A Gentleman’s Guide to Williamson County’s Top Breweries
The sprawling beer scene in Middle Tennessee is becoming an entity amongst both craft and classic beer drinkers. The number of breweries continue to rise as craft and artisan brewers dive into the drinking sphere. In 2016, the most recent year of released data, the Brewers Association reported Tennessee was the state with the 20th largest economic impact from craft beer sales. The amount of craft breweries in the state has tripled since 2011. This number keeps growing each year, and Tennessee is beginning to get recognition for its part in the beer scene. With the emergence of innovative beer initiatives and creative twists on beer classics, craft breweries are now a staple in communities across the state. The following are three popular breweries in Williamson County and should most definitely be on your schedule for the next night out with the guys!
Mill Creek Brewery opened in 2016 at its Nolensville location. Camille Tambunting, marketing and event manager, says the brewery serves five year-round beers, with Lil Darlin’ being the most popular. It also provides seasonal beers for summer and winter. The brewery’s newest series is The Shield, which consists of single batches only and gives the brewers an opportunity to be creative. Camille says Mill Creek hosts many events and, although the brewery does not provide tours, the environment is very open and guests are welcome to explore.
Jane and Chris Hartland, owners of Cool Springs Brewery, purchased the space, which was formerly Guido’s New York Pizza, in 2008. They took a year for renovations before opening in 2009 as the first microbrewery in Williamson County. Jane says Franklin’s First, a Kolsch-style beer, is one of her favorites. The brewery typically has 10 beers on tap, including IPAs, wheat beers, a coffee stout, a coconut porter and several seasonal beers. Keeping true to the roots of the building, it also serves New York-style pizza.
Mantra Artisan Ales, located in Franklin, opened in 2015 and offers a wide variety of beer to guests. Jordan Sullivan, communications coordinator, says her favorite beers are the Amour Rouge and Cassis, both sours. The newest beer gaining popularity is Steel Barrel Brewery’s Raider IPA. Mantra has 28 taps, which includes a homemade fountain soda and cold brew coffee. The brewery provides tours for $10 per person, which includes a beer. Jordan says they host movie nights on Mondays, trivia on Tuesdays, a runner’s group on Thursdays, food trucks on Fridays and yoga on Saturday. Mantra is now a part of the beverage company Life is Brewing.