Shift Beers with Nicky’s Coal Fired’s Tony Galzin

For the second post in our Shift Beer series, I


Photo credit: Danielle B. Atkins

reached out to my friend Tony Galzin of Nicky’s Coal Fired in Nashville’s The Nations neighborhood. I first met Tony and his wonderful wife, Caroline, when he was working as the pastry chef at Flyte, about 5 years ago.  I was immediately drawn to the Galzins’ love for and knowledge of beer. This was rare to see in Nashville’s dining scene, at that point. That passion combined with Tony’s love of fishing pretty much sealed the deal on our relationship.  It has been truly inspiring to watch the Galzins grow from their Sycamore and Deli House pop-ups, to the highly successful 51st Kitchen, and now on to Nicky’s Coal Fired. Since opening in December of 2016, Nicky’s has been one of the hottest restaurants in all of #ITcity. I asked Tony to participate a few weeks ago and I posed the same Shift Beer questions to Tony that I did to Karl Worley:


  1. What is your most memorable beer experience?
  2. What is your desert island beer?

As I said before, I want this to be as easy and painless as possible. These chefs work crazy hours and I deeply appreciate their willingness to give me just a few minutes of their time. Here is what Tony had to say:

“My most memorable beer experience is the first Belgian beer I drank in Belgium.

After college, my friend Dim and I went backpacking through Europe. We spent like 2 weeks in Belgium at one of his friend’s house, because he had met a bunch of people during his summer internship in Brussels. This dude worked at a bar in Waterloo, and we went there the first night. It was a Kasteel Brune served in the Kasteel castle mug. I probably still have the label somewhere.

My desert island beer is not as fancy.

Modelo Especial with a lime and salt. I love Mexican beers!  Especially if the desert island has a beach.”

– Tony Galzin




M.L.Rose The Great Horned Owl Release and Brew at the Zoo Giveaway

For the second year, our friends at M.L.Rose have collaborated with Jackalope Brewing Company to create a special beer to celebrate their sponsorship of Brew at the Zoo. The Great Horned Owl, a 6.0% ABV dunkelweiss dark wheat ale, will be tapped during release parties at M.L.Rose’s Melrose (2535 8th Ave S #107, Nashville, TN 37204) and Sylvan Park (4408 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209) locations on Thursday, June 1st from 3-6 PM.  M.L.Rose will be giving away Jackalope swaGreat Horned Owl Tapping Party 2017_Social Media[6372]g, as well as a pair of tickets to Friday’s 6th Annual Brew at The Zoo presented by M.L.Rose.  This event is a great way to see the ever expanding Nashville Zoo and enjoy some outstanding beers on what is shaping up to be a fantastic evening.

Tennessee Maltz has also received a copy of M.L.Rose’s new Summer Beer Menu.  M.L.Rose has always had one of the most well cultivated lists in Nashville and this edition certainly lives up to that reputation. There are some great offerings for the hopheads, including the highly sought after Homestyle from Germantown’s Bearded Iris Brewing. For the DFH fans, there’s 60 Minute IPA in the bottle, 90 Minute IPA on draft, and a keg of 120 Minute IPA that will be tapped at a later date. Beyond these great hop forward beers, M.L.Rose truly has something for every beer drinker. Take a look at the new beer menu here.

In addition BATZto the 2 pairs of tickets being given away a tomorrow’s The Great Horned Owl release parties, Tennessee Maltz is also giving away a pair of tickets to Friday’s Brew at the Zoo presented by M.L.Rose.  With animals, live music, and some of Nashville’s finest food trucks, this is always one of the year’s best events. It’s organized by our good friend Matt Leff of Rhizome Productions, so you know it will run smoothly and feature the best beers and breweries. As I mentioned earlier, the Nashville Zoo is always in a state of improvement and many new exhibits have been added recently. There’s really nothing like roaming around the zoo with your friends and some great beers. There are a few ways to enter the giveaway. You can simply comment below or head over to our Instagram for additional chances to win. We will give away the tickets at noon CST on Friday, June 2nd and email them to the winner soon thereafter. Thank you to M.L.Rose for graciously offering the tickets. If you don’t have good luck, tickets are still available for purchase here. Whatever you do, just don’t miss this unique craft beer event. Cheers!



