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Tennessee Brew Works to open its taproom in Nashville this week

October 28, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer

tennessee-brew-worksTennessee Brew Works is opening its “Tennessee Taproom” this week, making it the latest Nashville craft brewery to open a tasting room.

The official opening for the taproom at 809 Ewing Ave is Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. The taproom will also be open Friday, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, from 2 to 6 p.m.

“With the tasting room overlooking the brewery, you’ll be able to enjoy all of our brews while observing up close where the beer was created,” according to an e-mail from the brewery.

Basil Ryeman, Country Roots, Cutaway IPA, Extra Easy and Southern Wit are Tennessee Brew Works’ “headliners,” or year-round beers.

Tennessee Brew Works is distributing its craft beers to bars and restaurants in the Nashville area but plans to expand to Memphis, too.

Nashville’s Blackstone Brewing Co. wins silver medal at Great American Beer Festival

October 12, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Competition, Craft beer

St. Charles Porter

Blackstone’s St. Charles Porter, 2013 silver medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver

Nashville’s Blackstone Brewing Co. won a silver medal Saturday in the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

Blackstone’s St. Charles Porter won second place in the Brown Porter category. It was the 8th win at GABF for the St. Charles Porter and Blackstone’s 12th medal since 1996.

No other brewery in Tennessee took home medals in Denver this year, and no Mississippi or Arkansas breweries were winners.

The 2013 Great American Beer Festival competition, which awarded 252 medals, is the largest commercial beer competition in the world. In its 27th year, the 2013 competition surpassed all previous participation records.

Award-winning brewers received gold, silver and bronze medals in 84 beer categories covering 138 different beer styles (encompassing subcategories), establishing the best examples of each style in the U.S. Winners were chosen from 4,809 competition entries from 745 breweries, hailing from 49 states, plus Washington, D.C.

View all the winners here.

Inaugural Taste of Tennessee Craft Brewers Festival set for Sept. 6 in Nashville

July 26, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Events

Taste of Tennessee

Tickets are on sale for the inaugural Taste of Tennessee Craft Brewers Festival, featuring beers crafted by breweries across the state of Tennessee, to benefit the Tennessee Craft Brewers Guild.

The festival will take place Friday, Sept. 6, from 7-11 p.m., on the infield of the Fairgrounds Speedway, 500 Wedgewood Ave., in Nashville. The event will also feature local live music and food from Nashville food trucks. For a list of participating breweries, click here.

The festival is presented by the Tennessee State Fair and Rhizome Productions. Here’s more:

Come out and support Tennessee craft brewers and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Fair with one ticket! With more than 18 breweries from across Tennessee, festival attendees will have a unique opportunity to taste over 55 Tennessee-brewed beers. The festival is open to beer tasters of all experience levels, from the serious to the casual, catering to pros and amateurs alike. The Tennessee State Fair offers only two suggestions: 1) bring your friends and 2) come thirsty.

The $40 cost of admission includes admission to the Fair, a souvenir tasting glass and unlimited beer for the duration of the event. Admission for designated drivers is $15 and includes complimentary N/A drinks. The festival is only open to people aged 21 and over. $75 VIP tickets allow 100 guests access an hour earlier than the public, as well as the chance to sample some special beers and talk with the brewers.

The Black Abbey Brewing Company to open brewery, tasting room in South Nashville

March 22, 2013 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer

The Black Abbey Brewing CompanyA new Nashville brewery will open its doors this year that will focus on crafting Belgian-inspired ales.

The Black Abbey Brewing Company, founded by Carl Meier, will open an 11,000-square-foot facility with a brewery and tasting room in South Nashville at 2952 Sidco Drive.

For more information, “like” The Black Abbey Brewing Company on Facebook or follow Meier on Twitter @BlackAbbeyCarl. And here’s a press release issued this week with more details:

The Black Abbey Brewing Company to open in Nashville
Brewery to locate in south Nashville’s “untapped” market

NASHVILLE, TENN. — March 19, 2013 —A new brewery will open its doors in Nashville later this year.

The Black Abbey Brewing Company will locate its production facility and tasting room at 2952 Sidco
Drive in south Nashville. The 11,000-square-foot facility will include brewing equipment as well as a tasting room which will serve as a retail outlet for beer and other merchandise.

“We have a portfolio of unique and delicious beer that we are excited to deliver to the Greater Nashville market,” Founder Carl Meier said.

The Black Abbey’s brand is thoughtfully influenced by the story of Martin Luther, father of the protestant reformation. The company creates Belgian-inspired ales that are creative, accessible and unique, relying on 600 years of brewing tradition, starting with styles that Martin Luther himself might have enjoyed. The tagline for its unique line of craft beers is, appropriately, “Created. Not Made.”

“Luther and his wife brewed beer for the community surrounding Wittenberg Germany, creating an
opportunity for fellowship around good conversation and great beer,” Meier explained. “We love the idea of bringing people together and promoting community through common interests. We want our tasting room to be come a ‘Fellowship Hall’ — a place where people can get to know one another, and get to know us and our personable beers.”

The Black Abbey Brewing Co. was founded in 2011. It has had a presence in regional beer festivals, national competitions and social media for nearly two years. Meier expects to begin construction this week and production in the third quarter of 2013.