Yazoo Brewing – Nashville, TN

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Finding myself in Nashville on a Wednesday night without work related obligations, I sorted through my brewery options.  There’s quite a number, and many look interesting.

However, the one that was open on a Wednesday was Yazoo Brewing, a mainstay of the area.

Yazoo Brewery

The Taproom is open 4 hours and advertised a tour.  I arrived to find only about 10 people, but the crowd grew in size later while I was on the tour.


While waiting for the tour to begin, I first sampled for a full pint of their Hop Project, aptly titled as they change the hop variety with each batch.  This was an adequate IPA and one that left me wondering if they just tweak the formula or if earlier generations were significantly better.  A drinkable beer but a disappointment to begin the tasting.


I can’t think of another brewery where pints are served per drink and they charge for a tour.  In my experience, tours are either free or there is a charge which includes a pint glass and tickets or other allotment to a certain volume of beer.

In any case, $8 bought the tour, which included a small snifter, an unusual choice for a brewery that doesn’t delve deeply into Belgians or advanced hops.

During the tour, three beers were provided, poured from  growlers that the guide brought with him.  Below is their Pale Ale, aptly named and a decent beer for the style.  The “founding” was told, from home brew, to hard work, to good timing, to decent market share in Nashville, with a distribution into MS.  Still, it seems like Yazoo Brewing belongs in Mississippi… It annoys me in the way that Jekyll Brewing in suburban Atlanta should be located on Jekyll Island in southeast Georgia.  Still, if it means something to the owner… then there it is.


Samples also included the Dos Perros, with Mexican influences including maize.  No thank you.  Also provided was their Hefeweizen, a style that I avoid but was actually very drinkable for the style.

As usual, there’s not much to see in the brewery.  Stainless steel tanks, with the basic gist of what happens in each.


A little detour from the usual was one of the patrons who observed that the bottles were exiting the bottling machine without their caps on.  This is a problem.  The idea is that you want to pour the beer and immediately cap the bottle to prevent contamination.  So, for whatever reason, a dozen or so bottles emerged before they could halt the line.

What that means for a tour group is the result:  More free beer!  This was their Winter Scottish Ale, which was a fine mild beer but nothing remarkable.


Here’s what happens to those bottles that don’t get capped properly.  Out they go into the drain.  (So they may as well be handed out, eh?)


Somewhat perturbed not to find a remarkable beer, I asked one of the bar tenders what she felt was their best… and received their Sly Rye Porter.  This was slightly more spicy than I had expected and lacked the richness I had hoped for.  Again, not a miss, but not a hit, either. 

That’s the fun about all these craft beers.  Everyone is entitled to their opinions.  Yazoo, named for a river in Mississippi where the owner had lived, obviously has their following.  For me, it was just a miss of my favored styles and a sameness that either doesn’t differentiate from other breweries or, when it does, doesn’t help.  The Hefe, though, was good.


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