Tennessee is home to a number of craft breweries throughout the state. A large amount of breweries have popped up rather recently, seemingly trying to make up for the state’s previous lack of commercial breweries. The dramatic rise in craft breweries in Tennessee is partially due to a loosening of restrictions by the government of the state starting in 2016. From Great Smoky Mountains to the banks of the Mississippi River, there are now plenty of destination-worthy brews to for both visitors and residents alike to try and enjoy.
» Bearded Iris Brewing
© Bearded Iris Brewing
The taproom at Bearded Iris Brewing brings both new and old friends together from far and near to inspire lofty plans, exchange ideas, share stories, and above all, drink beer. Whether customers are grabbing a beer after a day of errands, after a morning bike ride or run, or after a long day of work, the tap room is a great place to relax and enjoy a pint or two. The taproom allows visitor to bring their own food and is kid-friendly. Customer can also bring their pets in the outdoor patio area. Cultivating variety is what drives Bearded Iris Brewing.
101 Van Buren St, Nashville, TN 37208, Phone: 615-928-7988
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» Sleepy Owl Brewery
© Sleepy Owl Brewery
Sleepy Owl Brewery is a small, three-barrel brewery with a concentration on producing small batches of craft beers, using quality ingredients and brewed completely in-house. The brewery uses gluten free and non-GMO year, hops, and organic malt in its beer making process. In addition to house-made brews, the Taproom at Sleepy Owl Brewery offers other regional craft beers on tap as well in a family-friendly environment. Visitors can also get beers to take home with them. From 4:00pm to 5:00pm on Mondays through Fridays, guests can take advantage of Happy Hour specials. There are often food trucks and occasionally live music.
151 East Main St, Kingsport, TN 37660, Phone: 423-274-4458
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» Blackhorse Pub & Brewery
© Blackhorse Pub & Brewery
The Blackhorse Pub & Brewery actually has two breweries, one in Clarksville and one Knoxville. The Tap Room is located at the Clarksville location, offering drink specials, darts, pool tables, and live music in a relaxing atmosphere until two or three in the morning. The pub offers sandwiches, salads, pastas, steaks, gourmet pizza, and more. Brunch is also served on the weekends. The Knoxville brewery produces favorites such as the classic Hefeweizen, Vanilla Cream Ale, and Blackhorse IPA, while the Clarksville brewery is expanding Blackhorse’s barrel aging program with beers like Barrel Aged Peach Saison and Barrel Aged Southern Imperial Stout.
132 Franklin St, Clarksville, TN 37040, Phone: 931-552-3726
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» Blackstone Brewing Co
© Blackstone Brewing Co
The Blackstone Brewing Company is the most award-winning and oldest brewery in Nashville, Tennessee. They have been producing craft bee in the city since 1994. The TapHouse at Blackstone features sixteen beers on tap and offers flights, six packs, and growlers. Instead of a food truck, the brewery has a food bus on-site generally whenever the TapHouse is open. The Bus opens at 2:00pm on Saturdays and is closed on Mondays. The menu includes fish and chips, fries, burgers, and more. The TapHouse is open 4:00pm-8:00pm Monday through Friday, 12:00pm-8:pm on Saturday, and 2:00pm-6:00pm on Sunday.
2312 Clifton Ave, Nashville TN 37209, Phone: 615-320-9002
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» Crafty Bastard Brewery
© Crafty Bastard Brewery
Founded in 2014, the Crafty Bastard Brewery specializes in creating unconventional craft beers. Located just two minutes away from Knoxville’s downtown Old City, the nanobrewery keeps itself small in order to provide top-quality beer that is the most unique in eastern Tennessee. Crafty Bastard produces hop-heavy English-style craft beers, smoky porters, and tropical flavored IPAs, in addition to infusions and casks. Beers offered at the taproom are on a constant rotation. Food trucks are also on the grounds of the brewery from 6:00pm to 9:00pm on weekdays, and 2:00pm to 8:00pm on weekends.
6 Emory Place Knoxville, TN 37917, Phone: 865-755-2358
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» Fanatic Brewing Company
© Fanatic Brewing Company
Along with its four flagship beers, the Fanatic Brewing Company produces several one-offs and seasonal beers throughout the year. The founder of the brewery, Marty Velas, has been brewing beer since before it was cool. Originally student in engineering, Velas fell in love with Pilsner beer during a trip in Europe. It was a beer mostly unheard of at the time in America. More than forty years later, the brewery now makes around three thousand barrels each year of beer. The four flagship beers are the Fanatic Blacks, the Fanatic Pale Ale, the Tennessee Red, and the Tennessee Blonde.
