The 10 Best Breweries in Tennessee!

Is there anything cooler than getting to sip on your favorite brews AND see how they’re made? From barrel-aged classics to delicious seasonal selections, Tennessee’s breweries will please even the pickiest drinker. If you’re in the mood for a fizzy beer to loosen up after a long day of work, or just hoping to enjoy a few drinks with your friends, these breweries in Tennessee make for a great way to socialize and relax. 

1. Yazoo Brewery, Nashville, TN

This brewery started with the purchase of a home-brewing kit back in the 90s. From there, founder Linus Hall began gaining local recognition for his beers and opened a new brewery in The Gulch neighborhood of Nashville. Try Tennessee’s first ever legal high-gravity brew, The Yazoo Sue, and you’ll definitely be coming back for more!

2. Ghost River Brewing Co., Memphis, TN

If you’re looking for a unique Memphis Brewery check out Ghost River Brewing Company. They use the “best water on Earth” for their beers. The Memphis Sand Aquifer is naturally purified and perfect to use to create fresh, local brews. They even donate to river conservation for every barrel sold! Come here to support a good cause while enjoying a cold one.

3. Chattanooga Brewing Co., Chattanooga, TN

This brewing company was originally opened in 1890 but had to halt business operations during the start of the prohibition era in 1915. Back in 2006 the two owners met at a tavern and created the plans to bring this iconic Chattanooga watering hole back to life. Stop in to enjoy a cold drink and some food from their tasting room!

4. Jackalope Brewery, Nashville, TN

Jackalope’s female founders met while studying abroad and eventually their passion for home brewing led to the brewery’s opening in 2011. With both year-round and seasonal selections, this local spot is a favorite among beer lovers in Nashville. 

5. Wiseacre Brewing Co., Memphis, TN

The brothers who founded this brewery named it after the term their stern grandmother used to scold them when they were young mischief-makers. Stop by this Memphis taproom for a top-notch drinking experience that’s perfect to bring a group of friends.

6. Crafty Bastard Brewery, Knoxville, TN

This Knoxville gem is a nanobrewery just a few minutes outside of Old City. Specializing in unconventional crafts, patrons will find fruity, smoky and hop-heavy selections to choose from. With an ever-changing menu, be sure to check back often to try their new brews.

7. Big Frog Brewery, Chattanooga, TN

Big Frog creates some of the best small-batch ales in the state for travelers and Tennesseans to enjoy. Their brews are created by hand and veterans own the business. Try one of their IPAs or porters to savor one of the most smooth and high quality drinks on our list. 

8. High Cotton Brewing Co., Memphis, TN

Crediting their success with hard work, motivation and a little bit of luck, High Cotton Brewing produces some of the most delicious drinks in the Memphis area. Head over to their taproom for a tour and to give it a try!

9. Tennessee Brew Works, Nashville, TN

Tennessee Brew Works is known as one of the best breweries in Music City. What started as a hobby turned in to a great business where friends enjoy beer crafted using one of the most “green” methods in the South. 

10. Johnson City Brewing Company, Johnson City, TN

The Latham family decided to turn one of their greatest passions and hobbies into a business in 2014. Located in the historic downtown area of Johnson City, this brewery is surrounded by the gorgeous foothills of The Appalachians. Stop in after exploring the mountains! 

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