I love beer.
Like, love LOVE beer.
But not regular beer. I don’t remember the last time I drank a Bud or Miller Light. I love craft beer and specialty beer, made by local and small operation brewers.
I’ve been on several brewery tours before and I’m going to be honest; the recipe for beer and the process for making it doesn’t change, ever. It’s always the same. Literally every time. Even with knowing that fact, one of my favorite things to do when traveling is to do a brewery tour of a local craft beer brewer.
Yazoo started in 1993 as nothing but a college kid making his own beer in his dumpy college house. He was amazed that what he was making actually tasted really good and continued to brew and get better and better at doing so. Ten years later the operation had grown and Yazoo was selling 4 different beers in kegs to local restaurants and bars in Nashville. By 2010, they had outgrown their original brewery and moved into a bigger space in the Nashville neighborhood called The Gulch, which is where they still are today.
Brewery tours are almost never about teaching people how beer is made. As I said before, most people know how beer is made. To me brewery tours are about hearing the story of how a local favorite started and how it’s grown since then. I loved learning about Yazoo’s humble beginnings and loved seeing how truly passionate their employees are about the product their making.
My favorite Yazoo beers
Gerst – hands-down my favorite Yazoo beer, and quite possibly my favorite Amber beer ever.
Dos Perros – Yazoo’s Mexican-style Amber. This beer has a little sharper flavor to it than the Gerst Amber, but with a nice smooth finish.
Pale Ale: I am not a hop lover. I can’t do IPA’s and especially can’t do double IPA’s but I love a Pale Ale with a stubble hop flavor to it like this beer.
If you go
- Yazoo is open for brewery tours Wednesday-Saturday.
- Tours are $8 per person and include a 5oz. souvenir glass and beer samples during the tour.
- Wednesday tours are at 5 & 6 pm. Packing and brewing is more than likely still going on during this time so you’ll get to see the action happening in full force!
- Saturday tours begin at noon and run every 30 minutes. The last tour starting at 5pm. Brewing and Package doesn’t not happen on the weekends, so you won’t be able to see the beer making in progress.
- As of right now, Yazoo is growing at an incredible rate, BUT as of right now it’s only distributed in Tennessee, Mississippi and northern Alabama.