Yazoo Brewing Co. – The Gulch

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Address

910 Division St. Nashville,
Tennessee 37203

Phone

(615) 891-4649

Website
First Visited

July 20, 2017

Yazoo Brewing Company’s story is well founded, starting with owner Linus Hall’s passion for homebrewer to formulating Nashville’s first craft beer brewery since Prohibition. For the record, the name Yazoo Brewing is in homage to Linus and Lila Hall’s hometown of Vicksburg, Mississippi and the stately Yazoo River that transverses the city. Linus and Lila held corporate positions and eventually decided that brewing beer was simply more exciting than climbing the corporate ladder.

The couple moved to Nashville to realize their dreams of entering the craft beer arena. Linus Hall earned an MBA from Vanderbilt University and also a craft brewing degree form the American Brewers Guild in California. He then interned with New York’s Brooklyn Brewery before returning to Nashville to begin his entrance into craft brewing as a means of existence.

Yazoo Brewing Company saw the first light of day on October 3, 2003 in the historic Marathon Motor Works building, In the ensuing years, Yazoo Brewing has become the iconic brewing model for the State of Tennessee and many of the region’s surrounding areas.

Yazoo initially self-distributed kegs of their popular beers, Pale Ale, Dos Perros, Spring Wheat, and Onward Stout to local bars and restaurants, which is how they quickly gained an enthusiastic local following.

In 2005, the Spring Wheat was replaced with their now much more popular and award winning Hefeweizen, and they began bottling their beers. They also started brewing other styles of beers the locals loved, such as their Sly Rye Porter and Hop Project IPA. By 2009, Yazoo had brewed Tennessee’s first legal high-gravity ale that they called SUE, which was a smoked Porter that paid homage to the South’s inclination to smoke all kinds of foods.

In 2010, Yazoo Brewing moved to The Gulch, housed in a 24,250 square foot building in one of Nashville’s most attractive neighborhoods. This location added a new 40-barrel brewhouse, with room to produce much more beer and innovate with new beer styles.

In early 2019, Yazoo Brewing Co. purchased 6.5 acre campus and invested nearly $5 million into the brewery’s new Madison location at 900 River Bluff Drive overlooking the scenic Cumberland River that flows down through Nashville and closed the Gulch location.

The new location, has a 5,000-square-foot taproom, 24,000-square-foot brewery and features an outdoor patio that wraps around the building. That’s double the space of Yazoo’s former Gulch spot

From a chance purchase of a homebrewing kit from the back pages of Rolling Stone Magazine to 15+ years and multiple Great American Beer Festival award-winning brews in the heart of Music City, it would be an understatement to say that it’s been an amazing ride… And Were Just Getting Started!

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