Bark and bite
What do pizza, pups and pints have in common? A recently formed partnership between Chris Rioux of Christopher Pizza Company and Linus and Lila Hall of the Yazoo Brewing Company, in honor of Rioux’s dog George Tucker, means brews will generate bucks for the Nashville Chapter of the Humane Association.
Owned by the Halls, Yazoo Brewing Company is Nashville’s newest craft brewery, located in historic Marathon Village. In addition to its custom brewing business, Yazoo has four of its own beers: Amarillo Pale Ale, Spring Wheat, Dos Perros and Onward Stout. In October, the brewery teamed up with Christopher Pizza, one of the eateries on the rapidly developing Demonbreun Street corridor, to create a specialty beer that would pair well with the restaurant’s honey-wheat crust. Rioux asked that the beer be named after his beloved dog George Tucker, who was adopted from an animal shelter.
With every pint of George Tucker Wheat Beer sold, the restaurant will donate $1 to the Humane Association; for the initial donation, Yazoo Brewing Company matched the first $100 that Christopher Pizza collected from sales of the beer. In December, Christopher Pizza introduced George Tucker Night every Thursday; customers receive a free logo pint glass with the purchase of a George Tucker Wheat Beer.
Meanwhile, Yazoo Brewing Company has recently opened its tasting room to the public. In the cozy taproom, customers can sample all of the brewery’s handcrafted offerings fresh from the brewery taps in pint or 5-oz. samplers. Complementing the beers are small plates of artisan cheeses, fresh breads, chutney, fruits and nuts. Also available for purchase are freshly filled half-gallon bottles of beer to go, as well as logo T-shirts and glasses.
The taproom, located in the brewery, is open 4-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2-6 p.m. Saturday. Yazoo Brewing Company is in Marathon Village, at 12th Avenue North and Clinton Street. Phone: 320-0290. Christopher Pizza Company is at 1524-A Demonbreun St. Phone: 742-7464.
Time to eat
Two of Nashville’s favorite neighborhood restaurants have recently changed operating hours and slightly revised their menus.
The Red Rooster, in Sylvan Park next door to Caffe Nonna, is now operating on its winter schedule: 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri.; 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat.; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. The Rooster serves breakfast all day, as well as pizzas, calzones, wraps and salads, along with specialty drinks and beer.
The Alley Cat Lounge in East Nashville’s Five Points has made some seasonal menu changes featuring new appetizer and entrée selections. The bar has also added Yazoo beer to its tap selection. Alley Cat is now serving lunch Tuesday through Friday; on the menu are favorites from the dinner menu such as flatlander enchiladas and drunken chicken, as well as a newly added burger.