East Nashville Crawfish Bash – TODAY

If you are still looking for something to do on this Memorial Day Saturday, head over to East Park for the 3rd Annual East Nashville Crawfish Bash. Crawfish season is quickly coming to an end, so this may be your last chance for mudbugs in 2017. The crawfish are being provided by Sehrt Seafood, but other food truck options will be available. Also, Pickers Vodka and Yazoo Brew are bringing their delicious liquids, so you know there will be plenty to go around.

Admission to the event is free, but there are some VIP packages available that include guaranteed crawfish and discounted beer throughout the day. For the kids, the Bash will include a bounce house, face painting, and a bubble area. The party starts at 11AM and will go into the evening. Palaver Records has some great live music lined up, with Alana Royale headlining at 5PM. Here’s the rest of the lineup:

12pm – The Medium
1pm – Waterfall Wash
2pm – Sad Baxter
3pm – Harpooner
4pm – Tristen
5pm – Alanna Royale
6pm – Charlie Whitten
7pm – Little Bandit

So, forget the pool or lake on this overcast day and come meet me at East Park. We’re headed over early. It should be a great day and a wonderful way to kick off Memorial Day weekend. Cheers!


Duck Roast and Preds Watch Party with Vivek Surti at Little Harpeth

If you can’t get into Bridgestone Arena tonight, Little Harpeth Brewing’s East Bank taproom is definitely the place to be. The incomparable Vivek Surti of VEA Supper Club will be roasting ducks for duck tacos with salsa roja, pickled onions, and cilantro., while game 6 of the Western Conference Final is shown on a 12′ screen with sound. Also, LHB beers will be 2-4-1 all night. What more could you ask for? Well, other than the hardest ticket in Nashville history (for now). See you there around 6PM. The puck drops at 7.

Duck baste

(source: Warner Brothers)


GIVEAWAY – 6th Annual Beer and Cheese for Tennessee Respite Coalition

Beer and Cheese supporting The Tennessee Respite Coalition and family caregivers returns on Tuesday May 16th in a new location. The 5th Annual Beer and Cheese event will take place at TailGate Brewery (7300 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209) from 5:00 to 8 PM. The Tennessee Respite Coalition “provides relief to families and caregivers from the extraordinary and intensive demands of providing ongoing care.” At some point in  life, many of us will find ourselves as the caregiver for a loved one. Tennessee Respite is there to support those who have taken on this demanding and selfless role of caregiver. There is more information about Tennessee Respite’s mission and history below.

The good people at The Bloomy Rind and Tailgate will be pairing TailGate beers with cheeses from Nashville’s premier cheese purveyor. Tickets are $3o in advance and will be $35 at the door. There will be a silent auction this year with some of the items made by local celebrities. Live music will be provided by Nashville Universe. You can get more information and purchase tickets here.

Now to the giveaway, Tennessee Respite Coalition has graciously given Tennessee Maltz two tickets to give away to the event. To win the tickets, you just need to follow us both on Instagram (@TennesseeMaltz and @tnrespite), like this post, and tag three friends. For an additional entry or if you don’t have an IG account, you can also comment below. That’s all it takes! The contest ends on Monday, April 23rd at noon CST and I will select a winner soon thereafter. Good luck and don’t miss this great event supporting Tennessee Respite Coalition!




The Tennessee Respite Coalition’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for family caregivers through respite.


