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When he was just a poor college student in the early 90s, Linus Hall bought a homebrewing kit from the back pages of Rolling Stone. Ten years later, he opened his own brewery. Now home to several award-winning beers, Yazoo Brewing Company ships suds across the Southeast, hitting states such as Tennessee and Mississippi. It's also responsible for reviving Gerst beer, a brand that was extremely popular in Nashville before Prohibition?the dark era when the government dammed up the national beer reservoir. As for those who crave exclusive brews, they can stop by Yazoo's Nashville-based taproom, home to the brewery's limited releases and seasonal specialties.?
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Accompanied by the euphonic flourishes of the Nashville Symphony, the talented Nashville Opera cast delivers Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata, the third most popular opera in the world, with twittering uvulas, booming voices, and grand gestures. During the 2.75-hour performance, rib cages expand to illustrate a heartfelt portrait of a courtesan forced to give up the man of her dreams and the saint bernard puppy she bought in college. Like a drunken pizza order, the opera is sung in Italian with projected English translations. Both performances occur in the Andrew Jackson Hall of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, a venue with a 2,474-person capacity.
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