A Nashville Classic: Yazoo Brewing Company

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 andย 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 Brewing CompanyYazoo 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.ย 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.

Yazoo Brewing CompanyBrewery 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.

Yazoo Brewing Company

My favorite Yazoo beers

Gerst –ย 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:ย  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.

Yazoo Brewing Company

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.

One of my favorite ways to get to know a city is to drink its local beer! It doesn't get more Nashville than Yazoo Brewing Company. Don't miss their tour on your next visit to Nashville.

Have you ever done a brewery tour? If so where was it and did you like it?

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  • I would love to explore Nashville more! I was only there for a day back in 2013 but now that my parents have moved to Kentucky, I might be able to see more the next time I am home! Plus what better than an awesome new brewery to check out! #WednesdayWanderlust

    • Nashville is an awesome city with so much personality! definitely worth a weekend trip or longer if you have the time!

  • The boyfriend and I are planning to visit Dublin for Christmas so a tour of Guiness is definitely on his wish list! I don’t really like to drink beer but I’d be interested to learn more about the production process and history of the brewery too!

    • ahh how fun it would be to go to such a huge and well-known brewery! It real is an interesting process and they are so precise about their product, which is great for me as a beer lover ๐Ÿ™‚

  • This would have been perfect for us to do during our trip to Nashville last year! I’m so sad that we missed out! I guess that means that we’ll have to go again soon!
    I’m with you though on liking to visit local breweries. It’s just a fun way to experience a city and get a feel for what it’s like. We have a favorite craft brewery in Houston, and what makes it even better is the fact that my brother in law works for them so we got a lot of free beer!

    • ahh yay for free beer! i’ve taken quite a few brewery tours in different states and different cities and i have to say, beer people are extremely passionate about what they do! people who just think beer is beer are so wrong! these people put in so much time and precision into producing the same product every time! it’s incredible.

      • You’re 100% right about beer people being very passionate. A lot goes into making beer, and once you’ve tasted good beer you really can’t go back to drinking the bad stuff again. My brother in law is one of those passionate people, and it’s gotten to the point that they plan a good portion of their vacations around beer!

  • Totally with you on the craft beer loving scene. We went to Yazoo when we were in Nashville last- so cute!

    • yay! glad you liked Yazoo as well! it was such a cute tour, but I also loved it’s location right in the Gulch, which is just the cutest little area.

  • Sounds like an awesome tour!! Since I’m allergic to beer, I try to go on wine tours whenever I visit new places. Sightseeing + booze is the ultimate combo, right?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • haha yes!! 100% agreed! I have done several beer tours but never a wine tour ๐Ÿ™
      I’d love to go to Napa and do a wine themed vacation there! of course with some girlfriends because my fiancรฉ wouldn’t appreciate it nearly the same as a group of girls would ๐Ÿ™‚

  • What, all these for $8?! Great price for such an amazing tour! I would definitely love to taste their Mexican Amber beer!

    • I know right!?! So affordable! and the sample pours were very generous! The Mexican amber was delicious! behind the Gerst it was my favorite of the entire day.

  • I have to say I’m a new “lover of beer”… I guess I’ll call myself a liker for now, but I always love a good brewery tour. I think for me the issue is the bubbles. I love the taste, but if I drink too much I just feel bloated and full. I unfortunately didn’t get to Nashville during my time spent down south, but it’s so far up on my USA bucket list. The way you talk about this brewery I think I’ll be scheduling it in! Looks like a fun trip! Thanks for sharing and linking up for #wanderfulwednesday! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Nashville is the best and truly one of my favorite USA cities! In my early drinking days (long before I was 21, haha oopsie) I thought beer was the grossest thing. Then when I was 19 I backpacked through south east asia and drank beer the entire time. (i was told it was safer: water/ice cubes there being sketchy. also less of a chance of someone slipping something into a narrow beer bottle top than a large open glass). at first it was painful, but by the end of my 8 week trip I was a beer liker! from there I started trying more beer back in the states and since that time I have found what I like in a beer and what i don’t (which is always helpful). and now I am officially a beer lover! but it’s taken a while. haha ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I so agree with you, I love unique beers and for me, the sweeter and fruitier the better! What a fun experience, this is something I would love to do ๐Ÿ™‚ #wanderfulwednesday

    • there are some amazing fruity summer time beers that are just the most refreshing thing on a hot summer day. There’s a Wisconsin based brewery called Leinkugels that makes a Berry Weiss beer that is my favorite summer beer on the planet! they also make a Summer Shandy that is pretty spectacular as well.