Nashville Brewing Company

Historical Brewery Tours Now Available

Nashville Brewing Company owner, Scott Mertie, will lead you through the history of Nashville Breweries from the early 1800's through the 1950's.

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Take a virtual tour of Music City's unique brewing history featuring the city's beer and brewery related historical markers.

Flagship Beers

Nashville Original Lager Beer

Nashville Original Lager Beer

Nashville Original Lager is a traditional Bavarian Helles; brewed in time-honored fashion dating back to the late 1800s. Helles in German mean “bright” and this beer truly lives up to its name. This bright golden lager is brewed with Weyermann Pilsner malt and Hallertauer Mittelfrüh hops. These imported German grains and hops give Nashville Lager a delicate malty mouthfeel balanced with a spicy hop character.

Nashville Light Lager Beer | Nashville Brewing Company

Nashville Light Lager Beer

We started with our award winning Nashville Lager recipe and let our creative juices flow. Our goal was to create a reduced calorie lager that was more than just fizzy soda water. We kept the imported German Hallertau Mittelfrüh hops, which add spicy-herbal aromas and smooth bitterness that are critical for Bavarian-style lagers. We also kept a portion of imported German Pilsner malt that is so important for a malty mouthfeel. We substituted other malts and grains in order to create a lighter, low-calorie beer. All told, we believe that Nashville Light is a truly wonderful tasting light beer and superior to any other light beer available today. Cheers!

Nashville Brewing Co. - Nashville Amber Lager

Nashville Amber Lager Beer

Nashville Amber is a historic pre-prohibition style amber lager. Originating from Vienna in the mid 1800’s, amber lagers were derived when new kilning methods created malts that were light in color, contributing to a rich amber color. European immigrants brewed amber lagers in America which were slightly lighter and less malty than their European cousins. Although extremely popular prior to prohibition, amber lagers all but disappeared afterwards. We are proud to resurrect this wonderful pre-prohibition style Amber Lager.

Seasonal Beers


Nashville 1897 Pilsner Beer

Pilsner beer originated in the town of Plzen (Pilsen) in 1842.  By the end of the 19th century, the popularity of Czech pilsner beer spread throughout Europe and to the U.S.  In 1897, pilsner was the beer of choice at the TN Centennial Exposition, celebrating our state’s 100th anniversary. Nashville 1897 Pilsner is a traditional Czech pilsner brewed in the traditional Bohemian fashion using pilsner malt and Saaz hops.

Nashville Brewing Co. Bock Beer

Nashville Bock Beer

In 14th Century Germany, the northern town of Einbeck was notorious for brewing a strong, malty beer. Bavarian monks borrowed this stronger style to enjoy as a supplement during times of fasting. The beer became known as "bock", which means "goat" in German. Goats are often portrayed on the label and they symbolize the strong, hearty character of this beer.

Nashville Festbier

Nashville Festbier

Our award winning Festbier is now available in bottles and draft around Middle Tennessee. While this beer is always available during the Oktoberfest season, the style is actually brewed in March and enjoyed all summer. This style is called Märzen, which means “March” in German. Historically, breweries in Bavaria (and throughout Europe) were forbidden to brew in the summer due to fire hazards and a higher probability of infected beer due to bacterial growth during the warmer weather. Therefore, the end of the brewing season was always in March. Traditionally, these malty, amber brews were “lagered” (stored or aged) during the summer months. However, the Märzen bier was drawn from the lagering cellars throughout the summer for thirsty patrons to drink until the brewing season started back up again in the autumn. This style became popular at Oktoberfest, as the breweries would want to empty their lagering cellars in order to make room for the new autumn beers. So pick up a Nashville Festbier and enjoy this summer. Prost!

Nashville Brewing Co - NashZwickel Beer

Nashville NashZwickel Beer

Zwickelbier got its name from the zwickelhahn; which is an apparatus used for drawing unfiltered beer out of a fermenter. We took a batch of our award winning Nashville Lager Helles style beer and kegged it, unfiltered, straight out of the fermentation tank. We dubbed this beer NashZwickel. It is cloudy, smooth and refreshing. There are only a few kegs of this special beer, so supplies are limited. Grab one before it is gone or your Zwickel well be in a pickel.

