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Nashville Recommendations
« on: February 28, 2017, 08:28:36 PM »
My step-dad's job has him going to Nashville monthly now and I wanted to reach out to see what spots he should hit. Bars, bottle shops, breweries, beers he should be on the lookout for, restaurants, things to do. I may join him out there one weekend at some point. We shall see. Thanks all!

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Re: Nashville Recommendations
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2017, 09:39:54 PM »
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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2017, 11:25:54 PM »
I think he still posts relatively often. We also have a handful of other people that go.

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Re: Nashville Recommendations
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2017, 11:56:36 PM »
Yazoo is all I can think of, based on what Gale brought to Bracfest.
I'm sure there are more options nowadays... Southern Grist and Bearded Iris look to be highly rated.

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Re: Nashville Recommendations
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2017, 11:21:31 PM »
So lots of changes in Nashville over the past few years... Two smaller breweries to seek out, Bearded Iris and Southern Grist, Bearded Iris is in the northeastern part of the downtown area inside the interstate loop, Southern Grist is in the East Nashville area.  East Nashville is Hipsterville, lots of great food & beer places there.  Yazoo is still pretty solid, look for anything from their "Embrace the Funk" wild fermentation series.  If you've got a little time and a car, drive about 30 minutes south to visit Mantra brewing in Franklin TN... Probably my favorite TN brewery at this point.  Franklin is a pretty cool place to visit, one of the wealthier suburbs.  So the other thing that I'm not that versed in is the whole Hot Chicken thing.  It wasn't really a thing when I lived there 35 years ago, but it is now.  Prince's is the original, but everyone seems to argue over what is best. 
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Re: Nashville Recommendations
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2017, 09:24:52 AM »
Thanks UJ! He'll be headed out again in a month and we're trying to plan a weekend to go with him.

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Re: Nashville Recommendations
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2017, 03:26:47 PM »
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« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2017, 03:42:01 PM »
I concur with Jedi on the beer places.  I really enjoyed Mantra with Tara, Gilly, and Donny.  When Brac and I went to Bearded Iris we happened into some kind of spoken word open mike night, the beer was good but it was an odd experience.  I've not been to Southern Grist, but I have really enjoyed their beers that I've had.  Craft Brewed is a good bottle shop that serves by the drink if you want a variety of local and regional breweries.  Yazoo is always good and it is only a couple of blocks from Jackalope for a 2 for 1 stop. 

Here is a pretty good list (and a really crappy map) of most of the breweries in town. 

Power just went out in my office, when I have a few more minutes, I'll talk about food. 

ETA:  Food

We don't get out a lot to eat and the kids a not very adventurous eaters so I don't know much about the food scene here.  If you are interested in the hot chicken thing, I can help a little there.  Hattie B's is not the best, but it is good and probably the most convenient with a couple of locations, reasonable eat-in space, and a handful of local beers available.  Party Fowl is located between Yazoo and Jackalope and offers more of a dine in experience with a much more varied menu and a decent take on Nashville Hot Chicken. Outside the hot chicken stuff, i know that there are a bunch of new restaurants, I'm just not that familiar.  If you have a particular interest, I can probably find out.

Let me know if you come in town, I'd like to have a couple of beers with you.

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Re: Nashville Recommendations
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2017, 08:39:01 AM »
Yazoo is all I can think of, based on what Gale brought to Bracfest.
I'm sure there are more options nowadays... Southern Grist and Bearded Iris look to be highly rated.

Yazoo was about all there was back then. That was 6 years ago, a lifetime in the craft beer world.
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Re: Nashville Recommendations
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2017, 10:32:30 PM »
Yazoo is all I can think of, based on what Gale brought to Bracfest.
I'm sure there are more options nowadays... Southern Grist and Bearded Iris look to be highly rated.

