Treat Yourself: A Beverage Guide to Rutherford County
Start your tour de stress-release at Mayday Brewery. Go hang with Ozzy at this funky and welcoming brew spot. A relaxed place for pets and people of all ages, Mayday fosters a chill community where you can sit and sip to your heart’s content. Or—if you’ve got a bit of the get-up-and-go in you—there’s a full-on disk golf course and sometimes even yoga. Either way, you’ve got a whole host of beers to try from the Angry Redhead and Aunt Nancy’s Lemon Basil Sour to the Evil Octopus and Mink Slide Milk Stout and more. Oh – and did we mention live music Fridays?
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Next on your itinerary is the 84-acre Hop Springs Beer Park. In response to COVID-19, Hop Springs built an entirely new outdoor stage venue to accommodate social distancing while also preserving the experience of live concert events. Talk about a true dedication to live music! They are also the home of the fermentation labs for MTSU which means there’s nothing but top-of-the-line goodness coming out of those taps. Bring the whole family (including the dog) out for good tastes and great music.
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Be sure to welcome some of our newest neighbors to town as Panther Creek Brews soft-opened over the summer. Don’t let their newness fool you though—this craft brewery wages war against boring beer. Get with the Porch Lyfe: a super dank grapefruit, West Coast-inspired IPA. Roll with their take on a traditional scotch ale called the Creek Smoke. Kick back with light and creamy vanilla Two Scoops ale. Or get Panther Scratched with their classic IPA. No matter your choice, you can’t go wrong.
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Like all good things, your winery experience comes to you in threes. Starting with Big Creek Winery Tasting Room, you should note all the wine names have a hidden meaning. Each is named for something of local value to help tie what you’re drinking back to the place it was made. Next, Avian Glen Winery offers free wine tastings daily in a charmingly rustic setting. They have flights of wines for every palette. Be sure to try the Honey Smack while you’re there! Made from Tennessee Honey, this honey mead wine is well worth the trip! Round out your vino visit at Arrington Vineyards, which gives you the classic “wine country experience.” With its sprawling hillside and luscious scenery, you can pack the perfect picnic and slip away from the real world for a bit.
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If—at the end of the day—you need something stronger, Short Mountain Distillery comes in clutch to put the fire back in your belly. Packed with a variety of 100 proof whiskies and a moonshine recipe handed down for generations that uses natural cave spring water, you can be sure Short Mountain knows what they’re doing when it comes to spirits. They also offer tours, tastings and cocktail classes alongside an amazing restaurant experience.
No matter if you intend to sip, swig or chug through this list of adult beverages, we’re here to say Rutherford County has a good time in store for you. Take a slice out of your busy schedule and remember to kick back and enjoy life a little. And for the safety of you, me and the rest of Tennessee, remember to mask up, socially distance and drive responsibly in Rutherford County!
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