Blackstone Brewing Company
Nashville’s first modern craft brewery honors global brewing traditions and styles
Recently named the Fastest Growing Brewery in America by New Yorker Magazine, Blackstone Brewing Company is one of Nashville, Tennessee’s premier craft breweries with a solid portfolio of incredibly distinctive, award winning beers. The brewery was founded by Kent Taylor and Stephanie Weins in 1994 at a time when Nashville was certified ‘Bud Country’ and a new class of beers that would someday be termed craft beers didn’t seem a likely fit. Kent and Stephanie, however, shared a passion for these newer beer styles and knew their vision could be a success.
Kent Taylor, who is still a practicing CPA, met Stephanie Weins in 1991 when her business became a client of his. She was a general manager of a local restaurant in downtown Nashville with a keen business sense and a palate for great beer. The two became fast friends and even practiced home brewing together in their free time.
Shortly after Tennessee passed a law allowing brewpubs, Kent and Stephanie went to work with business plans and research to make their dream of starting a brewery a reality. They even visited over 50 brewpubs across the country doing research for their project (at a time when there were fewer than 500 brewpubs nationally). With the help of family, friends, and some local investors, Kent and Stephanie opened Blackstone Restaurant and Brewery and sold their first beer on December 31, 1994.
When it came to finding a brew master for the operation, Kent sought the advice of Dave Miller - an award winning home brewer, author of six home brewing books, and a professional brewer in his own right. Kent read Dave’s books extensively when he was learning to brew and had even met the author on a fortunate trip to the St. Louis Brewery and Taproom where Dave was the original head brewer. As luck would have it, Dave was interested in the position for himself and promptly moved his family to Nashville to become Blackstone’s Brewmaster.
In 2011, the operations were expanded to include a production microbrewery at a separate facility which allowed Blackstone Brewing Company to distribute and grow their award-winning brand. Sadly, Stephanie lost her battle with lung cancer in February 2014. In honor of her memory, www.stephaniesfight.org was created - a non profit organization with the sole purpose of raising money to support lung cancer research for a cure. Her dream continues to live on through every bottle and keg that’s filled with Blackstone beer. We are proud to introduce this remarkable craft brewery to our Craft Beer Club members.