VonSeitz Theoreticales Tasting at WMWLM + GIVEAWAY – FRIDAY

West Meade Wine and Liquor Mart is hosting a beer and cheese tasting event with Von vstSeitz Theoreticales and Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese on Friday, March 3rd from 4-6 PM. Von Seitz Theoreticales is one of Tennessee’s newest craft breweries. Located in Smithville, just over an hour east of Nashville, Alex VonSteiz and Jason Lemanski are brewing on an old pilot system from our good friends at Calfkiller Brewing out of neighboring Sparta. Alex has been running the lab at Calfkiller for some time and continues to do so. However, Alex was driven to release his own series of wild, funky, and foraged ales. The Smithville area is a home away from home for me, so it’s been really exciting to see Smithville’s first craft brewery release some outstanding beers, right out of the gate. Here’s how VonSeitz Theoreticales describes themselves:

“This beer is weird we keep it weird, This beer is often bold and always changing…

our beer is a living thesis, we brew evolving ales using our own blend of scientific knowledge and reverent tradition, we are a pilot brewery at heart. using herbs and foraged additions along with yeast and bug strains isolated in our own laboratory.  We send our batch releases out into the world for those who wander.

wanderers are our people, they are the homebrewers who stay up late perfecting skills with minimal supplies, they are the hikers looking for deeper forest and longer trails,  Theoreticales is made for those who search.”

– VonSeitz Theoreticales

VonSeitz Theoreticales has already released a handful of ales that have been very well
received by the lucky few who have gotten their hands on them. Alex releases his beer in batches and the batches have been extremely small. By using herbs, foraged ingredients, andvst-bottles self isolated yeast strains, VonSeitz is doing something uniquely Tennessean. Alex’s “day job” is at a laboratory in Nashville, so he has been able to cultivate a relationship with a few, select liquor stores in the Nashville area. One of these is West Meade Wine and Liquor Mart. John Lewis at WMWLM is one of the most knowledgeable beer sellers in Nashville and has always been on top of what’s new and hard to find. There are often only a few bottles of each VonSeitz beer available, so to say they are rare would be an understatement. VonSeitz will be bringing three of their beers to WMWLM on Friday, so it’s a great opportunity to sample multiple beers from this up and coming local brewery:

Jackie Treehorne

It is a rye nut brown, dry hopped with hickory smoked hops and nuts that have been roasted,  Reduced with a passive low heat kiln toasting that brings out the walnuts, almonds and pecans. Concentrated with fresh made macerated tinctures, balancing the smoke with a candied like nuttiness. Locally sourced rye finishing it out and making this brew almost a deconstruct of TN whiskey.

Hennessey Sour

The first sour mixed fermentation beer from the brewery. This blended Brett primary with late onset lactobacillus Naturally carbonated and hopped with Polish hops that add a earthiness to the character of these multiple use barrels.
Tastes of oak, sherry and cherry notes and an amber sweetness come through the beer.

Herbal Pilsner

This Pilsner is full of herbal goodness – tarragon, sage, rosemary, green tea, mango, fig and blackberry brambles. The Herbal Pilsner compliments any spicy dish.

Both Hennessey Sour and Jackie Treehorne will be available for purchase in vst-glassware750 mL bottles and Herbal Pilsner will be on draft for tasting at the event. In addition to these great beers, Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese is sending some of their award winning cheese to sample. Kenny’s is the OG of great cheese in this area and WMWLM has a great selection of their offerings. I’m sure John will do a great job of pairing them with Alex’s beers.

Now, to the giveaway!  WMWLM has graciously offered Tennessee Maltz a $25 gift certificate and this piece of VonSeitz Theoreticales glassware to give away (photo courtesy of Hennessey Newton). To win this glass and gift certificate, you just need to follow us both on Instagram (@TennesseeMaltz and @wmwlm), like this post, and tag three friends on it. That’s all it takes! The contest ends on Friday at noon CST and I will select a winner soon thereafter. Good luck and don’t miss this great event at WMWLM on Friday!



Abraxas and Sump on Draft at Brewhouse South – TONIGHT

Brewhouse South (1855 Galleria Blvd, Franklin, TN 37067) in Cool Springs is hosting a Perennial Artisan Processed with VSCOAles tap takeover tonight starting at 5PM. Both Abraxas (a 10% ABV Imperial Stout brewed with ancho chili peppers, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and cinnamon sticks) and Sump (a 10.5% ABV Imperial Stout with Sump Coffee from the Cauca region of Colombia) will be pouring. If you missed out on bottles, this may be your best chance to taste both of these outstanding stouts. The takeover will also feature White Impala (a 6% ABV draft-only wheat IPA dry-hopped with Mosaic, Huell Melon, and Mandarina Bavaria), Hommel Bier (a 5.9% ABV draft-only Belgian pale ale with Chinook and Columus), and Saison de Lis (a 5% ABV straw colored Belgian-style Saison brewed with chamomile flowers).

