Drink Your Way Through Music
There’s no need to drive all the way to Lynchburg for whiskey directly from Jack Daniels. There are enough distilleries and breweries within Nashville’s city limits to keep you feeling good for as long as you want. After all, Nashville is known as “a drinking town with a music problem.”
This maker of self-proclaimed “booze for badasses” crafts internationally acclaimed spirits that are lauded in publications from Saveur to Food and Wine. With two locations in Nashville and one in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Corsair has a loyal following that keeps coming back to sample the ever-changing seasonal and experimental offerings. At the headquarters in Nashville’s artsy Houston/Wedgewood neighborhood you can take a tour that includes tastings of the full spirits lineup, rare single barrel bottlings and craft cocktail flights. Enjoy adventurous spirits like quinoa whiskey, red absinthe and pumpkin spice moonshine, as well as humorously named selections like a buckwheat whiskey, called Buck Yeah, and Ryemageddon, a rye whiskey distilled from malted and chocolate rye.
Black Abbey Brewing Company
This brewery wants you to know that their beer is created, not made. Not only is this idea in keeping with the inspiration for the name (see the website for a story about Martin Luther, the Protestant Reformation and a refugee nun turned wife and beer maker), but it also reflects the high, handcrafted quality of the fine ales the company produces.
Tours are offered every Saturday at 1, 2, 3 and 4 pm, and each one includes a souvenir pint glass, a 16 oz. beer and “tales of Black Abbey lore.” Private tours are also available; just send them an email.
Distilled in copper pots and stored in charred, white oak barrels, Prichard’s spirits will please connoisseurs who prefer traditional libations. Highlights include their gold medal Double Barreled Bourbon, their Tennessee Malt Whisky and their New England-style rum. Still, despite this devotion to tradition, Prichard’s is not afraid to experiment, coming up with delectable creations like their Double Chocolate Bourbon, a collaboration with Nashville chocolatier Olive & Sinclair.
Prichard’s Distillery was founded in Kelso, Tennessee, but they have a second location in Nashville at the Fontanel Estate. Once owned by Country Music Hall of Fame member Barbara Mandrell, the 186-acre property now includes tours of the mansion, dining, shopping and lodging, as well as hiking trails, zip-lining and live concerts. Visit the distillery and you can sample everything for free, but there’s no way you’ll want to leave without buying a bottle (or two) to take home.
Fat Bottom Brewing
At its new location in the Nations area, this brewery still stands by its claim to “make beers that are bigger and sexier than what you’ll find at your local bar.” Not only can you tour the brewery (tasting four beers and going home with a souvenir tasting glass), but you can also sit down and relax with some fantastic food—and more beer—at The HopYard, the Fat Bottom’s own restaurant and bier garden.