Jackalope Brewing Company
Jackalope Brewing Company offers unique, premium quality beers while bringing the great Nashville community together.
Bailey Spaulding is the Co-Founder and CEO of Jackalope Brewing Company, one of Nashville, Tennessee’s standout breweries known not only for its award-winning, quality beers, but also for being the state’s first women-founded craft brewery. Since opening its doors in 2011, Jackalope Brewing Company has focused on creativity, community involvement, and sustainability. Now eleven years later, the brewery is recognized as a respected pioneer and leader of the Nashville craft beer scene.
Born and raised in Montpelier, Vermont, Bailey Spaulding grew up surrounded by a thriving craft beer culture that gave her an early love for great beer. She went on to graduate from Harvard University in 2004 with a degree in Biological Anthropology, after which she moved to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt Law School - perhaps not the most typical path for a brewer!
It was in Nashville, during law school, that Bailey first fell in love with home brewing - she realized that to get the type of beers she was used to drinking in Vermont, she would have to make them herself! Bailey’s creativity was ignited and she found her passion for writing craft beer recipes greatly outweighed her passion for studying law. After graduating, Bailey decided to start working toward opening her own brewery, and Nashville seemed like the perfect place to do it.
Along with Co-Founder Robyn Virball, who she met while studying abroad in Scotland, Bailey started Jackalope Brewing Company in 2011. The brewery’s name comes from Bailey’s fascination with the jackalope, a mythical creature (described as a jackrabbit with antelope horns) from North American folklore she used to think was real. Steve Wright joined the team as an intern in 2010, and eventually became partner and COO. Robyn left the brewery in 2014 to pursue other interests, while Bailey and Steve continue to grow the Jackalope dream into what it is today.
After outgrowing their original brewery, in 2018 the team opened a second location (affectionately nicknamed ‘The Ranch’) with larger production and taproom space. The taproom and brewery are located in the heart of the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood in Nashville, where the team specializes in brewing and canning Jackalope’s wide variety of year-round, seasonal, and limited-release offerings. Another fact worth noting is that Jackalope Brewing Company was Nashville’s first craft brewery to can beer back in 2013!
Today, Jackalope Brewing Company has certainly come a long way and stands as one of the top craft breweries in Nashville. Please enjoy two of their top-rated offerings. Cheers!