img_1516Needless to say, this is a killer lineup with some of Perennial’s rare and draft only offerings. It’s definitely worth the trip out to Cool Springs for these great beers and if you haven’t been to Brewhouse South, you might not know that they have one of the best draft lists in the Nashville area. Sean Vaughan and Hunter Freemont do an excellent job of cultivating a list that truly has something for every beer drinker (including you Bud Light chugging brother). And unlike some of the other Brewhouses, Brewhouse South is non-smoking and is large enough to never seem crowded. My favorite thing about Brewhouse South has to be that all drafts under 10.1% ABV are half priced all weekend, every weekend. So, of course, it’s one of our go-to places for lunch on Saturday and Sunday. I’m hoping that one particular beer survives until lunch on Saturday. It’s easy for me to talk my wife into cheap pours of big Imperial Stouts.

Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break hits Nashville – TODAY

The wait is over! The Evil Twin and Westbrook collaboration, Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break, will be hitting the Nashville market staring today. This beer combines two of my all time favorite adjunct stouts, Imperial Biscotti Break and Mexcian Cake, and is absolutely delicious. Interesting, this batch of IMBCB was brewed to order based on projections from beer resellers. So, there should be plenty to go around. There may be some other barrel aged goodies from Evil Twin hitting this week, as well. Don’t tell anyone that I told you that, though.


Sliderpalooza with Black Abbey and Burger Republic

The Black Abbey is having four events next week with Burger Republic. Four beers will be paired with four sliders and each diner gets a beer milkshake for dessert. At $25, this event will be hard to beat. The event will take place at all three Burger Republic locations (The Gulch, Lenox Village, and Mt. Juliet), as well as the Black Abbey Fellowship Hall. Tickets are available at each location and are going fast, so don’t miss out.


New Farmhouse Ales from Blackberry Farm Brewery

Our friends at Blackberry Farm Brewery have released two new limited bottles to the Nashville market. King of Falling Fruit is a farmhouse ale aged in red wine barrels with Tennessee plums and peaches:

The artwork that makes up this label “King of the Falling Fruit,” serves as a reminder to open your eyes and catch opportunities.  Out of the blue at the end of the summer, we had fruit falling at our feet.  A local farmer had an overabundance of fresh peaches and plums.   Not knowing what we planned to do with the fruit, we took the opportunity.   Much like when Andrew Saftel offered to make a piece of art for a beer label   We didn’t know what it was going to be, but we knew it was an opportunity not to miss.



The second beer, 1976, is an Imperial Saison celebrating the 40 year anniversary of Blackberry Farm:

2016 marks Blackberry Farm’s 40 year anniversary. It’s a milestone that balances old and new, established and exciting, familiar and fresh—just as our farm has since the beginning. This jubilant Imperial Saison—with notes of bright citrus, spicy hops and a bone dry finish may be served immediately or cellared for later enjoyment.


And while you are looking for King of Falling Fruit and 1976, keep an eye out for Alban Farmhouse Red:

In collaboration with Alban Vineyards, this beer was aged in red wine barrels, then blended with fresh beer at bottling for tart acidity and oakiness, balanced by dark fruit and maltiness.


Bottles of this Alban Farmhouse Red have been showing up and it may be the best BFB beer to date. These beers were all allocated, so they are in limited quantities and only in select beer stores.

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Bourbon County Tapping at Flying Saucer – Thursday 2/16

Regardless of how you feel about AB Inbev’s buy out of Goose Island in 2011, it’s hard to deny that Bourbon County Brand Stout is still delicious. Flying Saucer Draught Emporium (111 10th Ave S #310, Nashville, TN 37203) will be tapping a keg of BCBS at 7:30 on Thursday night. Not many kegs of the “original barrel aged stout” make their way to Tennessee, so I’m sure there will be a big turn out. If you want a pour, you might need to show up early.


M.L. Rose El Gordo Tapping – Tonight

M.L. Rose Craft Beer and Burgers (2535 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN 37204) will be tapping a keg of the highly acclaimed El Gordo from Good People Brewing tonight at 6PM. El Gordo, a 13.9% Russian Imperial Stout, was selected by Paste Magazine as the best non-barrel aged stout in existence in 2015. To my knowledge, this beer has only been on draft a couple times in Nashville and this is the first time for the 2017 release. Other Good People specialities will be tapped through the evening. Don’t miss this chance to treat yourself to some of this decadent, rare beer.


