Spirited Away: Alcohol 

Food and Drink 2012

Food and Drink 2012
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Eric England

The quality and variety of locally produced drink — from microbrewed beers to legally distilled moonshine — has never been better.

1. Bluegrass Brewing Company: Jubilee Nut Brown Ale

It may be brewed in Kentucky, but sales of this satisfying English-style brew help benefit Oasis Center, Nashville's own innovative youth center.

2. Yazoo: Sue

The only thing better than a well-placed Johnny Cash reference is a well-placed Johnny Cash reference that's also a beer that's also this good. Thank the sumbitches who named it Sue.

3. Green Brier Distillery: Belle Meade Bourbon

Resurrecting their great-great-great-great-grandfather's brand, the Nelson brothers (neither one named Gunnar) have turned out a fine bourbon, balancing fire and candy to tasty effect.

4. Popcorn Sutton's: Tennessee White Whiskey

What do you call a man who would rather die than go to prison for moonshining? Popcorn Sutton's the name, and his memory lives on as lightnin' in a bottle.

5. Jackalope: Thunder Ann Pale Ale

This Gulch-brewed ale's full name is technically Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett, and it comes from the fictional wife of Davy Crockett — but its hoppy goodness is very much real.

6. Corsair: Spiced Rum

Fledgling mixologists, fear not: Corsair Spiced Rum is here to help you out by guaranteeing your drink will carry delicious vanilla, citrus and spice notes before you've muddled a single lime.

7. Short Mountain: Tennessee Moonshine

Located on Mountain Spirits Lane (as opposed to Thunder Road), this Woodbury, Tenn., whiskey maker might be the only one around that uses an actual mule team to plow its fields.

8. Blackstone: A.P.A.

With their take on the American version of the British classic with the Indian name, Blackstone conjures a bright floral edge for their hoppy, refreshing American Pale Ale.

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