Two Ten Jack describes their restaurant as an izakaya, or Japanese-inspired neighborhood pub, but don’t be fooled by the term “pub” – beyond the comfortable atmosphere, the decor, food, and drink offerings do not reflect the casual approach of an American or British style public house. Named for a Japanese trick-taking card game, Two Ten Jack is a suave, contemporary “nouveau cuisine” establishment for foodies and hipsters.
There’s something to be said about how seriously a neighborhood bar and burger joint takes it’s commitment to good beer when it sports a hanging Chimay logo prominently above the bar. M.L. Rose has two menus on each table: a food menu, and a seasonal, separate beer menu. The beer menu is three times the size of the food menu. With 20 taps and 90-something beers available in bottles (and a few cans), it’s clear what the main attraction is.
We visited the Melrose location (there is a second location in West Nashville) during Friday happy hour. Here are the results of my flight:
Black Abbey is a recently founded (opened in 2013) local brewery whose success is a unique Nashville success story. Their beers are available in over 100 venues throughout Nashville and the surrounding counties. Black Abbey’s “legend” – posted on each table in the taproom and on their website – describes how the brewery’s founders derive their inspiration from the travails of Martin Luther and his defrocked nun wife Katherine von Bora, who allegedly brewed “the best beer in Wittenberg”. The legend then makes the leap to their choice of brewing styles by stating that “Katherine crafted ales that were likely more similar to today’s Belgian-style ales than to the lagers for which Germany is famous.
Welcome to my very first blog post. You can expect this blog (=beer log) to discuss all things beer from the perspective of a Nashville beer drinker and home brewer, although I reserve the right to go off-topic if it suits me! Please bear with me as I learn how to negotiate the technology, and as I decide what to write about, and how.
My beer interests largely revolve around my home brewery and my fascination with the American craft beer phenomenon, although they include a strong interest in traditional imported styles (especially English and Belgian). The craft beer movement is exploding here in Music City, with several new excellent breweries having opened in the last few years, and availability of craft brews from around the country in restaurants, bars, and stores growing at an exponential rate. It is truly a beer renaissance.
I first started brewing beer at home 20 years ago, and have seen the home brewing hobby grow tremendously in the years since as well (much more on this in future posts). Home brewers today can emulate virtually any style they wish with available techniques, equipment, and ingredients, and the practice of home brewing so naturally complements and overlaps that of checking out what folks who have gotten their priorities straight are doing commercially (getting it out of the garage and into distribution!).
Hoping this will be fun and informative for both me and you – cheers!