Nashville Restaurants and Food
The Great Nashville Taproom Swap
Corsair Distillery Taproom
1200 Clinton St.
910 Division Street
You walk into the grand brick factory building and into a cloistered set of chambers. There in the back you find beer, really good beer, and in a cozy room that reminds you of a hole in the wall pub in Europe. Sounds like the Yazoo Brewery taproom. And it was. But now the great switch is underway and the taproom in the historic Marathon Motors building on Clinton Street is the Corsair Distillery taproom. The new Yazoo brewery and taproom is located over in the gulch.
In case you think this switch was easy, we point out that Linus Hall from Yazoo was still packing his stuff up on this sunny Saturday afternoon. The Corsair guys meanwhile are taking out part of the roof to fit their 22 foot distilling contraption. All of this is met with smiles and a couple of beers.
The all beer taproom is just for fun and a way to get people interested in the Corsair products: artisanal vodka, gin, absinthe, rum and whiskey. They can’t serve those spirits on the exact site of the distillery. The Corsair guys hope to begin distilling in the next few weeks. They’re starting with whiskeys for the Nashville location. Triple smoke whiskey and Rasputin stout whiskey will be aged. The Rye whiskey is un-aged.
We’re really happy that the Clinton Street location is open again as a beer drinking establishment. Even that ratty courtyard is a welcome place to toss a few back. The Corsair folks are doing all of this in a soft opening. They have 15 beers on tap, including a complete selection of Yazoo, and a few menu items. A Scrimshaw Pilsner went well with the spicy feta dip. The boys are keeping the Yazoo tradition of cheese and Provence bread. Roasted jalapeno salsa was pretty good with a Coney Island Lager. They’ll even do beer flights for you.
We enjoyed all of this thanks to longtime reader mIKES who tipped us off to the soft opening. We had a blast with mIKES and his friends as we talked and drank beer in the glorious spring weather. And the funny part is that each one of us had been to the new Yazoo location just a couple of hours earlier.
The new Yazoo taproom isn’t much from the outside yet, but give it time. Inside you’ll find a sleek and modern room, about 10 times larger than the old taproom. And they need that space. They open at 2pm on a Saturday. By 2:18pm we spotted 18 people in line and most of the tables filled. The sunny patio is another nice addition. Despite the crowds the Yazoo staff keeps the beer pouring and no one was waiting in line for long. The only downsides: the room still needs some soul and that will probably come with time. It’s also really loud; perhaps some acoustic tiles on the ceiling might help cut down the din. We enjoyed our Hop Project #28 (a little milder than previous batches) and the Rye Saison (like a heffe but with a nice bite to the finish). They serve Mattingly cheeses from Kentucky and Sweetwater cheeses from Tennessee, along with those specially made Provence breads. It’s awesome to see an original and independent Nashville brewer do so well. Yazoo has been a tremendous addition to this city and we think Corsair will be the same.
Hopefully the Marathon Motors building will be back on track now. We were worried when Yazoo moved out, but With Corsair as an anchor we could see all sorts of funky and cool joints opening up. We’d love to see Clinton Street be the new hip neighborhood in Nashville.
The Corsair taproom is open Thursday 4-8pm, Friday 4-8pm and Saturday 2pm-8pm. Ditto for Yazoo.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Nashville Restaurants and Food