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Nashville’s Music City Brew Tours

Yesterday the Junk Lady went with friends from a local networking group on a unique local Nashville tourist attraction: a visit to three local breweries on the Music City Brew Tours. There are over a dozen such breweries in the region and we didn’t find out until we were all on the short bus where we were headed first. Bennie Copeland and Marisa Scott were our guides and were very knowledgable about the history of beer in general, in Nashville specifically, and the processes of both making beer and its proper tasting.

Fat Bottom Brewing Company Beer Menu - Music City Brew Tours, photo by Caryn

Fat Bottom Brewing Company Beer Menu – Music City Brew Tours, photo by Caryn

Our first stop was Fat Bottom Brewing Company in East Nashville. We had a flight of four of their beers along with lunch. They have both indoor and outdoor seating and played a fantastic selection of songs by The Smiths and The Cure. I was in heaven. Of the four beers I tasted I enjoyed ‘Ida’, a Belgian-Style Golden Ale, the most.

Czann’s was our second stop. If you blink you will miss it driving by. Even if you don’t blink but don’t know where to look you will also miss it driving by. Sneaky.

Czann's Brewery Tour - Music City Brew Tour, photo by Caryn

Czann’s Brewery Tour – Music City Brew Tours, photo by Caryn

They had three beers available for testing during our tour. The assistant brew master walked us through the process in the warehouse. Brewmaster Ken Rebman started like most as a hobby brewer crafting his beer at home in a basement and it escalated from there.

We took a chance and stopped by the not quite open Honky Tonk Brewing Company in Metro Center and they were still not quite open. It would have been neat to be the first tour through, even if we were crashers.

Black Abbey Beer Flight - Music City Brew Tours, photo by Caryn

Black Abbey Beer Flight – Music City Brew Tours, photo by Caryn

Our third tasting came at Black Abbey Brewing Company on Sidco near Thompson Lane. Here we tried a flight of four of their offerings. The darkest beer in the forefront of the photo was my favorite of the day: a robust coffee-infused porter named POTUS44. Junk Lady is more of a lager and ale gal so this came as a bit of a surprise.  Black Abbey’s beer are ‘Created, Not Made’ and are in the Belgian style.

Thank you Bennie and Marisa for a wonderful afternoon. I am looking forward to joining another one of your tours in the upcoming months.

 

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