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SAVOR Brewery Profile: Yazoo Brewing (@Yazoobrew)

Yazoo Brewing should be one of the more interesting but lesser known attendees at this year’s event. That’s what makes the lottery process work so well is that it provides an equal opportunities for breweries like Yazoo to expand their reach and get great visibility amongst craft beer fans. These guys seem to be traditional at heart but with a bit on the creative side and often deviating slightly outside the norm creating really unique beers.

When I think of Nashville, beer is not the first thing that comes to mind. Hank Williams, Sr. and the Ryman Auditorium are common associations with the country music capital of the world.  But standard reputation aside, the truth is that Tennessee has a rich brewing history. Hell, in 1903 the Tennessee Brewing Company was one of the largest breweries in the south and was turning out 250,000 barrels a year. To put things into perspective, that’s roughly four times Dogfish Head’s present day production volume. Fast forward almost 110 years and you will find a resurgent brewing culture throughout the south. At the center of this renaissance is Yazoo Brewing of Nashville, Tennessee. Owner Linus Hall is no newcomer to the craft beer game. Hall apprenticed under Garrett Oliver at Brooklyn Brewery and then spent five years perfecting his brewing under the American Brewer’s Guild before going on to open Yazoo Brewing in 2003.

Type: Production brewery

Available in DC Market: No

SAVOR Offerings:

Rye Saison (Saison)

Beer Advocate: B + (26 Reviews )
Rate Beer: 60 Overall, 25 Style
Notes: Consistent with the saison style, this offering will have the typical sharp yeast and faint sour notes. Obviously, the rye is a bit of a curveball for this style, but it seems like it works well and will play into the style’s general spiciness.  I can’t wait to try this one.

Sue (American Porter)

Beer Advocate: A- (81 Reviews)
Rate Beer:
99 Overall, 96 Style
Notes: Like the rye saison, this Sue is a familiar style but with added complexity. Yazoo throws in some cherry wood smoked malt that gives this beer a bit of an oak aged flavor and dry finish. This should play nicely with the sweetness from the loads of black patent and chocolate malts.

What you need to know:

Yazoo Brewing should be one of the more interesting but lesser known attendees at this year’s event. That’s what makes the lottery process work so well: it provides equal opportunities for breweries like Yazoo to expand their reach and get great visibility in a craft beer crowd. These guys seem to be both traditional at heart and willing to show a bit of a creative side by deviating slightly from the norm and creating really unique beers.

This profile is a part of the DCBEER.COM SAVOR Brewery Profile series. For more information, follow this link to see profiles of all 2011 SAVOR participants.

Beer Review Disclaimer: The beer reviews found on Beer Advocate and Rate Beer do not represent the opinions of this site. We provide these in the hope that they will serve as a resource showing what some craft beer fans have thought of the beers. These reviews can be a helpful guideline, but are not the be-all end-all about a beer’s strengths or weaknesses.

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