Nashville’s Yazoo Brewing Co., whose ales and lagers should be familiar to most Memphis craft beer drinkers, is celebrating its 20th birthday this month.
To toast the occasion, Yazoo is throwing a party on Saturday, Oct. 21.
The free event will feature special beer tappings, live music and food trucks. It will be held at Yazoo’s brewery and taproom location at 900 River Bluff Drive in Madison, Tenn.
A little about Yazoo Brewing
Yazoo’s brewmaster Linus Hall and his wife, Lila, founded Yazoo Brewing in October 2003, and they remain owners and operators of the Nashville brewery.
Here are some interesting “firsts” in Yazoo’s rich history:
- Linus Hall first started brewing in the 1990s after he ordered a homebrewing kit from an ad in Rolling Stone.
- Yazoo was Nashville’s first production brewery to open since the days of prohibition.
- Yazoo first opened in Nashville’s historic Marathon Motor Works building, then moved to Nashville’s Gulch neighborhood in 2010. Yazoo finally settled into its current home in Madison in 2018.
- Yazoo won its first Great American Beer Festival medal in 2004. Yazoo’s Hefeweizen was the gold medal winner in the South German-Style Hefeweizen category that year. Yazoo has since won three more GABF medals.
- Yazoo first started bottling its beers in 2005 after acquiring a small, used bottling line. Yazoo started offering canned beers in 2019.
- In 2009, Yazoo started making Sue, a smoked porter, which was the first legal high-gravity beer brewed in Tennessee.