Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Kegs for the 4th of July weekend!

Don't forget to stock up for your fireworks-viewing parties this weekend! We will be stocked up with plenty of Pale Ale, Dos Perros, and Hefeweizen kegs, in both the full size (140 beers) and our popular 5 gallon kegs (50 beers). AND we will be kegging the second batch of our Summer Ale on Thursday, with kegs available for sale starting Thursday afternoon.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Yazoo in Chattanooga!

Thanks to @introvertedone for the picture of our display at his local Publix. Yes, after popping up on draft at great Chattanooga locations like Taco Mac, Mellow Mushroom, and Tremont Tavern, our bottles of Pale Ale, Dos Perros, and Hefeweizen are popping up wherever good beer is sold in Chattanooga.

Experimental Beer tonight - Sly Rye Porter with Dominican cacao shells and spearamint

Another special beer tapping tonight - and if you thought the coffee-infused Hop Project was out there, come try a pint of Sly Rye Porter aged with Dominican cacao shells and spearamint extract. We'll be tapping this beauty about 5 PM, plenty of time to get off work and come down!

Fire and Ice Event cancelled for this weekend

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Fire and Ice event, a benefit for Galaxy Star Peacemakers, has been canceled. Anyone who purchased tickets for the event at the Yazoo Taproom will be issued a full refund. Please either come by the taproom to have your ticket refunded, or contact us at info@yazoobrew.com or at 615-891-4649.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Just over a month away from the Music City Brewers Fest!

It's just over a month away from the Music City Brewers Fest, in front of the Country Music Hall of Fame on July 31st. And judging by the number of calls we have been getting looking for tickets, the tickets are going fast. WE DID NOT GET ANY TICKETS THIS YEAR TO SELL. They are only available online at www.musiccitybrewersfest.com and it looks like the second night session has already sold out.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Experimetnal Beer Day today

I've always been curious about combining the earthy bitterness of a good coffee with the citrusy bitterness of a good IPA. So we took a firkin of Hop Project #31 and aged it with some Drew's Brews "Lost Weekend". We'll be tapping it at 6 PM today, Thursday June 17, at our taproom (a little later than usual). I sneaked a taste this morning (even I was a little worried how it would turn out). It's tasty, and I can honestly say I have never had anything like it.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Hop Project #30 out now, on draft and in six-packs!

Wow, we are already up to #30! (That's Chris holding up a bottle.)

I expected that when we moved to a larger batch size that we would slow down the progression of new batches, but it seems you guys like your hops! Here is the description to cut and paste into ratebeer.com:

"Bottled on 6/15, indicated by a notch on the side of the label at June and week 2. For #30, we used a blend of Magnum, Columbus, and a new variety, Citra. Citra is a new variety released by the Hop Breeding Company in Yakima, WA. It's supposed to be a cross between Hallertaur Mittlefrueh and U.S. Tettnanger, but somehow bred to yield much higher bitterness. Its alpha acids come in around 12%. Our beer starts with a pleasant mellow and fruity aroma, with a rounded mellow up-front bitterness that fades into a sharp peppery finish."

I can really taste the Tettnanger part of this hop, the peppery finish. It would go great in a Saison. Maybe next year for our spring seasonal Rye Saison?

Look for Hop Project #30 out in six-packs and kegs by this weekend. We also will have a special small keg of this on tap this Thursday June 17, aged with Drew's Brews "Lost Weekend" coffee. Yeah, an unusual combination - but I always wanted to try to match the earthy bitterness of a good coffee bean with a hoppy IPA. If you want to know how that turned out, come down to the taproom this Thursday!

Follow us on twitter @yazoobrewmaster and @yazoobrew to catch details on other special small releases. Hop Project #31 is already in the tanks!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Summer Ale for flood relief

Our newest seasonal release was about ready to bottle when the floods hit in early May. It seemed that the only thing that matched the scale of the damage was the overwhelming generosity of the people of Nashville in the weeks that followed. We had our own fundraiser for the Community Fund of Middle Tennessee the week after, but we wanted to figure out a way to keep that momentum going throughout the summer.

We decided to donate part of the proceeds from our Summer Ale to flood relief programs. One of the local artists who created one of the great posters for sale at www.LiftUpNashville.com, Derrick Castle, agreed to donate his artwork for the label.

We will be donating 20% of the sales of our Summer Ale to the Community Fund, and our distributor RS Lipman has agreed to match that as well. Look for it in our "Brewmaster's Reserve" four-packs in area stores, and also look for special events around town where it is on tap.

Summer Ale is a light clear golden ale, with a crisp hop bitterness. It's
totally refreshing in the summer heat, and wherever you see it this summer,
know that part of your beer money is going directly to help your neighbors

Good use for empty barley sacks...

We have some creative problem-solvers here at the brewery. Quinn, our head brewer, has been trying to come up with a good use for all the empty barley sacks we generate each week. He called up Metro Public Works, and it turns out they were delighted to take them off our hands. They have been using them the past few weeks to bag up debris from flood-ravaged neighborhoods, since the sacks hold up much better than regular garbage bags.

Monday, June 7, 2010


Well, it's finally here! We'll be in the Brooers tent all weekend pouring Dos Perros and Hefeweizen for all you crazies. Come by the tent, cool off, say hi and grab a cold Yazoo.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Busy, Busy Weekend coming up!

There are a load of events happening this weekend, with plenty of Yazoo flowing...

Taste of Music City Saturday June 5th on Deaderick Street

This event keeps getting bigger and better. It got so crowded last year on the bridge that the event organizers moved it to Deaderick Street. Anyone remember Summer Lights? It's going to be a similar setup, with the street closed from the Metro Courthouse park all the way up to War Memorial. There will be a Wine Tasting Experience with Arrington Vineyards at one end, a Jack Daniels Experience, a Robert Mondavi Discover Wine Tour, live music, over 50 restaurants with tasting booths, a Kids Zone, and... three Yazoo beer stations! (we've rented a refrigerated truck so the beer will be nice and cold!)

Admission is free, and you can buy food and beverages with tickets. It's going on from 11 AM until 9 PM. Come by and get a sneak taste of our Summer Ale before it gets released! For more info visit www.TasteofMusicCity.com.

The Annual Otha Turner Birthday Bash Saturday June 5th, 2-9 PM

Our good friend Bill Ramsey throws a birthday party every year, for both himself and his old friend Otha Turner, the famous fife blues legend. Otha passed away a few years ago, but his family still makes the trip up from Mississippi every year. The block party is on Sweetbriar Drive, just off Belmont Blvd. If you have never seen Otha's granddaughter play at Bonnaroo or with the North Mississippi Allstars, here is your chance to see her, Sharde Thomas and the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band. Admission is a $30 donation at the door with proceeds going to the Second Harvest Food Bank. There is always great food and a few kegs of Yazoo hidden (just ask around). For more info visit http://www.othaturner.com/party.html

Magic City Brewfest!!

For all the good beer fans down in Alabama, this is your chance to get out and taste the best beer the South has to offer. It's held at an amazingly cool location, the old Sloss Furnaces just near downtown Birmingham. Ivan and Neil will be down there pouring our contributions to good beer, including a keg of Yazoo Sue. For tickets and more info visit http://www.magiccitybrewfest.com/

Experimental beer tonight - Pale Ale dryhopped with Cascade and Columbus

Come on by the taproom tonight! We're starting a tradition of tapping a cask of an experimental beer every Thursday. Tonight we have a cask of our Pale Ale, aged with more hops in the cask, of the Cascade and Columbus varieties. It makes for a very aromatic and flavorful version of our Pale Ale, without the intense bitterness of the Hop Projects.