Yazoo was about all there was back then. That was 6 years ago, a lifetime in the craft beer world.
That's true...beer years are even less than dog years. :unsure:

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Re: Nashville Recommendations
« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2017, 04:47:04 AM »
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Re: Nashville Recommendations
« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2017, 09:20:23 AM »
So lots of changes in Nashville over the past few years... Two smaller breweries to seek out, Bearded Iris and Southern Grist, Bearded Iris is in the northeastern part of the downtown area inside the interstate loop, Southern Grist is in the East Nashville area.  East Nashville is Hipsterville, lots of great food & beer places there.  Yazoo is still pretty solid, look for anything from their "Embrace the Funk" wild fermentation series.  If you've got a little time and a car, drive about 30 minutes south to visit Mantra brewing in Franklin TN... Probably my favorite TN brewery at this point.  Franklin is a pretty cool place to visit, one of the wealthier suburbs.  So the other thing that I'm not that versed in is the whole Hot Chicken thing.  It wasn't really a thing when I lived there 35 years ago, but it is now.  Prince's is the original, but everyone seems to argue over what is best.
I know next to nothing about Tennessee beer, but Bearded Iris made fantastic beer that was served at Bonnaroo's "brooers" tent last year.   I have a lot of respect for the guy for the following story too:

Sunday night, about 6:45 PM.  The "brooers" tent (the separate tent for craft beer options, there are maybe 30 breweries with 2-3 beers each) is scheduled to close for good at approx 8 PM.  I head in for one more Bearded Iris IPA, but there's no one behind their counter.  A handful of the other breweries have shuttered entirely and gone home or some of their options have kicked and they're down to 1 beer.  There's 1 guy waiting in line in front of me, we're standing there for about 2 minutes and this guy comes hustling back into the tent with a dolly and a keg.  He taps the keg and serves us both the IPA.  I started talking to him....apparently all of the beer is in a refrigerated truck a decent hustle from the brooers tent.  Bonnaroo staff is supposed to deliver the kegs - you're running low on a beer, you call them, they bring you your keg.  Well, he called them for a keg of the IPA around 6:30 and they told him to shut down the IPA and that they wouldn't deliver it this late with the tent scheduled to close in 90 minutes.  He basically gave them a fuck you and went to the truck and got his own keg out.  He was the brewer - I can't remember his name anymore - and was the brewery's only employee working the fest at that point....so when he went to get his own keg, there was no one to man the station.   But Bearded Iris is tiny compared to those other breweries in the tent, and he said he wants to serve his great beer and get some exposure, and the tent isn't closed yet.  It's a meaningless story, but I have a lot of respect for their brewery after that.
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Re: Nashville Recommendations
« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2017, 10:47:13 AM »
So lots of changes in Nashville over the past few years... Two smaller breweries to seek out, Bearded Iris and Southern Grist, Bearded Iris is in the northeastern part of the downtown area inside the interstate loop, Southern Grist is in the East Nashville area.  East Nashville is Hipsterville, lots of great food & beer places there.  Yazoo is still pretty solid, look for anything from their "Embrace the Funk" wild fermentation series.  If you've got a little time and a car, drive about 30 minutes south to visit Mantra brewing in Franklin TN... Probably my favorite TN brewery at this point.  Franklin is a pretty cool place to visit, one of the wealthier suburbs.  So the other thing that I'm not that versed in is the whole Hot Chicken thing.  It wasn't really a thing when I lived there 35 years ago, but it is now.  Prince's is the original, but everyone seems to argue over what is best.
I know next to nothing about Tennessee beer, but Bearded Iris made fantastic beer that was served at Bonnaroo's "brooers" tent last year.   I have a lot of respect for the guy for the following story too:

Sunday night, about 6:45 PM.  The "brooers" tent (the separate tent for craft beer options, there are maybe 30 breweries with 2-3 beers each) is scheduled to close for good at approx 8 PM.  I head in for one more Bearded Iris IPA, but there's no one behind their counter.  A handful of the other breweries have shuttered entirely and gone home or some of their options have kicked and they're down to 1 beer.  There's 1 guy waiting in line in front of me, we're standing there for about 2 minutes and this guy comes hustling back into the tent with a dolly and a keg.  He taps the keg and serves us both the IPA.  I started talking to him....apparently all of the beer is in a refrigerated truck a decent hustle from the brooers tent.  Bonnaroo staff is supposed to deliver the kegs - you're running low on a beer, you call them, they bring you your keg.  Well, he called them for a keg of the IPA around 6:30 and they told him to shut down the IPA and that they wouldn't deliver it this late with the tent scheduled to close in 90 minutes.  He basically gave them a fuck you and went to the truck and got his own keg out.  He was the brewer - I can't remember his name anymore - and was the brewery's only employee working the fest at that point....so when he went to get his own keg, there was no one to man the station.   But Bearded Iris is tiny compared to those other breweries in the tent, and he said he wants to serve his great beer and get some exposure, and the tent isn't closed yet.  It's a meaningless story, but I have a lot of respect for their brewery after that.
That was very cool of him :thumbup:
Wonder if they'll even go back next year though after that.

