Since tapping its first beer almost twenty years ago, Blackstone Brewery has continued to brew an ever-evolving selection. Now a decorated purveyor of fine ferments, Blackstone has collected 17 awards to date, including a gold medal at the 2010 World Beer Cup for its Chaser Pale brew, and its St. Charles Porter became the most awarded brown porter in the Great American Beer Festival's history. Its intimate brewery space tempts thirsty patrons to attend a variety of tastings or view the beer tanks and engage in an up close and personal hug. Along with their craft brews, Blackstone cooks up a diverse menu, including plates of chipotle pork tenderloin with smoked gouda grits, fresh salads, and hearty pub grub such as shepherd's pies and baby back ribs. For those who wish to experience the brewery's offerings outside of the brewpub, Blackstone recently opened a Nashville facility that brews and distributes bottles daily throughout middle Tennessee.
When visitors walk between the 1853 Greek-revival mansion’s six solid-cut stone pillars, onto the portico, and through the heavy wood door, they might tour the rooms or learn to cook in its original kitchen. Originally founded by John Harding in 1807 for thoroughbred-horse breeding, the rolling grounds of Belle Meade Plantation now welcome seasonal tours and events ranging from book signings to art shows. Knowledgeable guides in period costumes lead tour groups through the building’s parlors and bedrooms and down a long central hallway to ascend the three floors via a circular cherry-wood staircase.
As groups wander the mansion and cross the grounds, guides divulge facts about famous visitors, such as President Cleveland and General Ulysses S. Grant, including the fact that they probably got scared of the dark just like normal people. During special tours, the staff demonstrates Southern cooking techniques and walks visitors through an herb garden or serves them lemonade or hot wassail with desserts. In an on-grounds winery, winemakers hold tastings of red and white varietals made from Tennessee grapes. Visitors can also clink wineglasses over Southern-style cuisine at the Harding House restaurant, located on the plantation grounds.
Let's Make Wine helps vino aficionados brew and bottle their dream blend of wine during a four-week course, available in the evening or on Saturdays by appointment. The foray into brewing begins by selecting one of the many wine kits to serve as a base, adding in ingredients and softly whispered compliments to customize the fermenting concoction to a palate's demands. Grape gastronomes pop in once a week to check on their burgeoning brew, spending a combined total of two to three hours overseeing their tailored creation with the help of head winemaker Cheryl Lisi. Once fully fermented, wines slink inside corked cages, with customized labels spelling out the vintage or the appropriate type of cereal to pour it in. The 30 bottles of resulting wine, each 750 milliliters, make for pleasant gifts or decorative cellar-stuffing.
The owners of Myridia designed their lounge-like eatery to be a place where guests can spend an entire evening and feel as though they've visited multiple venues. The menu covers flavors from several international cuisines—Middle Eastern and Japanese, to name a few—that arrive at tables as appetizers, salads, paninis, and Asian bowls. That worldly approach is also reflected by the drink menu, crowned by wines sourced from regions such as South Africa, Spain, and California. The lounge-like atmosphere keeps patrons relaxing on plush seats while they enjoy themed nightly music events that may range from an '80s night to an evening of songs from local singers and songwriters.
Corsair Artisan fills glasses across the country with award-winning spirits that are internationally recognized for both their complexity and flavor. Similar to modern microbreweries, the company's two distilleries—one in Nashville, the other in Bowling Green—produce small-volume batches of high-quality products, including gin, absinthe, and seasonal spirits such as pumpkin-spiced moonshine. To maintain the utmost control over its flavors, Corsair Artisan painstakingly crafts its selection using hand-operated stills, which, unlike major producers, enables the company to experiment with ingredients and personally deliver thank-you cards to each bubble that pops up during the production process.
Few things in life are finer than a cigar (except perhaps a bacon-wrapped cigar). Today's deal will convert your printed Groupon into a few of these delightfully puffable paperwads: for $10, you get $20 towards cigars and accessories at Midtown Cigars. While Midtown, located here, is known for its near-endless selection of wine and spirits, your Groupon can only be used toward non-alcoholic items in accordance with the Sumerian Code of Ur-Nammu.