BY REBEKAH OLSEN
I love dogs. I love local brew. And I especially love when I can combine the two on a crisp, fall evening while sitting on the patio. Nashville has its fair share of pet-friendly patios, so it’s no surprise that there are eight local breweries that welcome paws of all sizes.
Check out the list below to find the perfect spot for you and your pet! Not sure which beer to try? We asked each brewery to recommend a drink for dog lovers and a drink for cat lovers to lap up on their next visit.
(But remember, since ingesting hops can be very toxic to dogs, it’s best to keep the beer to yourself!)
Jackalope Brewing Company
701 8th Avenue South
“Believe in yourself” is the unofficial motto of Jackalope Brewing Company, and the two women who founded this brewery, Bailey Spaulding and Robyn Virball, certainly believed in their ability to break into a male-dominated market.
Jackalope has an outdoor space with picnic tables and giant Jenga games. In November, when you sip on the Rainy Day Blues porter, twenty percent of your beer purchase will be donated to the Agape Animal Rescue!
Visit the Jackalope Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm, Thursday 4pm to 10pm, Friday 4pm to 8pm, Saturday from noon to 8pm or Sunday 2pm to 6pm.
For Dog Lovers: Dire Wolf IPA
For Cat Lovers: Rompo Red Rye
12 South Taproom and Grill
2318 12th Avenue South in Nashville
Located in the heart of the 12 South District, this taproom offers a line up of beer that changes not just with the season, but sometimes everyday.
All pooches are welcomed on the patio seven days a week from 11am to 12am. The restaurant provides water bowls so both you and your pet can quench your thirst.
Since 12 South Taproom’s beer selection changes frequently, they didn’t recommend any beers but suggest stopping in to see what’s new.
Craft Brewed Bottle Shop and Tasting Room
2502 Franklin Pike in Nashville
Craft Brewed Taproom specializes in selling and serving unique, rare and local craft beers. If you’re not into beer (crazy, right?), they also sell spirits and wine.
Check out their patio Monday through Saturday from 11am to 10pm or Sunday from 12pm to 6pm.
For Dog Lovers: Blackberry Farms Classic Saison
For Cat Lovers: “Just drink wine”
Fat Bottom Brewing
900 Main Street in Nashville
In 2011, Ben Bredesen, owner and Founder of Fat Bottom, swapped software for beer and hasn’t looked back since. Fat Bottom serves dinner and hosts live music from its taproom and beer garden.
You and your pup can enjoy the sounds and grub Tuesday through Friday from 5pm to 10pm and Saturday from noon to 10pm.
For Dog Lovers: Ruby American Red Ale
For Cat Lovers: Ida Golden Ale
Little Harpeth Brewing
30 Oldham Street in Nashville
With beer that’s crafted in the tradition of German lagers and a sustainability project to boot, Little Harpeth Brewing’s mission is to preserve the past and enjoy the present.
Eighty percent of the materials involved in the construction of the brewery came from demolition materials, and you’ll be hard pressed to find anything in the brewery that isn’t recycled, reused or rechargeable--except the beer, of course.
Visit their taproom Friday 5pm to 9ish, Saturday 2pm to 7ish and Sunday 2pm to 6ish.
For Dog Lovers: Bison Bock
For Cat Lovers: Chicken Scratch
521 Old Salem Rd in Murfreesboro
Opened on his birthday in November of 2012, Ozzy Nelson doesn’t like to take his beer too seriously. He simply enjoys brewing a quality beer while making friends along the way, and with a motto like “Beer, Hugs and Rock N’ Roll”, you’re sure to make some friends, furry or otherwise.
Check out Mayday’s patio, Wednesday through Friday 4pm to 8pm and Saturday 1pm to 8pm.
For Dog Lovers: The Velvet Hustle
For Cat Lovers: The Evil Octopus
Tennessee Brew Works
809 Ewing Avenue in Nashville
If you want to conserve energy while drinking a tasty brew, check out Tennessee Brew Works. Their system uses 50 percent less water, 20 percent less raw materials and 20 percent less energy than a traditional lauter tun system.
Relax on their patio with your fur friends Wednesday through Friday from 5pm to 10pm, Saturday from 2pm to 10pm and Sunday from 2pm to 8pm.
For Dog Lovers: Cutaway IPA or Southern Wit
For Cat Lovers: Extra Easy
Yazoo Brewing Company
910 Division Street in Nashville
Linus Hall, founder and brew master, opened Yazoo Brewing Company in October of 2003. You can relax with your pooch on their patio on Wednesday and Thursday from 4pm to 8pm, Friday from 2pm to 8pm or Saturday from noon to 6pm.
While you’re there, pop into their store to check out their selection of pet swag, including collars that also function as bottle openers, water bowls made out of recycled tires and treats made from spent grain.
For Dog Lovers: Dos Perros
For Cat Lovers: Sly Rye Porter
(Photos Above) Left: Jackalope Brewing, Right: Yazoo Brewing
Did I miss one? Share your favorite pet-friendly taproom in the comments below!