Nashville's popular local brewery, Yazoo Brewing Co., is set to start pulling pints today in its new taproom on Division Street.
Via Yazoo's blog and Twitter, brewmaster and owner Linus Hall announced that the new taproom would open this afternoon. Hall said the actual brewery section of the new Yazoo headquarters at 910 Division St. is still awaiting inspections before brewing can commence, but the taproom has received its permits from the Metro Beer Board and "all is a go for 4 p.m. today."
Hall called it a "soft opening," but given the taproom's devoted following, it will probably be a mob scene. (It was very tempting for this reporter to sit on the story until she'd had her first fresh pint in the new setting.)
Launched in 2003 by Hall and his wife Lila, Yazoo Brewing Co. almost immediately began winning awards and eventually outgrew its Marathon Motorworks space. The new facility is bigger and will allow the brewery to continue to expand its bottled beer business while also leaving room for Hall to pursue his creative "hop project" experiments with different hops strains and types of brew.
The Halls are Mississippi natives (hence the Yazoo name). A former engineer, Hall has a diverse background that includes a Vanderbilt MBA and a prestigious craftbrewing degree from the American Brewers Guild in California and an internship at the Brooklyn Brewery in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The taproom hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday. On Wednesdays the taproom is open 4 to 6 p.m. refilling growlers only. (A growler is a jug for purchasing fresh draft beer.)