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German immigration to Tennessee in the 1800s is what sparked the brewing practice and industry. Making Nashville the capital of Tennessee in the year 1843 was another big driver of the brewing industry.

The most successful and lasting Tennessee brewery was Jacob Stifel’s Nashville Brewery, which operated from 1859 to 1890. The brewery was passed between five different people before becoming the William Gerst Brewing Compnay in 1893, remaining this way until 1954. However, by the end of 2016, the original name, Nashville Brewery, was brought back, as were the traditional German brewing and beer styles.

The other major name in the game was the Tennessee brewery, Memphis Brewing Company established by G.H. Herbers in 1866. In 1885, the name was changed to simply Tennessee Brewing, and remained this way until 1954.

The larger brewing companies ended up overruling both the Nashville Brewery and Tennessee Brewing, which led to no beers brewed in Tennessee for the period of time between 1954 to 1988.

The oldest Tennessee craft brewery still in existence today, is the Blackstone Restaurant and Brewery, which has been around since 1994 and garnered 12 GABF awards since it was established.

A few Tennessee beer laws still exist, one big one surrounding the idea that some cities and counties are considered wet and others dry. This is an important rule to note when or before visiting Tennessee.

Other commonly asked questions are: Can you buy beer on Sunday in Tennessee? What time can you buy beer in Tennessee? And, can you buy beer online in Tennessee? As far as Sunday beer purchase are concerned, as of 2019 this was made legal, so beer can be purchased Sundays between noon and midnight. For every other day of the week, Tennessee beer can be purchased between the hours of 6 a.m. and midnight. Finally, for the purchase of beer online, the answer is yes. As of 2015, the governor passed a law allowing alcoholic beverages to be purchased on delivery sites such as GrubHub, Door Dash, Delivery Dudes, and OrderUp, and delivered to people’s doors.

With so many incredible Tennessee craft beers, we have found the most popular and visited Tennessee breweries are: Bearded Iris Brewing, Blackberry Farm Brewery, Jackalope Brewing, Tennessee Brew Works, Wiseacre Brewing, and Yazoo Brewing. All in the list, except Blackberry Farm Brewery and Wiseacre Brewing are Nashville Tennessee breweries, again proving that Nashville remains quite the beer capital of the state.

We have had the pleasure of featuring some of the best craft beers in Tennessee from some of the best craft breweries in Tennessee, including: Yazoo Brewing Company and Blackstone Brewing Company. We are always looking for new Tennessee craft breweries to add to our monthly craft beer club shipments, and hope to have more in the near future. Cheers!