2735 N. Central St, Knoxville, TN 37917, Phone: 865-548-2327
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» Hexagon Brewing Company
© Hexagon Brewing Company
The Taproom of the Hexagon Brewing Company offers freshly brewed craft beer each day of the week. Visitors can grab a bite to eat from the on-site food truck of the day, listen to live music, or just have a good conversation with friends and fellow beer lovers. The taproom includes wood dining tables and chairs, offering a place where friends can gather around a table for a few pints. There is also a massive projection screen television that is used to show the big games. Products from local artisans are often used in producing the beers to support the community.
1002 Dutch Valley Dr, Knoxville, TN 37918, Phone: 865-888-5138
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» High Cotton Brewing Company
© High Cotton Brewing Company
The High Cotton Brewing Company wasn’t founded to simply create quality craft beer, but to also pay homage to its Southern Heritage through its name and to brew the beer in a way that paid homage to the heritage as well. Tours of the High Cotton Brewery are offered on Saturday afternoons at 3:00pm, and there is a Tap Room as well where visitors can try a pint or two. The brewing company knows that bumper crops never just happened. They took a bit of luck, perspiration, and inspiration. It is the same process that the brewery brings to everything it does.
598 Monroe Ave, Memphis, TN 38103, Phone: 901-543-4444
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» Honky Tonk Brewing Co.
© Honky Tonk Brewing Co.
The name of “Honky Tonk” was chosen by the founders of Honky Tonk Brewing Company to have a connection to its home of Nashville, Tennessee, to connect to the soul, creativity, and excitement of live music, and also to make sure the brewery didn’t take itself too seriously. Honky Tonk Brewing supports Nashville’s live music scene by helping to promote shows performed at the bars and venues that serve its beer, such as The Meet Room, The Basement East, and 12th and Porter. The Tap Room is open from Wednesday through Saturday, offering a chance to try various beers.
240 Cumberland Bend, Nashville, TN 37228, Phone: 615-742-9770
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» Hutton & Smith Brewing Co.
© Hutton & Smith Brewing Co.
The Hutton and Smith Brewing Company has an unbridled passion for beer and the desire to share the results of their work with thirsty souls is what serves as the inspiration behind the brewery. The brewery is fanatically dedicated to creating great tasting craft beer that can provide beer lovers with an unforgettable tasting experience, taking great pride in their attention to detail and using simple quality ingredients. Visitors can enjoy a flight of pint in the tap house, as well as take a growler home with them. There are numerous different beers to, such as Belay On, Seismic Saison, and On-Sight Alt.
431 East Martin Luther King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37403, Phone: 423-760-3600
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» Jackalope Brewing Co.
© Jackalope Brewing Co.
The Jackalope Brewing Company features a taproom connected to the brewery. The taproom is open every days of the week, starting at 3:00pm Monday through Thursday and 12:00pm Friday through Sunday. Visitors can try Jackalope beers that they won’t be able to try anywhere else. Food trucks are on site throughout the week, tours of the brewery are offered on Friday and Saturday, and free trivia takes place at the brewery’s taproom on Thursdays. Brewery tours are around forty-five minutes in duration and include the tour of the facility, tasting of year-round beers, and a souvenir pint glass.
701 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, Phone: 615-873-4313
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» Johnson City Brewing Company
© Johnson City Brewing Company
Founded in 2014, the Johnson City Brewing Company was started by a small group craft beer enthusiasts and home brewers. Founders Kat and Eric Latham used to invite people to their home to try craft beers and home brews before opening the brewery.The Tap Room at the brewery is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:00pm to 9:00pm, Fridays from 5:00pm to 10:00pm, Saturdays from 1:00pm to 10:00pm, and on Sundays from 1:00pm to 7:00pm. Johnson City Brewing is situated within historic Johnson City, surrounded by the scenic foothills of the region’s Appalachian Mountains.
300 East Main Street, Johnson City, TN 37601, Phone: 423-930-4186
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» JRH Brewing, LLC
© JRH Brewing, LLC
JRH Brewing offers a pet-friendly and family-friend environment in which to enjoy its craft beers. The only food served at the brewery are small snacks, however, visitors are allowed to bring their own food or have outside food delivered. There are also food trucks often on site at the brewery. Visitors can check out the Food Truck Schedule on the JRH Brewing website. Tours of the Brewhouse are available by appointment. The tap room is open six days a week, being closed on Mondays. Tuesday through Saturday, it is open until 10:00pm, and until 7:00pm on Sundays.
458 West Walnut Street Johnson City, TN 37604, Phone: 423-722-3410
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» Last Days Of Autumn Brewing
© Last Days Of Autumn Brewing
At Last Days of Autumn Brewing, their passion goes far beyond that of great beer. The nature that surrounds them serves as inspiration for the brewing company, as well as the surrounding community, the people that live there, and giving back however and whenever possible. The brewery was designed to ensure every advantage to create unique ales in small batches. Small batch brewing allows the brewery to consistently produce exciting and new brews. The goal is to have a beer available that customers haven’t tried before every time they visit. There are not set beer styles at Last Days of Autumn.
