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Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery

Blackstone was Nashville’s first brewpub, opened on New Year’s Eve 1994. Well-known homebrewing author Dave Miller relocated to Nashville from St. Louis to create Blackstone’s line-up of beers, which feature award-winning regular selections and seasonals which rotate through regularly. Located strategically between Vanderbilt and downtown, Blackstone has become a Nashville icon.

It’s my favorite pub. I’ve probably visited the place more than a hundred times since I moved to Nashville over ten years ago. It used to be a consistent hangout for symphony musicians and members of the ballet after performances; I don’t know if that’s still the case as I rarely visit Blackstone at those hours anymore. One of my fondest Nashville memories is a late dinner there after seeing a performance of The Nutcracker at the performing arts center. My daughter was in kindergarten or first grade, and taking dance classes at the ballet’s school. We were seated near a large reserved table which soon filled with dancers, and my exhausted but ecstatic daughter got to meet the ballerina who had danced Clara that night.

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Beer in Nashville 2.0

The site has undergone a major revision this week. Over the last month I’ve been reading other blogs and learning about WordPress to get ideas for a better layout – hopefully the new site will give you ideas about where this is going.

There is a new theme and new content, and a few bells/whistles. Beer in Nashville is now linked to my Instagram account (no FaceBook however, and no plans for it) – I’ll be posting the occasional photo on my feed now and recent photos will be featured on the sidebar. Please follow me if you’re an Instagrammer (yes I follow back).

NEW: the phirx ratings page is now up and current, check this out! This list will be cumulative and kept up to date; it includes all my ratings since February 10.



Hops + Crafts

20140514-170731.jpgthe 36 taps at Hops + Crafts

Hops + Crafts is a small taproom in The Gulch that opened less than a year ago. Already it is gaining a reputation in town as a great place to have a pint or try new offerings from local and regional craft breweries. Hops + Crafts gained national recognition this winter when they made Draft magazine’s annual list of America’s 100 Best Beer Bars 2014. You can read the entire list here:


It’s a small place. There are several tables inside where the bar is and a couple outside in the patio as well. Sliding glass doors separate the bar from the patio, and these were open on the sunny, beautiful afternoon I visited this week. After looking over the current menu (which rotates out pretty frequently) I decided to drink IPAs, and ordered a flight.

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Two Ten Jack

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.

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M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers


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:

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The Black Abbey Brewing Company


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.

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