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Drinking Made Easy: Nashville

Drinking Made Easy: Nashville

January 9, 2012 2

Zane and Steve head to the ‘Country Music Capitol of the World’, Nashville, Tennessee. Nashville has been known as a sort of Mecca for country music but Zane and Steve have other things on their minds, namely, booze! The boys will be looking to taste some of that native Tennessee whiskey, locally brewed beers, and some Ole Smoky Moonshine. Join them as we learn the difference between bourbon and whiskey, how moonshine is made, and how they drink down in Nashville!


  • Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler: Ole Smoky Moonshine is the first legal moonshine distillery in Tennessee and creates a number of traditional and flavored moonshine concoctions. Ole Smoky was founded by families of some of the first settlers of the smoky mountains where moonshine was a common ritual. Ole Smoky still uses traditional moonshine methods today and creates their moonshine from locally grown crops. 903 Parkway Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler, Gatlinburg, TN 37738  (865) 436-6995
  • Whiskey Kitchen: Whiskey Kitchen is located in Nashville’s hip Gulch neighborhood. This ‘tavern-chic’ spot serves up gourmet pub fare, an extensive spirits menu in a stylish, lively environment. For those looking to have a fantastic time, Whiskey Kitchen will not disappoint. 118 12th Avenue South  Nashville, TN 37203-3102(615) 254-3029
  • 12 South Taproom & Grill: Located in the heart of the 12 South District in Nashville, TN, The Taproom is and has been an authentic, neighborhood hang since 2006. Stop by for a cold beer, some delicious food, or just a good time with a bit of both. South Taproom only offers local, craft, and micro brews on tap, no macro-breweries allowed on tap. 2318 12th Ave S  Nashville, TN 37204 (615) 463-7552
  • The Patterson House: The Patterson House is a quaint, hard-to-find, speak-easy tavern located in a what would appear to be an old residential home. Upon entering and passing the curtain you are greeted by old-timely bartenders who make classic cocktails to exact specifications. Each drink is made exactly the same way every time. 1711 Division Street  Nashville, TN 37203-2701 (615) 636-7724
  • City House: This restaurant and bar located in the middle of Nashville gives off a very rural vibe and offers great food and amazing cocktails. 1222 4th Ave N Nashville, TN 37208 (615) 736-5838
  • No. 308: This bar packs a lot of flair and style into their drinks with a unique vibe and a unique way of doing things. For instance, they not only use a juicer for their drinks but also add their own carbonation right there at the bar. Try a Whiskey Ginger or anyone of their other amazing cocktails with a fresh batch of CO2. 407 Gallatin Ave Nashville, TN 37206 (615) 650-7344


 Vincent’s Ruin Recipe

 Porch Pounder Recipe

 Whiskey Ginger (No.308) Recipe

 Richard Brautigan Recipe

What We Featured

  • Yazoo Brewering Company-SueThe south is famous for smoking everything. Why not beer? Sue is a big, rich, smoky malt bomb of a beer, with mellow smokiness coming from barley malts smoked with cherry wood, and assertive bitterness from Galena and Perle hops to cleanse the finish. *Zane and Steve get to chug a pint of this rich beer in this episode
  • Yazoo Brewery Company-Dos Peros: Many Mexican beer styles today are descendants of old Austrian styles, from when Austria ruled Mexico in the late 19th century. Our Dos Perros is made with German Munich malt, English Pale malt, and Chocolate malt, and hopped with Perle and Saaz hops. To lighten the body, as many Mexican brewers do, we add a small portion of flaked maize. The result is a wonderfully bready malt aroma, balanced with some maize sweetness and a noble hop finish.
  • Nashville Roller Girls: Zane and Steve face off in the 6-pack challenge with the Nashville Roller Girls in a roller derby match. Learn more about the roller girls here.
  • Corsair Red Absinthe: “We’ve started with traditional 1800′s recipes and herbs to give our absinthe superieure the clean notes of a classic blanche. Then we tweak with the unusual, including citrus, tarragon (Dragon Wormwood, a relative of the Grand Wormwood we use), and red Hibiscus for floral tones and color. We’re pleased to share this unique result with you.”

Fun Facts

  • One of Tennessee’s state songs, “Rocky Top,” references two men looking for moonshine stills.
  • Ole Smoky makes seven varieties of moonshine.
  • In Memphis, Zane makes cocktails for rappers, Three 6 Mafia, using Ole Smoky’s cherry flavor moonshine.
  • Tennessee started out as Bourbon country, but is today known to specialize in the distinctive tennessee style of whiskey.
  • Any Bourbon, or other domestic or imported whiskey, aged less than four years, must contain an age statement on the label.
  • Bourboon must be: 51%-79% corn, made in the United States, aged two years in chard oak barrels.
  • An adult has on average 9,000 taste buds that become weaker with age.
  • Typical American Lagers are between 3.5% and 4.5% alcohol by volume.
  • The average person drinks 3 to 5 liters a day, but can drink about 20.
  • Today’s mexican beers can often reflect the old Austrian styles due to Mexico’s rule by Austria for brief years.
  • When Van Gogh died at 37, his work was hardly known or appreciated.
  • Van Gogh, along with painting, is known for cutting off his ear and giving it to his girlfriend after an absinthe binge.
  • Corsair Distillery makes small batch gin, vodka, rum, absinthe, rye whiskey, single malt whiskey, and moonshine.
  • Mason jars were developed in 1858 for preserving and canning foods.
  • George Dickel is the only Tennessee whiskey to use a “chill method” to filter out oils and fatty acids found in most whiskeys.


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  1. Chris January 12, 2012 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Help me with the Malcolm Patterson quote from the Patterson House. I can’t find on on the Internet. Maybe I was drinking. Stolat

  2. steve September 6, 2012 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    When are you coming back to Nashville? So much you missed.

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