808 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917, Phone: 865-202-4298
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» Mayday Brewery
© Mayday Brewery
Mayday Brewery first began in 2012, founded by Ozzy Nelson. Situated within the heart of the city of Murfreesboro, the brewery is a funky pit stop for live music, craft beer, and a focus on building community and family. Tours of Mayday Brewery are offered three times on Saturdays, at 3:00pm, 4:00pm, and 5:00pm. These tours last around thirty to forty minutes and provide a behind-the-scenes look at the brewery. They also features a tasting of the four core beers produced by Mayday with generous samples and a pint glass to take home as a souvenir.
521 Old Salem Road, Murfreesboro, TN 37129, Phone: 615-479-9722
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» McHale's Brewhouse
© McHale's Brewhouse
McHale’s Brewhouse is a great place to enjoy a pint or two and simply relax. This is especially true on Thursdays with the brewery’s Thirsty Thursdays drinks specials. The Brewhouse also provides pool tables and darts, two great games to help customers blow off some steam. Guests grab their drink and then ask a staff member to borrow a set of darts or a pool cue. A variety of craft beers are available on the beer menu, and McHale’s also offers a small food menu. Beers offered in the tap room include Mudslinger, Scottish Pride, The Little Ogre, and Atticus Red.
724 Ashland Terr. Chattanooga, TN 37415, Phone: 423-877-2124
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» Moccasin Bend Brewing Company
© Moccasin Bend Brewing Company
At the Moccasin Bend Brewing Company, the goal isn’t to make “the” perfect beer, but to make the perfect beer for its customers. The brewery wants to be known for equal parts innovation and quality. The brewing company strives to produce truly unique brews that people fall in love with. Its core flagship beers are comfort brewer, welcoming and consistent, that provide a gateway to Moccasin Bend’s more unique beers. The brewery makes stranger, somewhat weird, beers so that people can try something meaningful and truly special. Tuesdays are open mic stand up and Thursdays are open mic music.
3210 S. Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37408, Phone: 423-821-6392
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» New Heights Brewing Company
© New Heights Brewing Company
The New Heights Brewing Company, situated in the heart of the city of Nashville, is a smaller craft brewery that produces a variety of beers, from rich imperial stouts and clean, crisp ales to intensely hoppy IPAs. Located less than one mile away from the downtown area, the Tasting Room of New Heights is open almost seven days a week. Visitors can try one or more of the brewery’s craft beers every day with the exception of Tuesdays. Along with many different beers inside or on the patio, guests can also try four kinds of local Dan’s Gourmet Mac and Cheese.
928 5th Avenue S, Nashville, TN 37203, Phone: 615-490-6901
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» Fat Bottom Brewing Co.
© Fat Bottom Brewing Co.
Fat Bottom Brewing Company cares about good people and good beer, stribing to make craft beers that are sexier and bigger than what people can find at their local bar. The brewery produces a wide array of beer styles from throughout the world, all proudly brewed in the city of Nashville. Located in the Nations neighborhood of West Nashville, visitors can find seating in the bar area, overlooking the brewery, and in the outdoor beer garden. Tours of the Fat Bottom Brewery are available on Friday and Saturday afternoons. Visitors can try the latest beers releases and food pairings at the HopYard.
800 44th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209, Phone: 615-678-5895
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» Alliance Brewing Co
© Alliance Brewing Co
The mission of Alliance Brewing Company is to create quality beer, as well as work with the community to evolve the culture of craft beer. The brewery believes that craft beer is capable of being a lifestyle, and strive to create an active beer culture with outdoor enthusiasts. Located close to the South Knoxville Urban Wilderness, the brewing company supports all who love the great outdoors. Alliance features twelve taps in its Tap Room, offering full pints, half-pints, and tasters to visitors to the brewery. Sodas and ciders are also available for those who don’t drink or are under twenty-one years of age.
1130 Sevier Ave, Knoxville, TN 37920, Phone: 865-247-5355
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» Asgard Brewing Co.
© Asgard Brewing Co.
Asgard Brewing Company is certainly more of a unique brewery in the state of Tennessee. It’s a destination brewery focusing on eco tourism, producing quality beer from a variety of locally sourced and natural ingredients. The brewery brings the smooth, cool beers from the Icelandic region all the way to the heart of Tennessee. The Tap Room at Asgard Brewing Company is open every day of the week except for Monday. Over the year years, the brewery has been collecting the best brewing recipes and traditions. It is named after the world of Asgard from Norse mythology.
