Fat Bottom Brewing in Nashville

The #5 Best U.S. City is Nashville, TN and for good reason! Make a weekend trip and enjoy these hot spots including Fat Bottom Brewing.
Nashville was named the #5 Best U.S. City to Visit according to Travel + Leisure’s “Best of” list debuting this past week. After visiting Nashville last month, this came as no surprise to me. I had an awesome long weekend in Nashville and I’ll be sharing my experience on the blog including this visit to Fat Bottom Brewing.

On my first night in the city, we stumbled across Fat Bottom Brewing in the East Nashville neighborhood and I’m so glad we decided to pop inside the craft brewery for a quick drink.
Fat Bottom Brewing’s manifesto includes the lines “We set out to make beers that are bigger and sexier than what you can find at your local bar. Fat Bottom’s Brews are built around a wide variety of styles from around the world, with our unique touches added.”

After one sip, I knew FBB lived up to their claims.

The beers are bold in flavor and there was a prominent range of style throughout the drafts I tasted. I, of course, tried a flight (sampler) of all six beers on tap because there was no way I could stick with just one.

The #5 Best U.S. City is Nashville, TN and for good reason! Make a weekend trip and enjoy these hot spots including Fat Bottom Brewing.
I sampled:
Ida, belgian style golden ale
Knockout, india pale ale
Hop Shakur, west coast india pale ale
Ruby, american red ale
Black Betty, india black ale
Ginger, the seasonal special, a wheat ale

 

My favorite was an india pale ale, Black Betty. I find that I’m often drawn to dark pale ales and this one did not disappoint although it was still a surprising drink. There is a combination of floral American hops and German malt up front but it ends with a light finish. It’s not an aggressive IPA, but it’s one that’s refreshing, especially in 90+ degree Nashville weather.

 

My least favorite was the seasonal special, Ginger. I had high hopes for this beer considering it was called “Ginger” and I am a proud redhead. 😉 Unfortunately, I’m not a big fan of wheat beers, so this wheat ale wasn’t for me. However, that’s more of a personal preference.Overall, I’ll gladly try another Fat Bottom brew next time I’m in Nashville. And I hope to visit the taproom again.

The #5 Best U.S. City is Nashville, TN and for good reason! Make a weekend trip and enjoy these hot spots including Fat Bottom Brewing.

A little more about the taproom and brewery…

They renovated the building a few years back. It used to be the home of Fluffo Mattress and is located in East Nashville. Since I’m not from the area, I’m not sure if it’s considered a part of the Five Points neighborhood, but it is within walking distance to that neighborhood and it’s selection of other bars and restaurants.

During our visit, we were able to enjoy some live music. From what I could tell they regularly host musical acts. Since it was a super hot day during our visit we stayed in the bar area to enjoy the music, but there is seating in the outdoor beer garden and a deck overlooking the brewery itself.

Photo via Fat Bottom Brewing
Photo via Fat Bottom Brewing

Compared to the buildings and busy streets outside, this place is like a little sanctuary.

Unlike a lot of the breweries here in Cincinnati, Fat Bottom does offer a small in-house menu with seasonal dishes. Everything I saw come out of the kitchen looked mouthwatering, but we had dinner plans elsewhere. Seriously, check out this charcuterie board below – YUM!

Photo via Fat Bottom Brewing
Photo via Fat Bottom Brewing

If you’re interested in learning more about the beer and getting a behind-the-scenes tour the offer a Brewery tour and beer tasting every Saturday at 5:00pm for $5. I’ll be adding both the tour and menu to my to-do list on my return trip to Nashville!

All things said, Fat Bottom Brewing was one of my favorite stops during my trip to Nashville and I’m so glad we stumbled upon it during our first night. According to their website, it looks like FBB will be moving to a new, larger location at The Nations around the end of summer.

Have you been to Nashville? What places do you recommend visiting? And what’s your favorite brewery to visit?! I want to know. Share below!

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The #5 Best U.S. City is Nashville, TN and for good reason! Make a weekend trip and enjoy these hot spots including Fat Bottom Brewing.

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