Each department for Tennessee Craft Beer Magazine highlights the excursions, lifestyles of craft beer, home brewing, beer pairings and more.


10 (Last Minute) Gifts for Craft Beer Lovers

By David Nelson, Guest Author

If you are like me then you methodically checked your list,picked out presents, and wrapped them early. Then you realized you completely forgot that key person in your life you just have to give a gift! Then you remember they have a passion and love for...Read More »

Cigar City Brewing Partners with James Clay- UK Distribution

Photo Credit: Cigar City Brewing.

Cigar City Brewing (CCB) will continue their international expansion from their Tampa-based brewery’s distribution network in the United Kingdom. CCB will partner with James Clay, UK’s leading craft  beer distribution. This will include the award-winning Jai Alai IPA that will be throughout Britain. Twelve-ounce cans and...Read More »

Only Drink the Best


Craft beer is all about flavor. If your goal is to get “plastered,” there are plenty of less expensive and quicker options. You are drinking craft beer because you want more from your beer than just alcohol, but what “more” is supposed to...Read More »

Chattanooga: Take a Tour with Chattabrew Tour

Written by: Kim Stanley

Chattanooga has many breweries that continue to grow and thrive in the Scenic City. If you are a domestic beer lover or a craft beer connoisseur, you will find a brewery in Chattanooga that fits your palate. The list goes on by popular names that people may...Read More »

CANarchy Donates to Can'd Aid Foundation with Mixed Pack

For the first time, CANarchy Craft Brewery is offering their VOL.1 Mixed Pack of some of their favorite brews. Some of the beers you can find are: Jai Alai IPA–Cigar City, Black Ale–Perrin Brewing, Hop Rising IPA–Squatters Craft Beers, and Dale’s Pale Ale–Oskar Blues.

CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective members have partnered...Read More »

Death by CoconutPorter Returns from Oskar Blues

The cult classic – Death by Coconut Porter, an Irish porter will return Winter 2018 with kickoff events in their taprooms on October 5th.

Death by Coconut was a brew originally by Shamrock Brewing in 2014, and earned a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival in the chocolate beer...Read More »

Yazoo Brewing and Elizabeth Cook Benefit Music Health Alliance

The second annual “Heal the Music Day” will be held on October 19th with Yazoo Brewing and Outlaw Country queen/Sirius XM radio host Elizabeth Cook for The Ben Eyestone Fund at The Music Health Alliance. In conjunction with The Ben Eyestone Fund, the two have teamed up to create a...Read More »

Tennessee Breweries Win at 2018 Great American Beer Festival

Featured photo: (Left to Right)  Anna Laizure, Ashley May Valente, Charlie (Craft Brewers Association), and Chase Wilkerson. From Nashville Brewing Co.

Over the weekend, the Great American Beer Festival was hosted at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. A competition was held with over 102 beer categories covering 167 beer...Read More »

Fall is Here, Spice it Up with Punkin Ale by Dogfish Head

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery’s Punkin Ale is back once again! This ale first released in 1995, and is now one of the best-selling pumpkin beers in the United States. The Punkin Ale is at a 7% ABV, full-bodied brown ale, and is now available on taps and shelves in a...Read More »

2018 CANarchy Craft Breweries at the Great American Beer Festival

The Great American Beer Festival is officially here, and for the first time all seven CANarchy craft breweries will be pouring their beers.

To find each CANarchy brewery, they will be between booths #100-110, side by side pouring their beers for you. Here is a list of all the breweries, and...Read More »

4th Annual Honey Beer Competition 2018

September is National Honey Month! The National Honey Board just announced the results of their 4th Annual Honey Beer Competition. More than 165 beers made with honey competed in their beer style category and Best in Show.

Biloba Frambois from Bioloba Brewing from Brookfield, Wisconsin, went home with Best in Show...Read More »

Yuengling's Golden Pilsner arrives to Tennessee!

Photo Credit: D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc.


Yuengling & Pilsner fans, rejoice! Yuengling, America’s Oldest Brewery, is bringing their recently released Golden Pilsner to Tennessee!

Photo Credit: D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc.

The Yuengling Golden Pilsner is a refreshing,...Read More »

Brewers Association Supports Small and Independent Brewers

The Brewers Association (BA) announced August 29th, 2018, their new slogan, “That’s Independence You’re Tasting,” to promote independent craft beer brewers.