104 East 5th St, Columbia, TN 38401, Phone: 888-722-7427
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» Smith & Lentz Brewing
© Smith & Lentz Brewing
The Tasting Room and Brewery of Smith and Lentz Brewing are open every day of the week. The craft brewing company has specifically set itself up to be capable of providing a dynamic assortment of quality beer. The main focus of Smith and Lentz are ales with more hops, such as Pale Ales and IPAs, and lagers. The taproom at the brewery is designed to offer a welcoming atmosphere, whether visitors are alone or looking for a non-pressure, fun, and comfortable place for a larger group. The brewery has a consistent offering of German-Pils and Mosaic IPA.
903 Main St, Nashville, TN 37206, Phone: 615-436-2195
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» Tennessee Brew Works
© Tennessee Brew Works
At Tennessee Brew Works, visitors can join a guided tour of the brewery and learn about the history of the brewing company, the inspiration behind its beers, and unique nature of its brew system. Tours of the Tennessee Brew Works include a tour of the actual brewery and a pint of one of the brews made at the brewery. Brewery tours are offered every Saturday at 3:00pm, 4:00pm, and 5:00pm. Guests can take in the full view of the brewery, enjoy beer centric food, listen to live music, and drink a pint or try a sampler of beer.
809 Ewing Ave, Nashville, TN 37203, Phone: 615-436-0050
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» The Black Abbey Brewing Company, LLC
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The Black Abbey Brewing Company is open every afternoon until eight at night Monday through Saturday, and six in the evening on Sundays. All ages are allowed at the brewing, but of course, visitors must be twenty-one to partake in the beer. The taproom, known as the Fellowship Hall, looks out onto the brewery itself, allowing visitors to see the manufacturing process of the beer, as well as hear and smell everything going on. Tours are offered four times on Saturdays, with each tour lasting around forty-five minutes and including a 16-ounce beer, a souvenir pint glass, and stories of Black Abbey lore.
2952 Sidco Dr, Nashville, TN 37204, Phone: 615-755-0070
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» Wiseacre Brewing Co.
© Wiseacre Brewing Co.
The Wiseacre Brewing Company, founded by Kellan and Davin Bartosch, possesses a dedication to uniquely flavorful, top quality beer that is appealing to progressive and passionate people through good times and education. “Wiseacre” was what the founders’ grandmother used to call them when they were young troublemakers. The Taproom is open from 4:00pm to 10:00pm Monday through Thursday, and from 1:00pm to 10:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays. It’s worth noting that the taproom only accepts credit cards, no cash. Tours of the Wiseacre Brewery are offered at noon on Saturdays, and reservations can be made online.
2783 Broad Ave. Memphis, TN 38112, Phone: 901-888-7000
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25 Best Tennessee Breweries
- Bearded Iris Brewing, Photo: Bearded Iris Brewing
- Sleepy Owl Brewery, Photo: Sleepy Owl Brewery
- Blackhorse Pub & Brewery, Photo: Blackhorse Pub & Brewery
- Blackstone Brewing Co, Photo: Blackstone Brewing Co
- Crafty Bastard Brewery, Photo: Crafty Bastard Brewery
- Fanatic Brewing Company, Photo: Fanatic Brewing Company
- Hexagon Brewing Company, Photo: Hexagon Brewing Company
- High Cotton Brewing Company, Photo: High Cotton Brewing Company
- Honky Tonk Brewing Co., Photo: Honky Tonk Brewing Co.
- Hutton & Smith Brewing Co., Photo: Hutton & Smith Brewing Co.
- Jackalope Brewing Co., Photo: Jackalope Brewing Co.
- Johnson City Brewing Company, Photo: Johnson City Brewing Company
- JRH Brewing, LLC, Photo: JRH Brewing, LLC
- Last Days Of Autumn Brewing, Photo: Last Days Of Autumn Brewing
- Mayday Brewery, Photo: Mayday Brewery
- McHale's Brewhouse, Photo: McHale's Brewhouse
- Moccasin Bend Brewing Company, Photo: Moccasin Bend Brewing Company
- New Heights Brewing Company, Photo: New Heights Brewing Company
- Fat Bottom Brewing Co., Photo: Fat Bottom Brewing Co.
- Alliance Brewing Co, Photo: Alliance Brewing Co
- Asgard Brewing Co., Photo: Asgard Brewing Co.
- Smith & Lentz Brewing, Photo: Smith & Lentz Brewing
- Tennessee Brew Works, Photo: Tennessee Brew Works
- The Black Abbey Brewing Company, LLC, Photo: Courtesy of wavebreak3 - Fotolia.com
- Wiseacre Brewing Co., Photo: Wiseacre Brewing Co.
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