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A visit to Cool Springs Brewery in Franklin, Tenn.

October 05, 2011 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer, Travelin'

Cool Springs Brewery - sign

On a  visit last month to Nashville, I made sure to check out a brewpub I missed on my previous trips to Middle Tennessee.

Cool Springs Brewery started as a restaurant for pizza in 1991, opening in the Vanderbilt area under the name Guido’s. It’s since moved to Franklin and is under new ownership, having added a microbrewery only in recent years.

This unheralded brewpub at 600 Frazier Drive makes some really good beer. I had a sampler, which allowed me to try everything on tap. That included:

• Franklin’s First, the first commercially-produced beer in Williamson County brewed in the style of a German Kolsch.
• Morning Wood Red, a really nice hoppy, robust ale.
• Pecker Wrecker IPA, a floral and citrusy IPA that was my favorite beer at Cool Springs.
• Fatback Amber Ale, a smooth, German Altbier.
• Kilt Lifter, a strong Scottish ale with just a hint of smokiness.
• Schwarzbier, a dark ale that’s Cool Spring’s version of a black German lager.

Cool Springs Brewery - barThe brewery at Cool Springs is right up front when you walk in.

Cool Springs Brewery - insideThe atmosphere is relaxed, though the many TVs make it feel a little too much like a sports bar.

Cool Springs Brewery-inside-2Another view of the main seating area.

Cool Springs Brewery-samplerIf it’s your first time at Cool Springs, get the sampler.

Cool Springs Brewery-pizzaThe New York-style pies are really good.

Cool Springs Brewery - beer signsSome cool beer signs in the back of the restaurant.

Cool Springs Brewery - equipment-2A view of the brewery at Cool Springs.

Cool Springs Brewery - equipmentAnother view of the brewing set-up.

Cool Springs Brewery - tanksBrewing tanks.

Cool Springs Brewery - growlersGet a growler to go.

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