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Re: Nashville Recommendations
« Reply #14 on: March 24, 2017, 11:29:43 AM »
Nice! I'm going to try to organize a trip with my parents in the Summer/Fall.

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« Reply #15 on: March 26, 2017, 03:47:30 AM »
So lots of changes in Nashville over the past few years... Two smaller breweries to seek out, Bearded Iris and Southern Grist, Bearded Iris is in the northeastern part of the downtown area inside the interstate loop, Southern Grist is in the East Nashville area.  East Nashville is Hipsterville, lots of great food & beer places there.  Yazoo is still pretty solid, look for anything from their "Embrace the Funk" wild fermentation series.  If you've got a little time and a car, drive about 30 minutes south to visit Mantra brewing in Franklin TN... Probably my favorite TN brewery at this point.  Franklin is a pretty cool place to visit, one of the wealthier suburbs.  So the other thing that I'm not that versed in is the whole Hot Chicken thing.  It wasn't really a thing when I lived there 35 years ago, but it is now.  Prince's is the original, but everyone seems to argue over what is best.
I know next to nothing about Tennessee beer, but Bearded Iris made fantastic beer that was served at Bonnaroo's "brooers" tent last year.   I have a lot of respect for the guy for the following story too:

Sunday night, about 6:45 PM.  The "brooers" tent (the separate tent for craft beer options, there are maybe 30 breweries with 2-3 beers each) is scheduled to close for good at approx 8 PM.  I head in for one more Bearded Iris IPA, but there's no one behind their counter.  A handful of the other breweries have shuttered entirely and gone home or some of their options have kicked and they're down to 1 beer.  There's 1 guy waiting in line in front of me, we're standing there for about 2 minutes and this guy comes hustling back into the tent with a dolly and a keg.  He taps the keg and serves us both the IPA.  I started talking to him....apparently all of the beer is in a refrigerated truck a decent hustle from the brooers tent.  Bonnaroo staff is supposed to deliver the kegs - you're running low on a beer, you call them, they bring you your keg.  Well, he called them for a keg of the IPA around 6:30 and they told him to shut down the IPA and that they wouldn't deliver it this late with the tent scheduled to close in 90 minutes.  He basically gave them a fuck you and went to the truck and got his own keg out.  He was the brewer - I can't remember his name anymore - and was the brewery's only employee working the fest at that point....so when he went to get his own keg, there was no one to man the station.   But Bearded Iris is tiny compared to those other breweries in the tent, and he said he wants to serve his great beer and get some exposure, and the tent isn't closed yet.  It's a meaningless story, but I have a lot of respect for their brewery after that.
That was very cool of him :thumbup:
Wonder if they'll even go back next year though after that.
His name is Paul Vaughn, and yep, he's a great guy.
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Re: Nashville Recommendations
« Reply #16 on: August 30, 2021, 11:25:43 AM »
Bumping an old-ish thread.  Jaime has a business conference in mid-October (15th-16th) and I'm tagging along.  I'll have time to kill during the day while she's at the conference, so recommendations are welcome. @coldchill - we could meet up for a beer if you're around that weekend.

Unfortunately, our hotel (and the conference) is out by the airport, so I can't just stroll downtown, but we might head in for dinner one or both nights.  Don't have a lot of details on her schedule yet.

Looks like we're closer to the big reservoir than to downtown, so maybe I'll go get some exercise during the day.
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« Reply #17 on: August 30, 2021, 12:21:59 PM »
Bumping an old-ish thread.  Jaime has a business conference in mid-October (15th-16th) and I'm tagging along.  I'll have time to kill during the day while she's at the conference, so recommendations are welcome. @coldchill - we could meet up for a beer if you're around that weekend.

Unfortunately, our hotel (and the conference) is out by the airport, so I can't just stroll downtown, but we might head in for dinner one or both nights.  Don't have a lot of details on her schedule yet.

Looks like we're closer to the big reservoir than to downtown, so maybe I'll go get some exercise during the day.