Now, if you don’t know who the Brewers Association is, they are not-for-profit trade association focused on all small and independent craft brewers. The new slogan brings a positive message...Read More »

Consistency, Focus and Dedication; Matt Simpson, Leading the Band at Tennessee Brew Works

By Rob Shomaker

It was the early ‘90s and an irate post commander marched swiftly across Fort Lewis just outside of Tacoma, Washington. Rumor was that illegal alcohol was being produced in C Company of the 2nd Ranger Battalion and this 2-star general was going...Read More »


Following a year of successful trials Plater Bio is now manufacturing a natural ingredient that could revolutionise the real ale industry! The product is called chitosan and is extracted from specially cultured fungi.

This radical development makes Plater Bio the only manufacturer of fungal chitosan outside of China. It is...Read More »

Beer Festival Etiquette

Beer Festival Etiquette 101: Do’s and Don’ts

Get yo’ friends together.

Now that the warm weather has arrived, you can expect to see a beer fest take place every other weekend. These days they are a dime a dozen; some are better than...Read More »

What’s the big deal about high gravity beer in Tennessee?

For starters, a high gravity beer is based upon the specific state guidelines which set forth what they will permit to be brewed within the state. For Tennessee, it was previously set below 6.3%. Many of us are now rejoicing since as of January 1st, the alcohol by volume (ABV)...Read More »

Beer 101 - An Idiot's Guide to Beer

Hello fellow beer enthusiasts, the purpose of the particular article is to help educate those people in the ever- expanding craft beer world who are new to craft beer or have questions as to what certain things mean. As a beertender, I am often asked questions like what does...Read More »

Christmas Seasonal Ales Tasting Notes - Terrapin

Terrapin – Moo-Hoo Stout

This is a stout in the truest of styles. Opaque black to slightly illuminated brown halo displays no carbonation while a light to medium body in the stout style is represented in the glass. The aromas of dark roasted malt and chocolate play with...Read More »

Lindsey's Weekly Top 5 Beer Picks

Sweetwater Hashbrown Indian Brown Ale

Catch and Release Series! Sweetwater Hashbrown IBA is almost gone for the season. Better hurry in to catch this delicious beer on tap or in a six-pack. Hashbrown IBA is fired to a toasty 420 degrees. This grainy concoction is a base of...Read More »

Lindsey's Top Five Beer Picks

Ballast Point California Amber
The California Amber is a rich copper ale with inspiration
from traditional English ESBs. Four types of malts give it a
bold complexity, and their own proprietary yeast
strain lends it a fruity yet subtle richness.
American hops give this ale a distinct...Read More »

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Tasting notes from Black Belle from Blackstone Brewery

Blackstone Brewery has been working with Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery who creates the amazing creations of Belle Meade Bourbon. Blackstone has partnered with Nelson’s Green Brier to create a brew that is in “NO WAY FOR THE FAINT OF HEART”!

I wasn’t expecting what I found in the bottle. This beer...Read More »

Joseph Lenn Showcases Traditional Wood-Fire Cooking and Local Beer at J.C. Holdway in Knoxville

Blackberry Farm alum and James Beard award-wining chef Joseph Lenn opened J.C. Holdway to showcase locally and regionally sourced ingredients cooked using traditional wood-fire techniques. The restaurant name and mission also honor Lenn’s Uncle Joe Holdway, a life-long bachelor and...Read More »

Lindsey’s Weekly Top 5

It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally HERE! As we ring in the New Year, craft beer lovers can rejoice! What do you mean, Lindsey? Well, let me tell you! Your favorite Casual Pint can FINALLY carry beer up to 10.1%. What does this mean...Read More »

Christmas Seasonal Ales Tasting Notes - Abita

Abita – Christmas Ales

The Abita Christmas Ale shines as a true contender on my holiday tasting this year. I found the Abita Christmas Ale to be a beautiful hue of dark orange copper.   With a determined stream of bubbles the effervescence disappears into a nice think head. Hints...Read More »

Tasting Notes, 2016 Winter Saison Blackberry Farm


The Blackberry Farms Winter Saison 2016 was a surprising beer that I had the pleasure to taste right before Thanksgiving. What I found surprising with this beer was how in many ways it resembled a Dunkelweizen with a blatant exhibition of light and dark wheat and yeast that developed...Read More »