Special Release Beers

Nashville Brewing Company Holiday Bock Beer

Nashville Holiday Bock Beer

A spiced version of our traditional Bock, seasoned with holiday spices, reminiscent of the outdoor Christmas markets in Bavaria.

Nashville Brewing Company Black Lager Beer

Nashville Black Lager Beer

In Germany, black beers (Schwarzbier), are widely considered the oldest continuously brewed beer style in the world. Historians have dated black beers back to Bavaria for nearly 1,000 years. Nashville Black Lager is brewed with imported Munich malt and balanced with imported Hallertauer Mittelfrüh hops. The roasted malts give this beer a toasty mouthfeel; excellent for the winter months.

Nashville Maibock beer

Nashville Maibock Beer

Nashville Maibock is refreshing beer traditionally served in the springtime (Mai is German for the month of May). Often referred to as a heller (pale) bock, this style is generally brewed with additional malts creating a slightly elevated alcohol content, offset by a significant hop presence.

Nashville Brewing Company Smoked Beer

Nashville Smoked Beer

Germans have been brewing Rauchbier (smoked beer) for centuries. Bamberg, in Northern Bavarian, is widely considered the mecca of smoked beers, where they are still brewed today. The malt is tried over an open flame, giving the beer a strong, smoky flavor. Our Nashville Smoked Beer is brewed with malt we smoked in-house with beachwood, just as they do in Bamberg.

Nashville Brewing Co. Zwickel My Pickle

Nashville Zwickel My Pickle

Zwickel My Pickle is a limited release pickle flavored zwickel beer made to celebrate National Pickle Day!

NashZwickel is a traditional non-filtered helles lager. These beers are often referred to as zwickelbier, named after a zwickelhahn, the apparatus used for drawing beer out of a fermenter.

Nashville Brewing Company Dunkel Beer

Nashville Dunkel Beer

Nashville Dunkel is a dark lager that has been traditionally brewed in Munich and throughout Bavaria. We brewed our Dunkel in the time-honored fashion as the founders of Nashville Brewing Company did over 160 years ago, as well as their forefathers before them in the Old Country.


2018 Silver Award,
Munich Helles

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2019 Gold Medal, Märzen
2019 Gold Medal, Bock
2019 Silver Medal, Munich Helles
2018 Gold Medal, Märzen
2018 Silver Medal, Munich Helles
2017 Gold Medal, Munich Helles

2020 Silver Award, Munich Helle
2018 Bronze Award, Keller/Zwickel Bier

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2021 Gold Medal, Czech Premium Pale Lager
2021 Silver Medal, Pre-Prohibition Lager
2021 Bronze Medal, Munich Helles
2019 Gold Medal, Munich Helles
2018 Gold Medal, Munich Helles
2017 Bronze Medal, Munich Helles


The Nashville Brewery began operating in 1859; opening its doors to a blossoming city. Located just outside the city center on High Street (now 6th Avenue), the hand-crafted local beer quickly satisfied the thirst of the hard-working citizens.

Though operations halted briefly during the Civil War, the brewery overcame the disruptions and re-opened in 1865. With a focus on German style lagers, the then named Nashville Brewing Company continued to brew quality beer through the end of the 19th century. A historical marker now marks the spot where the brewery once operated in Nashville’s famous “Gulch” district.

We are proud to continue this brewing tradition and create the next chapter in this brewery’s history. We hope you enjoy this wonderful beer made by Nashville’s oldest brewery. Cheers!

Read more:
The rebirth of the Nashville Brewing Company

How the Nashville Brewing Company got restarted after 125 years

Merchandise Store Now Open

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Stop by our taproom or schedule a tour

Nashville Brewing Company beers are brewed by Nashville's oldest craft brewery - Blackstone Brewing Company.

Stop by our taproom to sample our award-winning beer.

2312 Clifton Avenue
Nashville, TN 37209
Taproom Map

Holiday Schedule

The Blackstone taproom will be closed on the following holidays.

New Years (01/01)
Memorial Day
Independence Day (07/04)

Labor Day
Christmas Eve (12/24)

Christmas Day (12/25)
New Year’s Eve (12/31)

In 2011, the Mertie family spearheaded the Nashville Historical Commission to erect a marker where the Nashville Brewery, a historic brewing location, existed for nearly 100 years. The marker is located on 6th Avenue South and was dedicated in 2017. See more on the Nashville Brewing Company history.