In 1996, a small group of individuals interested in respite met to discuss the status of respite in Tennessee. They called themselves the Tennessee Respite Coalition and set goals of raising respite awareness and increasing respite services in Tennessee. This group received funding to further their efforts, which included developing a universal access point for respite and organizing Respite Awareness Days at the state Capitol. By 2000, the work had expanded to create a need for a full-time coordinator. At this time, the organization operated from the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. As the organization evolved, the TRC transformed into an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit, which allowed it to receive grants and donations to support respite services. In 2006, Congress passed the Lifespan Respite Act. Three years later, Tennessee was one of the first seven states to receive a three-year Lifespan Respite grant. Through its work, the TRC has gained national presence and developed connections with respite leaders across the country. Today, the original goals set by that small group of volunteers in 1996 still remain at the heart of the TRC’s mission to enhance the quality of life for caregivers throughout Tennessee.


Shift Beers with Biscuit Love’s Karl Worley

Today’s post marks the beginning of the first series here on Tennessee Maltz.  As I tried to brainstorm ideas and determine the direction in which this blog would go, my dear friend Matty Hargrove threw out an idea. Matty suggested that I ask my chef friends a couple questions about their personal experiences with beer. As with most thoughts from Mr. Hargrove, I immediately loved the idea. Nothing complicated or over thought here. Just straight answers in their own words. I know how busy chefs are and how crazy their hours can be, so I didn’t want to take up to much of their time or be a burden. Matty and I eventually agreed upon two questions:

  1. What is your most memorable beer experience?
  2. What is your desert island beer?

For the first Shift Beer entry, Biscuit Love’s Karl Worley was the only Karl Truckchoice. Karl and I met just over 5 years ago, a few months before Karl and his wife, Sarah, rolled out the Biscuit Love Truck. The moment I met Karl in person, he handed me my first 6 pack of Hopslam and the rest was history. Karl quickly became one of my closest friends and and we consider the Worleys family.  He even named a (short-lived) biscuit, The T. Oliver, after my son when he was born in 2012. When the Worley’s opened Biscuit Love Brunch in the Gulch, Karl asked me to select the beers and it has been nothing but an honor to head the Biscuit Love Beer Board as the Worley’s restaurant family grows. With the Worley’s 2nd brick and mortar restaurant opening in Hillsboro Village in May, Karl is busier than ever, but was able to take a little time for Tennessee Maltz to answer our Shift Beer questions. Here’s what Karl had to say:

“My most memorable beer experience is when I would finish with shifts late night on the truck and would come and have a beer with you while you brewed. Not only was it some great beer but more importantly it was the act of drinking something really special while sharing life. I know it sounds like a Sunday school answer…but it is my best beer memory.

Desert Island Beer – Blackberry Farm Classic Saison – It is my jam. I think it is the perfect beer, and I believe people would find me to drink it with me on that desert island…it’s that good!”

BLB Board

(Photo: Nathan Wilburn)

15 Beers for 15 Years of Terrapin at Brewhouse South – TONIGHT

Athens, Georgia’s Terrapin Beer Company is celebrating their 15th Anniversary tonight at Brewhouse South (1855 Galleria Blvd, Franklin, Tennessee, TN 37067) from 5-8 PM. Brewhouse will be tapping 15 different Terrapin beers to celebrate the occasion. Amazingly, all of these beers will be $4 a piece! Here’s what will be flowing:

  1. Cumulus Lupulus
  2. T-Time Berliner WeisseTerrapin Handles
  3. Single Origin Coffee – Ecuador
  4. Hi-5
  5. Rye Pale Ale
  6. Mosaic
  7. Hopsecutioner
  8. Liquid Bliss
  9. Sound Czech
  10. Walking Dead
  11. W-N-B
  12. Luau Krunkles
  13. Lucille
  14. Moo-Hoo
  15. Cherry W-N-B

With this list at $4 a pour, it’s definitely worth a trip to Cool Springs to celebrate one of the OGs of Southern craft beer. Let us know, if you make it out!

