Nearly Native Drinks: TailGate Beer

In a city that embraces all things locally sourced and supported, the demand for brewed beer direct from native (or nearly native) Nashvillians is growing. Judging by the number of breweries that have popped up in recent years, this is a city that can certainly sustain a beer culture that’s rich in new and innovative concoctions by brewers that love local as much as we all do.  A day well-spent sipping on beer flights and casually kicking back with friends is even more convenient at TailGate Brewery’s Taproom that’s now open at the Music Row roundabout just minutes away from downtown.


Although Tailgate opened it’s newly minted location just months ago, this brewery has actually been slinging beers in the Music City since 2014 at its original location off of Charlotte Avenue. While the original locale is much bigger, perfect for creating their 50+ small batch beer flavors, their spot on Music Row and Demonbreun features a familiar outdoor patio (once the home of the now closed Dan McGuinness and Harp & Fiddle) and open concept indoor layout is perfect for those Nashvillians who want to stay close to downtown. TailGate’s second location is perfect for starting your day with one of their many beers then wandering your way down the Demonbreun barstrip towards Broadway. It’s also just far enough away from the commotion of downtown that a casual Sunday Funday can be achieved without an overload of tourist traffic.


Unlike your typical brewery that focuses on a handful of key brews, TailGate focuses on creating new and different experimental flavors (2 per week!) for their patrons to test out. Of course, you’ll find a few safe options, like an Amber Lager or German Pilsner, but you’ll also have the chance to try flavors that strikingly embody their out-of-the-box descriptions. The Vanilla Coffee Porter tastes exactly like it says. Want a sour beer? I can speak from experience that the Sweet Tart Sour seems like it’s straight from the candy factory!

TailGate satisfies the traditional beer drinker, plus those that aren’t quite convinced that beer is best (shoutout to all you wine and liquor lovers). Not ready to commit to just one? Build your own flight instead! For beer lovers, game watchers, sweet cravers, coffee fiends, and even hungry drunks, (check out their yummy bar food-based menu!) TailGate manages to universally appeal to Nashvillians looking to get their brewery fix.


Check out their website on the Drink Like a Native page!

NOTE: Check their Facebook page for fun events. They’ve got everything from bluegrass nights to yoga to painting to movie screenings!


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