
Stay tuned for future updates.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Nashville's Finest Readers Poll Results

2014 has been quite a year for Nashville's ever-growing beer scene.  We've seen new breweries crop up, new bars open their doors for the first time, low gravity beer for sale at liquor stores, new distribution - And the list goes on!  This month we asked our readers and social media pals to vote for their favorite local beer spots of 2014 in our first annual Nashville's Finest Readers Poll, and the results are in!  Thanks to all who participated, and congratulations to all of the winners!

Best Bar In Middle Tennessee
1. 12 South Taproom
2. Flying Saucer
3. Craft Brewed

Best Place To Fill A Growler In Middle Tennessee
1. Craft Brewed
2. The Filling Station
3. The Beer Pale

Best Place To Buy Home Brewing Supplies In Middle Tennessee
1. All Seasons
2. Craft Brewed
3. Rebel Brewer

Best Place To Buy Beer In Middle Tennessee
1. Craft Brewed
2. Frugal MacDoogal
3. Midtown Wine & Spirits

Best Brewery In Middle Tennessee
1. The Black Abbey
2. Yazoo Brewing Company
3. Tennessee Brew Works

Best Beer Festival In Middle Tennessee
1. 12 South Winter Warmer
2. East Nashville Beer Festival
3. Music City Brewers Festival

Best Beer Selection From A Restaurant In Middle Tennessee
1. Kay Bob's Grill & Ale
2. 12 South Taproom
3. Broadway Brewhouse

Best New Bar In Middle Tennessee
1. The Beer Pale
2. Hurry Back
3. The Sutler

For those of you wondering, participants wrote in their selections (Instead of multiple choices) in an effort to collect unskewed data - Yes, tallying votes was an overwhelming (And time consuming) task, but we're finally done!  Also, establishments had to be within a thirty minute drive from downtown to be eligible.  We threw out the "Best Beer In Middle Tennessee" and "Best New Beer Store In Middle Tennessee" categories due to inconclusive data.  We will rethink the way we collect votes next year and are open to suggestions.  Let us know if there is an additional category that you would like to see next year.

What do you think of the results?  Let us know on Twitter or Facebook!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Nashville Beer Blog Presents: 2014 Nashville's Finest 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.