Beer 101 - An Idiot's Guide to Beer

Hello fellow beer enthusiasts, the purpose of the particular article is to help educate those people in the ever- expanding craft beer world who are new to craft beer or have questions as to what certain things mean. As a beertender, I am often asked questions like what does...Read More »

Lindsey's Weekly Top 5

New Locations for the The Casual Pint Opening in Hixson, TN on December 2nd and in Sevierville, TN  on December 23rd

This Weeks Top 5 Beers from the Causal Pint are:

North Coast: Old No. 38 Stout

Old No. 38 Stout is named for a retired California Western Railroad steam...Read More »

Christmas Seasonal Ales Tasting Notes - Harpoon

Harpoon – UFO Winter Blond Ale

This beer pours light straw yellow and a decent moderate white head. The aromas from the initial pour surprise with a definite coffee tone. The mouth flavor is typical blonde profiles with a prominent fresh brewed ice coffee flavor. The overall experience is...Read More »

Thanksgiving Pairings from Lindsey's

The Black Abbey: Guy Fawkes

Remember, Remember, The Black Abbey Guy Fawkes of November? This seasonal brew is a perfect pairing with your traditional bird. The English Brown Ale blends English malts and American hops to create slightly smoky well-rounded brown ale. With only 18 IBUs this subtle...Read More »

Lindsey's Weekly Top 5 Beer Picks

Highland: Cold Mountain Winter Ale

Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale. ‘Tis the season! Highland finally released its annual seasonal brew! Cold Mountain is a winter warmer that has a malty body with a mixture of spices with hints of vanilla flavors. Check out ALL Casual Pint locations in...Read More »

Lindsey's top 5 Beer Picks for the week

Einstök Icelandic White Ale

Not only do I recommend this beer, but tons of my friends have fallen in love with this full-flavored crisp white ale. Einstök Brewery is located just 60 miles south of the Artic circle in Akureyri, Iceland. They use the purest and freshest water from rain and...Read More »

Greenman The Thriller Saison - Beer Review

It’s close to midnight and something evil’s lurking in the dark. Well, not evil. Delicious, but not evil. ‘Cause this is Thriller.

Greenman’s fall seasonal is a Blood Orange Saison. The glowing yellow eyes give you a hint that Thriller is a different kind of beer. Along...Read More »

Christmas Seasonal Ales Tasting Notes - Terrapin

Terrapin – Moo-Hoo Stout

This is a stout in the truest of styles. Opaque black to slightly illuminated brown halo displays no carbonation while a light to medium body in the stout style is represented in the glass. The aromas of dark roasted malt and chocolate play with...Read More »

Donate Candy to U.S. Troops & Veterans

Sedona Taphouse will be a collection site for the Soldiers’ Angels, Treats for Troops program. All candy collected will be for the Treats for Troops Halloween Candy drive to be distributed to deployed service members around the world or to veterans in VA hospitals across the country. Guests can donate...Read More »

Elkmont Exchange

Charcuterie boards and unique pours

By Jill Thompson

Photos Courtesy of Elkmont Exchange

Elkmont Exchange Brewery and Eating House is something new, something adventurous. Whether it is through their charcuterie program or their sour beer lineup, they have...Read More »

Recipe: Yuengling Oktoberfest Fondue

Featured photo credit: Yuengling

Do you love cheese and beer? Look no further than this recipe for an Oktoberfest Fondue by Yuengling.


  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 c Yuengling® Oktoberfest Beer
  • 2 c grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 c grated Emmentaler cheese
  • 2 Tbs cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 c crumbled Roquefort cheese
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp Tabasco sauce or to...Read More »

Recipe: Fireball Cinnamon Whisky Pumpkin Pie

From the website,

We tried out BBQ Pit Boy’s Fireball Cinnamon Whisky Pumpkin Pie! We have to say, it is pretty awesome! So here is the recipe for you to try it at home.


New Menu for Gray & Dudley at 21c Musuem Hotel by Executive Chef Rob Newton

Photo Credit: Gray & Dudley; Executive Chef Rob Newton

Nashville’s 21c Museum Hotel, award-winning boutique hotel, contemporary art museum and restaurant group, are vamping up their new menu by Rob Newton, executive chef of Gray & Dudley.

