Your Guide to the Best BBQ & Brews of Nashville and Memphis
Your Tennessee vacation is not complete without tasting the best brews and barbeque of the town. With thousands of options to choose from you want to make sure you're experiencing the best pulled pork and pints around, which is why we've created your go to guide to the best BBQ and craft breweries to check out in Nashville and Memphis.
Welcome to Tennessee, where honky-tonks, country music, beer, and BBQ reign supreme. A getaway to Music City or weekend out on Beale Street is just what the doctor ordered, but with thousands of options for bars and restaurants it's key to make sure you're choosing only the best of the best on your southern adventure. That's why we've narrowed it down for you, creating a guide to the absolute best in BBQ and craft breweries that Nashville and Memphis have to offer.
Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint
Featured on the Food Network, Today Show, and the Travel Channel just to name a few, Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint has been spreading the gospel of whole hog barbeque since 2006. This BBQ empire has four locations, but we recommend hitting the downtown joint and exploring the backyard beer garden.
Edley's, a tribute to all things southern, is an institution for the traditional meat and three dinner in Nashville. Using local White Oak wood, Edley's meat is smoked low and slow, only making enough for each day, so be sure to arrive early so you don't miss out.
Peg Leg Porker
Located in the Gulch neighborhood of Nashville, the Peg Leg Porker is quickly gaining traction in the Nashville BBQ scene since opening in 2013. Pitmaster Carey Bringle's old school BBQ style joint features a soulful interior and great outdoor patio with views of downtown.
Yazoo Brewing Company
One of the most famous names in Nashville craft beer, Yazoo opened its doors in 2003, brewing the Yazoo Pale Ale, Dos Perros, Spring Wheat, and Onward Stout beers. Today you can find a Yazoo beer at just about any bar or restaurant in Tennessee, but the relaxed atmosphere of the taproom is certainly worth the visit. Open Wednesday through Sunday, stop by for a tour, or enjoy a pint on the taproom patio.
Tennessee Brew Works
This microbrewery is unique in that aside from making delicious beer, Tennessee Brew Works prides themselves on using eco-friendly practices in their daily processes. Their finely tuned craft beer uses very little water to produce their beers more efficiently, so you can feel even better about enjoying your tasty brew.
Jackalope Brewing Company
The name Jackalope stems from co-founder, Bailey Spaulding's fascination with this mythical creature who she was convinced did, in fact exist. Jackalope's year round brews include the Thunder Ann American Pale Ale, Rompo Red Rye Ale, Bearwalker Maple Brown Ale, and Fennario India Pale Ale. Stop by the taproom for weekly Thursday night trivia and live music by local artist every Sunday afternoon.
Charles Vergos Rendevous
Charles Vergos Rendezvous has been a staple in Memphis BBQ since 1948. Located across from the Peabody Hotel in an alley downtown, this basement has remained the same despite over a half century of change to the city surrounding it. This spot is oozing with Memphis soul from the sounds of the blues, to the rich aroma of smoky meats.
If you're looking for the best of the best in Memphis BBQ, look no further than Central BBQ. This famous joint has been ranked in the top three BBQ restaurants in Memphis since 2003, and received honorable mentions ten times. The Central BBQ style includes slow smoking all of their meats, marinating them for 24 hours in a secret dry rub combination, and never adding sauce to the pit. All sauces are served on the side and include mild, hot, vinegar, and mustard to choose from.
The Cozy Corner is known for switching it up a bit when it comes to their barbeque. Their most popular dish is the smoked Cornish hen rather than a traditional pork dish. Prepare for a bit of a wait upon arrival as this Memphis landmark is known for creating lines around the block.
Ghost River Brewing
Memphis is known for having some of the best drinking water on earth thanks to the Memphis Sand Aquifer which serves as a natural purifier to the city's water supply through its 850 feet of fine sand and natural quartz. To give back in honor of this blessing mother nature has bestowed on the Memphis brewing community, Ghost River donates $1 of every barrel brewed to benefit the Wolf River watershed. Stop by the tap room for a flight and enjoy food trucks daily, plus live music every weekend.
Wiseacre Brewing Co
The name Wiseacre stems from the nickname that the founder's grandmother would use to scold them as misbehaving adolescents, Despite growing up as troublemakers the Bartosch brothers mastered the art of craft beer attending beer school at World Brewing Academy and working at Rock Bottom Brewery in Chicago and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. The brothers now pride themselves on serving up unique and flavorful beer to the Memphis community. The colorful Wiseacre cans can be found at most Memphis establishments, and if you stop by the brewery be sure to bring cards as the taproom is fully cash free.
Memphis Made Brewing Company
Memphis Made is known for their seasonal, limited-edition beers, so if you find a pint you love be sure to stock up right away. Year round offerings include the Lucid Kolsch, Fireside Amber, and RockBone IPA. Take advantage of the free brewery tours every Saturday and Sunday at 4 PM, plus if you get hungry while you're enjoying your brew the taproom allows deliveries from outside restaurants.