Yazoo Brewing Company
A homebrewer's hobby turned into one of Nashville's most reputable craft breweries
A Nashville, Tennessee original brewery, Yazoo Brewing Company was founded in 2003 by Brewmaster Linus Hall. Linus and his wife Lila grew up in the city of Vicksburg, Mississippi and named their brewery after their hometown's own Yazoo River. The river was also the site of Linus and Lila's wedding.
Yazoo Brewing began as just a dream of Linus', fueled by years of homebrewing in his basement throughout college. When the couple moved from Mississippi to Nashville in 1996, Linus was working as a successful tire engineer for Bridgestone, and Lila was a curator for the Parthenon. Brewing great beer proved to be just a tad more exciting than engineering tires, and Lila encouraged Linus to open his own brewery.
With the support of his friends and family behind him, Linus quit his job and earned an MBA from Vanderbilt, along with a craft brewing degree from the American Brewers Guild in California. After interning at New York's Brooklyn Brewery in 2001, he was ready to go about it on his own. Just two years later, Yazoo Brewing Company was born!
Linus almost single-handedly built the brewery, securing a location at the old Marathon Motor Works factory building in downtown Nashville. The doors opened in October 2003 and Linus began selling kegs of Yazoo Pale Ale, Dos Perros, Spring Wheat, and Onward Stout to local bars and restaurants. He quickly gained an enthusiastic local following, and even earned some national medals at prominent beer competitions. By 2010, Yazoo Brewing Company had outgrown its original space and Linus moved the brewery to its current home just down the street in the Gulch - a trendy, hip neighborhood of Nashville. The new space includes a 40-barrel brewhouse, lots of space for bigger tanks, and even room to continue growing.
Since opening, Yazoo brews have become popular beers, favorites of Nashville locals, and sought out by craft brewing loyalists around the world. The brewery has also been named the Best Microbrewery in the local Nashville Scene paper. The taproom offers their full lineup of beers, along with snacks and beer bread - made with Yazoo beer of course! Tours are also given daily, allowing Nashville locals and visitors a chance to see behind the scenes of one of the city's most prominent craft breweries. Cheers!