Barrique and The Loveless Cafe are on my list, haven't been to either but intend to someday. :cheers:

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Re: Nashville Recommendations
« Reply #18 on: August 30, 2021, 02:07:24 PM »
I see Tennfold not even 10 minutes from the hotel, with a nice looking draft list

Also Yazoo's "Embrace the Funk" barrel cellar is close, but not sure if there's a taproom there.
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« Reply #19 on: August 30, 2021, 02:17:48 PM »
Various Artists is also close by and has a German Pils called "A Kiss from Dick" :lol: (named for Richard Dawson, apparently)
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« Reply #20 on: August 30, 2021, 06:51:46 PM »
I see Tennfold not even 10 minutes from the hotel, with a nice looking draft list

Also Yazoo's "Embrace the Funk" barrel cellar is close, but not sure if there's a taproom there.
Been to Tennfold once, beers were solid, and the pizza looked good, but we had already eaten... its in Donelson, also of interest in Donelson is Homegrown Kitchen & Taproom, and Party Fowl (Nashville Hot Chicken) As for the Yazoo EBF barrel room, yeah I don't think it has a tap room, I know the guy who runs it, I'll ask to be sure.  I've heard good things about Various Artists, but I've not been.  Not much public transit in Nashville, but there is a commuter train downtown from Donelson (town where Tennfold is) that runs twice early in the morning and twice in the afternoon.  Downtown puts you in range of most everything.  If you were going to use an extended Uber to get somewhere else, I would recommend all the way to the west Nashville area called "The Nations". there are locations for both Bearded Iris and Southern Grist there, and there is a Hattie B's Hot Chicken location.  There is also a decent distillery, Pennington, and a few smaller breweries.
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« Reply #21 on: September 01, 2021, 02:22:50 PM »
Pretty much what Jedi said, particularly in regards to things in Donelson.  Tennfold is solid on both the beer and the food front, Party Fowl is good, not the best Nashville Hot Chicken, but convenient and good enough, especially when you consider they sell booze, and Homegrown Taproom is gem, a great little taproom with good food, and a couple of owners who are very community oriented.  Beyond that, I don't get out much.

I live in Donelson so I can't imagine that I can't at least get away for a beer or three. 
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Re: Nashville Recommendations
« Reply #22 on: September 03, 2021, 11:04:39 PM »
Pretty much what Jedi said, particularly in regards to things in Donelson.  Tennfold is solid on both the beer and the food front, Party Fowl is good, not the best Nashville Hot Chicken, but convenient and good enough, especially when you consider they sell booze, and Homegrown Taproom is gem, a great little taproom with good food, and a couple of owners who are very community oriented.  Beyond that, I don't get out much.

I live in Donelson so I can't imagine that I can't at least get away for a beer or three.
I'll check back with you when I have a better idea of our schedule. Definitely want some hot chicken while down there. If we drive down on Friday morning, I was thinking maybe we'd hit Bolton's for lunch on the way through.
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« Reply #23 on: October 14, 2021, 11:47:53 AM »
Pretty much what Jedi said, particularly in regards to things in Donelson.  Tennfold is solid on both the beer and the food front, Party Fowl is good, not the best Nashville Hot Chicken, but convenient and good enough, especially when you consider they sell booze, and Homegrown Taproom is gem, a great little taproom with good food, and a couple of owners who are very community oriented.  Beyond that, I don't get out much.

I live in Donelson so I can't imagine that I can't at least get away for a beer or three.
I'll check back with you when I have a better idea of our schedule. Definitely want some hot chicken while down there. If we drive down on Friday morning, I was thinking maybe we'd hit Bolton's for lunch on the way through.

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« Reply #24 on: October 14, 2021, 06:56:20 PM »
Should be hitting Nashville around noon on Friday. Planning to stop at Bolton's for lunch as noted above.

The conference was moved to the Gaylord Opryland Resort, so that'll be my base of operations. There's dinner and dancing there on Friday night starting at 7, so I'll be free from maybe 2 to around 5:30ish.  Tennfold seems like an easy jaunt from there, so I'll probably check them out Friday afternoon.

Saturday I have the whole day and if the weather's good I'd like to drive out to Priest reservoir and see if I can find any hiking trails in the parks.  If the weather sucks, IDK. The resort has free shuttles to a few places including downtown.

