Yazoo Brewing Company
A homebrewer's hobby turned into one of Nashville's most reputable craft breweries
Yazoo Brewing Company’s story is well founded, starting with owner Linus Hall’s passion for homebrewer to formulating Nashville’s first craft beer brewery since Prohibition. For the record, the name Yazoo Brewing is in homage to Linus and Lila Hall’s hometown of Vicksburg, Mississippi and the stately Yazoo River that transverses the city. Linus and Lila held corporate positions and eventually decided that brewing beer was simply more exciting than climbing the corporate ladder.
The couple moved to Nashville to realize their dreams of entering the craft beer arena. Linus Hall earned an MBA from Vanderbilt University and also a craft brewing degree form the American Brewers Guild in California. He then interned with New York’s Brooklyn Brewery before returning to Nashville to begin his entrance into craft brewing as a means of existence.
Yazoo Brewing Company saw the first light of day on October 3, 2003 in the historic Marathon Motor Works building, In the ensuing years, Yazoo Brewing has become the iconic brewing model for the State of Tennessee and many of the region’s surrounding areas.
In 2010, Yazoo Brewing moved to The Gulch, one of Nashville’s most attractive neighborhoods. This location added a new 40-barrel brewhouse, with room to produce much more beer and innovate with new beer styles. In early 2019, the company opened a new taproom and brewery on a 6.5-acre campus north of the city overlooking the scenic Cumberland River that flows down through Nashville.
Yazoo Brewing Company produces a year-round lineup of some ten different brews that have an enthusiastic following throughout the state and elsewhere.
Linus Hall has become a true celebrity in the craft beer world and continues to run the brewery operation seven days a week. Among his credits were the development of SUE, Tennessee’s first ever legal high-gravity ale. SUE was a Smoked Porter that gave homage to the South’s proclivity towards smoking all kinds of foods. The company’s Hefeweizen has garnered a host of individual awards and is one of the most popular beers in the entire portfolio.
The beers of Yazoo Brewing Company set the standard for locally-produced brews and must be considered among the finest in the nation. We hope our Craft Beer Club members enjoy!