Winter Epilogue at Corsair Brewstillery – Thursday 2/23

The badasses over at Corsair Beer Lab are once again joining forces with The Black Abbeychgbl for a barrel aged beer event. Winter Epilogue will take place at Corsair’s Taproom (1200 Clinton St, Nashville, Tennessee 37203) in Marathon Village on Thursday, February 23rd from 3-8PM. The Taproom will be pouring both Corsair Beer Lab and Black Abbey beers aged in barrels that once held various Corsair spirits. The winning beer from Corsair’s Pro-Am competition, a barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout, will be on draft. The Corsair tasting room will also be featuring some beer cocktails that evening, as well. It’s like 8 More Beers of Winter (sans cocktails) all over again. That’s a great thing. Black Abbey’s barrel aged beer event offered some fantastic beers.

“Remember “8 More Beers of Winter”. Corsair and Black Abbey are at it again.. This time at Corsair’s Marathon Village location.
Please join us for Corsair-barrel-aged beers from Black Abbey and Corsair Brewstillery! Try some of our Beer cocktails for a little twist! And try all the special beers as we say goodbye to Winter!”

– Emily Kendall, Corsair

Corsair’s Beer Lab program is run by former Bosco’s Hillsboro Village Brewmaster Karen Lassiter. From her days of homebrewing, to her current gig with Corsair, Karen’s beers have always been some of the finest in Nashville. If you haven’t had a chance to get down there, it’s a must visit. The Beer Lab’s beers are always interesting and often feature Corsair barrel aging or Corsair’s Bell’s Bend produced smoked malts. Frankly, I love the people over at Corsair and I look forward to sharing more of their story with you in the future on Tennessee Maltz.


Nuit Belge Beer Pairings Announced

Rhizome Productions released a partial list of beer to restaurant pairings, this morning. Some amazing liquid will be flowing on March 18 at Marathon Music Works (1402 Clinton St, Nashville, TN 37203). Tickets are still available at http://www.nuitbelge.com. If you are looking to attend, I’d jump on some tickets as this event is sure to sell out. Here’s the link to my earlier post on Nuit Belge:


“Here’s some of the beer pairings. Stay tuned for food menu’s.

Baja Sexto – Blackstone Dubbel, Bosteels Deus Brut des Flandres
Barcelona – OEC Villa Domus, KWAK
Butcher & Bee – Dupont Cidre Triple, Goose Island Halia
Chauhan – Mantra Cherry Love, Orval Trapist
Farm House -De Dolle Dulle Teve, B.O.M Brewery Wild & Funky
Funk Seoul Brother -Coming Soon, Surprise!
HUSK -Yazoo ETF Foeder Beer, Blackberry Farm Fenceline
K&K -Cantillon Kriek, De La Senne Bruxellenis
Little Octopus -Hanessens Unblended Lambic, Alvinne Cuvee d’Erpigny
Mangia -Blackberry Farm Classic Saison, Verzet Oud Bruin
Marsh House – De Prof Lozen Boer, Préaris Quadrupel
Nicky’s Cole Fired -Drie Fontenin Oude Geuze, Kerkom Bink Blonde
Two Ten Jack -Blaugies Saison D’Epeautre, Jolly Pumpkin Bière De Mars
Virago -Wild West Kriek, Omer Blonde”

– Rhizome Productions


Slow Food Middle Tennessee Launch Party at Jackalope – Sunday, 2/11

The new Middle Tennessee chapter of Slow Food USA is having a kickoff party hosted by Jackalope Brewing at their taproom (701 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203) on Sunday from 6-8PM. It’s great to see the Slow Food movement officially reestablishing itself here in Nashville.

“Slow Food Middle Tennessee strives to facilitate accessible educational programs; provide awareness of and equal access to good, clean and fair foods; and advocate for a healthy, delicious, sustainable and diverse food system for the community of Middle Tennessee.”

Members of the Slow Food Middle Tennessee board, Tony Galzin and Vivek Surti, will be sfmtthere, so you know it’s going to be a party. Tony and some other great local chefs, including Ryan Poli of The Catbird Seat, Maneet Chauhan of Chauhan Ale and Masala House, and Bryan Weaver of Butcher and Bee, will be providing snacks. The event is free to attend, but SFMTN asks that you RSVP on Eventbrite here:


Jackalope will be donating 10% of sales to SFMTN during the event. This is such an easy way to support a great cause!

“The brand-new Middle Tennessee chapter of Slow Food USA is kicking off with our closest friends! Slow Food Middle Tennessee (SFMTN) invites you to join us for a chapter kickoff party at Jackalope Brewing Company on Sunday, February 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. Get to know your chapter’s governing board, and learn more about how we plan to strengthen the Middle Tennessee community through our local foods.

Thanks to Jackalope for providing the venue along with delicious craft beer for purchase!”