Pumpkin-Free Fall Beers from Nashville Breweries
October 9, 2019
After a summer that seemed like it would never end, fall has finally arrived! Time to dig out your flannel shirts, take hikes through the red and amber trees, and sit around a fire pit with friends and loved ones while you sip on your favorite fall beer. Many people would grab the closest pumpkin beer, but not you. You set the bar higher by diving into the local Nashville beer scene to find the quintessential fall beer. Here are a few of our favorites!
Yazoo - Fall
As you probably know, Yazoo is basically the Godfather of Nashville craft beer. Founded by Linus Hall in 2003, it quickly gained popularity and accolades. Their fall beer is a malty amber beer with a hoppy ending. With only 26 IBUs, it’s good for quenching your thirst after a warm fall day.
Black Abbey - Rose
Black Abbey is a brewery located in the 100 Oaks area of Nashville. They focus on Belgian styled beers, so almost all of their beers are worthy of your fall beer list. Here in Nashville, it stays plenty warm on most autumn days. This beer is a must if you’ve worked up a sweat raking leaves in the yard. It's a full-bodied Belgian blonde with a golden hue, and smells of cloves and banana.
Bearded Iris - Overcast
Bearded Iris had its 3rd anniversary this year. Most of the beers they brew are IPAs, and many are one-offs. Their past fall seasonal was Overcast, a crisp festbier. Brewed with Munich and Vienna malt, and Saaz and Huell Melon hops, it has malty notes and a light hop flavor.
Southern Grist - Bean There, Brown That
Southern Grist is a funky little brewery that makes seemingly unappetizing pairings taste heavenly. And lucky for us, they have a brown ale out just in time for fall. Bean There, Brown That has a beautiful dark-brown hue with a thin khaki head. There are hints of vanilla and tobacco on the nose, while it tastes nutty, malty, and sweet. Pick it up in four packs at our store in Hendersonville!
Tailgate - Peanut Butter Milk Stout
This is the perfect beer for handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. It pours opaque brown with a frothy head. The aroma is big on peanut butter and cocoa while the taste is milder. It’s like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup in a glass.
East Nashville Beer Works - Young Hickory Smoked Porter
Porters are great beers because they are big on taste, but not on thickness. This one from East Nashville Beer Works has a hickory smoke aroma and tastes of chocolate and malt. Fall shouldn’t happen without this beer in your hand.
Smith and Lentz - Cool to the Touch
Cool to the Touch is a hoppy amber beer. It’s sweet but has a slight hoppy end, so it’s easy to drink but still says “BEER.” Enjoy one of these after running through a corn maze with the family.
Living Water - Rubicon
Living Water is a brand new brewery that has a ton of stouts, which are perfect for fall. Rubicon is Living Water’s imperial milk stout, so it packs a punch at 9.5% ABV. It makes for a good after-dinner drink, with a ton of chocolate and coffee overtones.
Jackalope - Bearwalker
Jackalope Brewing Company has been around a few years, so you know they are doing something right. And their Bearwalker is a go-to brown ale. There are notes of toffee and maple, but they don't overpower. It’s refreshing and sweet—perfect for a hotter fall day.
Czann’s - Dunkleweizen
This is a dark hefeweizen with hints of malt, banana, and clove. Brewed with German hefeweizen yeast and malts from Germany, France, and Belgium, Czann's has made the perfect drink for celebrating Octoberfest.
Tennessee Brew Works- Basil Ryeman
Basil Ryeman is heavy on aromatics and spices. It’s a farmhouse saison, which was what the seasonal workers (saissoners) drank after a hard day in the fields. At 8% ABV, it's a great way to relax after a hard day harvesting the fall crops (or playing music, working a desk job, or doing whatever you do to pay the bills!).
Bluegrass Beverages: Your Source for Nashville Fall Beers
Our local breweries don't disappoint when it comes to brewing up something to enhance your fall spirit. When you need to stock up, just stop by Bluegrass Beverages and pick up growlers, bottles, or cans. So if you're thirsty for a good fall brew, just remember there are countless local beers that don’t rely on the heavy-handed taste of pumpkin, but can still get you in the mood for a good hayride.