Newton, originally from Arkansas, has lived and worked...Read More »

Beer + Food Travel: Stout Burgers and Beer

Written by: Nancy Vienneau

Think about all the times you’ve sat down to a burger and a beer. You ‘most always associate it with a good feeling, one of those basic All-American pleasures, right? And, if it happens to be an insanely delicious burger coupled with a phenomenal craft brew, you’ve...Read More »

Nancy Vienneau's Stout Cupcakes

These Chocolate-Filled Chocolate Stout Cupcakes are fantastic treats to share with the ones you love. (It will be Valentine’s Day day tomorrow!) The recipe comes from Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook, which holds a bounty of delicious seasonal recipes designed for a group.

Splurge with these cupcakes—there’s a little...Read More »

The Pour House Bistro + Wine Bar - Crossville, TN

Sometimes it pays to go off the beaten path. For those of us who seem to be keeping I-40 hot between three of Tennessee’s major cities, the interstate fare between those places can be uninspiring at best. If you’re willing to go a little further than the ring of...Read More »

Bitchin's Kitchens ~ Homegrown Taproom and Marketplace

Homegrown Taproom & Marketplace opened its doors last year in an unassuming strip mall in Donelson, bringing local and regional craft beer and food to the expanding neighborhood 15-minutes East of downtown Nashville. With a relaxed and inviting atmosphere, Homegrown has quickly become a neighborhood hangout for locals...Read More »

The Art of Craft Beer

The road leading up to Blackberry Farm winds gently through the hills of East Tennessee. Transition abounds along the way as farms and homes are slowly being buttressed by modern creations that pay homage to the past with an eye towards the future. Blackberry Farm lies at...Read More »

Chef Jason Rogers of Oskar Blues at Hangout Oyster Cookoff w/ Melissa Corbin

The 9th Annual Hangout Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend took place November 4-5, 2016 on the sugary white sands of Gulf Shores, Alabama. During the craft beer portion of the festival on Friday night, attendees sipped from more than 20 breweries including regional favorites such as Read More »

The Humidor; Old School Feel, New School Tastes

Oliva V Melanio Gran Reserva Limitada with Yee Haw Dunkel beer

Town squares have been staples of bustling city downtowns for centuries. They have been the epicenter of commerce,...Read More »

Smoker's Abbey; East Nashville's One-Stop Shop

In the heart of East Nashville, where Gallatin Avenue turns into Main St. is a small slice of heaven where locals and tourists can gather 7 days a week…and most days, into the wee hours of the morning. Smoker’s Abbey, which opened in 2013, is a small neighborhood...Read More »

Tennessee Waltzing

As with most things that some view as “trendy”, the art of making and enjoying small batch and craft beer has been around for decades. Much like the cigar boom of the 90’s, people are starting to pay particular attention to craft brewing and it’s popularity…and as a result we...Read More »

Seasoned Sunday: Sausage and Beer at Wedge Oak Farm

Tennessee Craft Beer Magazine and Wedge Oak Farm are hosting “Seasoned Sunday: Sausage and Beer” at Wedge Oak Farm, just off I-40 near Lebanon, on Sunday, November 11th from 12-5. Seasoned Sunday was born from the friendship between Tennessee Craft Beer Magazine Editor in Chief David Wingo and...Read More »

Lodge Cast Iron and ORCA Coolers Spring Giveaway

To celebrate of our new editor in chief, David Wingo, our friends at two outstanding Tennessee companies have put together an amazing gift package for one of our new subscribers. Inspired by some of David’s passions, Lodge Cast Iron and ORCA Coolers have generously donated almost $500 worth of grilling...Read More »

From the Publisher: There's Never Been a Better Time for Craft Beer in Nashville

While the brewing industry across the country is eagerly anticipating CBC, Nashville breweries are working nonstop to uphold the fine standard of hosting for which the south is so famous. Our great state welcomes beer industry professionals and the innovation that is sure to result from this meeting of the...Read More »

Editor's Corner

Time for another round. We are getting better and more efficient and

now expect to be on schedule for the actual seasons. So we pulled a sort of Monty Python and the Holy Grail move and skipped summer and moved directly into fall. This will make everything more timely and...Read More »