There's nothing on the official conference schedule after 5PM on Saturday but I thought there was talk about going downtown on Saturday night (maybe just the resort shuttles). If so, we'll probably do that since neither of us has really been downtown.

Sunday we'll grab a late breakfast somewhere and head home.

@coldchill I'll PM you my cell # in case you're able to meet up.
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Re: Nashville Recommendations
« Reply #25 on: October 14, 2021, 09:11:53 PM »
I am working from home tomorrow and live less than 2 miles (driving, less than a mile as the crow flies) from Tennfold.  I could meet there anytime after about 3:30ish.  You should have great weather for outdoor activities on Saturday.
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Re: Nashville Recommendations
« Reply #26 on: October 15, 2021, 01:04:30 AM »
Should be hitting Nashville around noon on Friday. Planning to stop at Bolton's for lunch as noted above.

The conference was moved to the Gaylord Opryland Resort, so that'll be my base of operations. There's dinner and dancing there on Friday night starting at 7, so I'll be free from maybe 2 to around 5:30ish.  Tennfold seems like an easy jaunt from there, so I'll probably check them out Friday afternoon.

Saturday I have the whole day and if the weather's good I'd like to drive out to Priest reservoir and see if I can find any hiking trails in the parks.  If the weather sucks, IDK. The resort has free shuttles to a few places including downtown.

There's nothing on the official conference schedule after 5PM on Saturday but I thought there was talk about going downtown on Saturday night (maybe just the resort shuttles). If so, we'll probably do that since neither of us has really been downtown.

Sunday we'll grab a late breakfast somewhere and head home.

@coldchill I'll PM you my cell # in case you're able to meet up.
I grew up on the shores of Priest Lake, and I don't really recall any good hiking, but alas, that was 45 years ago.  Most of the parks are focused on water sports, but who knows, back then, nobody actually spent time making "greenways, perhaps there have been such things developed over the years."  There is a really cool place to hike though, called Radner Lake.  Its not as close to Donelson though.
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Re: Nashville Recommendations
« Reply #27 on: October 15, 2021, 03:24:14 PM »
I am working from home tomorrow and live less than 2 miles (driving, less than a mile as the crow flies) from Tennfold.  I could meet there anytime after about 3:30ish.  You should have great weather for outdoor activities on Saturday.
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« Reply #28 on: October 15, 2021, 03:27:04 PM »
Should be hitting Nashville around noon on Friday. Planning to stop at Bolton's for lunch as noted above.

The conference was moved to the Gaylord Opryland Resort, so that'll be my base of operations. There's dinner and dancing there on Friday night starting at 7, so I'll be free from maybe 2 to around 5:30ish.  Tennfold seems like an easy jaunt from there, so I'll probably check them out Friday afternoon.

Saturday I have the whole day and if the weather's good I'd like to drive out to Priest reservoir and see if I can find any hiking trails in the parks.  If the weather sucks, IDK. The resort has free shuttles to a few places including downtown.

There's nothing on the official conference schedule after 5PM on Saturday but I thought there was talk about going downtown on Saturday night (maybe just the resort shuttles). If so, we'll probably do that since neither of us has really been downtown.

Sunday we'll grab a late breakfast somewhere and head home.

@coldchill I'll PM you my cell # in case you're able to meet up.
I grew up on the shores of Priest Lake, and I don't really recall any good hiking, but alas, that was 45 years ago.  Most of the parks are focused on water sports, but who knows, back then, nobody actually spent time making "greenways, perhaps there have been such things developed over the years."  There is a really cool place to hike though, called Radner Lake.  Its not as close to Donelson though.
Within 30 minutes per google. Might check that out
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« Reply #29 on: October 16, 2021, 06:29:14 PM »
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Also, Radnor Lake was a nice hike.  I stuck to the "lake" trails and skipped the steep ones 'cuz I'm old and out of shape. Had a great day for it - low-mid 60's and sunny (but the trails go through the woods so are mostly shaded).

But holy hell is that place busy on a Saturday.  There was a line of cars about 10 deep at the entrance waiting for parking spots to open up as people finished their hikes/walks and left.
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« Reply #31 on: October 22, 2021, 08:42:56 PM »
yeah, its in the hotty totty part of town, so a lot of those cars were probably beamers and mercedes… interesting thing about the lake is that is was created as a water supply for the nearby Radner railyard, originally the L&N railroad, now CSX I think.
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