On my recent visit to Nashville for the Music City Brew Off, I finally made it to the taproom at Jackalope Brewing Company. Jackalope, the first entirely female-run commercial brewery in Tennessee, opened its doors earlier this year. The taproom still has limited hours and is open only on Fridays and Saturdays.
At some point, Jackalope beer will be available at bars and restaurants in the Nashville area. For the time being, it’s only sold at the Jackalope taproom.
The owners have added some quirky touches (lots of jackrabbits with antlers!) to the 1,500-square-foot space, and it seems like a great place to hang out. There was live music the night we visited, as well as a food truck outside selling burgers.
All three of us who blog here at FuzzyBrew checked out the taproom that night, and our biggest complaint was the beer.
I had heard from some Nashville folks that Jackalope’s pale ale was pretty solid, but there wasn’t any available when we visited.
Instead, I tried the Bearwalker, a “maple brown” ale made with Vermont maple syrup. It was indeed syrupy, but I didn’t get much else from the beer, which tasted to me like a homebrew that was not quite ready for prime time. One unnamed FuzzyBrewer refused to even finished his.
Meanwhile, Jackalope’s Jack-Ale-Lantern, a pumpkin-pecan beer, got mixed reviews. I wasn’t able to try it because it’s apparently brewed with nuts and I’m allergic.
The Rompo, a red rye, was the only other Jackalope beer on tap. In addition, the tap room had one “guest brew” available, an IPA from French Broad Brewing Company.
Despite our complaints about the beer, we all thought the taproom has a pretty cool vibe and hope to visit again.
Has anybody else had a chance to visit Jackalope? If so, what did you think? Leave a comment below.