Sage’s On the Water Tour Hits Fly South Today

Jim Mauries and the fellas at Fly South are hosting the 2017 Sage On the Water Tour this weekend. 2017’s On the Water Tour features locations throughout the Southeast and kicks off here in Nashville. Today’s event takes place at Fly South’s Midtown fly shop (115 19th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee) and will included rod demos, free beer, and a X Rod giveaway at 5:30. Tomorrow, the action shifts to the banks of the Caney for a true “on the water” experiences. Here’s the rest of the On the Water Tour schedule:

Tour schedule:

  • Nashville, TN – April 15th
  • Atlanta, GA – April 22nd
  • Asheville, NC – April 29th
  • Harrisonburg, VA – June 10th
  • Charleston, SC – TBD July
  • Florida Keys, FL – TBD July
  • Sanibel Island, FL – TBD July

Appalachia Happy Hours:

  •   Fly South – Nashville, TN – April 14th
  •   The Fish Hawk – Atlanta, GA – April 18th
  •   Deep South Outfitters – Birmingham, AL – April 19th
  •   Alpharetta Outfitters – Alpharetta, GA – April 20th
  •   Blue Ridge Fly Fishing – Chattanooga, TN – April 21st
  •   Tuckaseegee Fly Shop – Sylva, NC – April 25th
  •   Brooking Anglers – Cashiers, NC – April 26th
  •   Hunter Banks Fly Shop – Asheville, NC – April 27th
  •   Davidson River Outfitters – Brevard, NC – April 28th
  •   Mossy Creek Fly Shop – Harrisonburg, VA – June 8th
  •   Remainder of Happy Hour dates in the Southeast TBD

(Source: MidCurrent)

This event sounds like a blast and a can’t miss for any respectable Middle Tennessee fly-fisherman. Be there!

“The first stop of the Sage 2017 On The Water Tour is here at Fly South in downtown Nashville. Make sure to mark your calendar as we are going to host a great evening and giveaway an X rod to a lucky winner. We provide, beer, finger food, demo rods, casting games, and give a presentation on the special sauce we put into every Sage rod we handcraft on Bainbridge Island. Factory personnel is on hand to talk about your perfect setup and answer any questions you might have.


Date // Friday April 14th
Time // 12-6pm
Directions // Fly South Fly Shop

Demo Rods // 12-6pm
Food and Beer // 3:30pm-close
Sage Presentation // 5-5:30
X Rod Giveaway // 5:50 must be present to win

See you at the shop for a Friday night pre-party and then make sure to join us on the Caney Fork on Saturday the 19th for the full On the Water Experience.”

– Fly South

Sage OTW

Eggstravaganza 2017 at Noble Springs Dairy

Noble Springs Dairy is once again opening their gates for a Spring celebration on Saturday, April 15th. This year, Justyne and Dustin Noble are combining the party with an Easter Egg Hunt.  I took my family down to Franklin 5 years ago for the open house and we had a fantastic afternoon. My wife was pregnant with our 2nd child and my daughter was just 2 years old. We had a wonderful time exploring the property, picnicking, and petting and milking goats. Needless to say, my children are so excited about returning to tNoblehe farm on Saturday.

Shane Autrey’s Smoke et al will be back on site serving the finest food truck fare you’ll find anywhere. Shane and the Nobles have a long history of working together. I don’t think I have ever seen a Smoke et al menu without a Noble Springs goat cheese product on it (and I was there on his opening night). Check out Shane’s mouthwatering menu for Saturday here.

In addition to the goats and delicious food, Noble Springs will be offering free samples of their goat cheese products and local beers from both Yazoo and Little Harpeth. Noble Springs Dairy products will, of course, be available for purchase. The good people at Lipman Brothers have graciously donated the beer to help support The Land Trust For Tennessee.

The Nobles are requesting that you RSVP, if you are bringing egg hunters. They would like to have a head count of children, so they are sure to have enough eggs for the 1:00 PM Easter egg hunt. Please email dustin@noble-springs or text 615-481-9546 to RSVP. The event runs from 11-2 and the farm is located at 3144 Blazer Road in Franklin, just 15 minutes from the square. A $10 per car donation is requested and all donations will go to support The Land Trust For Tennessee. I hope to see you out on the farm on Saturday!