There’s plenty to swill in these three ‘villes.
ASHEVILLE: The South’s biggest beertown
TOUR: Burial Beer Co. sits in an unassuming corner of downtown, with no signage, but this new brewery is worth seeking out. Order the Skillet breakfast stout, which comes with a doughnut. LUNCH: White Duck Taco Shop only has a handful of tacos on the menu and just two taps, but one is almost always dedicated to local favorite Green Man IPA, which pairs well with the spicy Korean BBQ taco. Bonus: The patio sits across the street from the soon-to-open New Belgium Brewery. DRINK: Wicked Weed’s Serenity Belgian farmhouse ale won GABF gold in 2013, but you’d be remiss if you passed on the Dark Age Bourbon Stout, coming out of the brewery’s young barrel program. FILL UP: Yep, the Brew Pump is a gas station…with eight rotating taps, a walk-up bar next to the pumps, and one of Asheville’s best beer gardens out back.
LOUISVILLE: Brew on the bourbon trail
CHOW DOWN: Join legions of minor league baseball fans pouring into Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse from adjacent Slugger Field to fill up on plates of beef brisket and pints of imperial stout. SHOP: In the heart of happening NuLu (that’s New Louisville), the Louisville Beer Store boasts eight rotating taps and more than 400 bottled beers from the world over, including an impressive selection from Denmark. TOUR: KY’s largest microbrewery, Bluegrass Brewing, has won awards for its barleywine, smoked porter and amber, though it’s bourbon-barrel-aged beers, like Mans Hand Belgian Golden, that indubitably embrace local culture. CHILL: Patrons and their pups gather on the outdoor patio of Germantown’s low-key neighborhood Nachbar—and others around its killer indoor jukebox—to sip craft from Lexington’s Country Boy and beyond.
NASHVILLE: Music city’s other craft
TOUR: Grab a beer garden seat at historic East Nashville’s pinup-themed Fat Bottom Brewing and get to know the ladies of the house: Try Black Betty, a dark IPA, or Java Jane, a porter infused with beans from local roaster Drew’s Brews. DINE: Bring the whole family to The Pharmacy Burger Parlor, a soda shop meets beer meets burger heaven. Pair the Stroganoff burger with the city’s own Black Abbey IPA or a house soda. EAT SWEET: Satisfy your sweet tooth and your beer jones at once with bowls of Bravo Gelato’s arsenal of boozy flavors, including stout, hefeweizen and cherry porter scoops made with suds from Yazoo Brewing. DRINK: Attached to Nashville’s first distillery since Prohibition, the Corsair Tap Room dedicates six of its 16 taps to local beers. Fill a growler with the newest Calfkiller draft or simply kick back with a pint.