Over the past several years, Clarksville has experienced tremendous growth from continued development of the Fort Campbell Army community and Austin Peay State University, as well as the establishment of major advanced manufacturing operations such as LG, Google and Hankook.
Thanks to this economic progress, Clarksville is in the middle of a cultural renaissance evident in its art and epicurean communities. In two years, Clarksville has matured from a one-brewery town to a true libation destination with a new craft distillery, three new breweries and two more opening in 2019.
Blackhorse Pub and Brewery
Established in 1992 in historic downtown Clarksville, Blackhorse is the city’s oldest existing brewery. Situated in a cozy 19th century building with exposed brick and dim lighting, the atmosphere is likened to an old English pub. With a restaurant on the first floor serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, the second story taproom offers live music, pool tables, darts and event rental space.
Veteran-owned and operated, Blackhorse is a mainstay in the Clarksville community. Head Brewmaster Steven McEndree has two decades to perfect his technique, and with experience comes a great variety of beer. Blackhorse began with mostly Old World beers but now includes botanical beers, meade, aged ciders, cast-conditioned brews like cherry stouts and the high gravity, barrel-aged Scottish ale.
Old Glory Distilling Co.
Old Glory Distilling Co. is the city’s only distillery and just celebrated its two-year. The small batch artisan operation works with grains from local farmers to produce its Tennessee whiskey and bourbon, and also distills vodka, moonshine and white rum. Tours are offered hourly, and guests can peruse the gift shop and cocktail bar.
Star Spangled Brewing Co.
Exuding a unique industrial feel with patriotic décor and attitude, veteran-owned and operated Star Spangled Brewing Co. is off the beaten path. It’s fair to label this brewery as the most family-friendly atmosphere, with a game room dedicated to children, plenty of outdoor space for kids to run free while their parents enjoy a pint and permission to bring the pooch. Live music and food trucks are frequently scheduled, and house-brewed root beer is available for kids and nonbeer drinkers.
Its arsenal ranges from a light and refreshing Queen Beer wheat brew made with organic honey to its flagship Winchester, a Kentucky bourbon ale aged with oak barrels.
Strawberry Alley Ale Works
Strawberry Alley Ale Works opened downtown in 2018 in an airy space where contemporary décor complements the stunning urban setting. The restaurant serves lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, complete with a complimentary bonus buffet and $1 mimosas. All of Strawberry Alley’s cuisine is made from scratch with the intention of pairing its wide range of flavor profiles throughout its 10 taps. The brewery is more traditional in its year-round selections and branches out with its seasonals such as “Your Schwarz is as Spiced as Mine,” a smooth schwarzbier brewed with butternut squash, pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
Tennessee Valley Brewing Co.
Located in an unassuming shopping center off Wilma Rudolph Boulevard, Tennessee Valley Brewing Co. is a welcoming watering hole that prides itself on its sense of community. The intimate space features reclaimed wooden furniture and pays homage to service members. Patrons can expect to have a conversation with owner Eric Brannstrom, an Army veteran with 25 years of brewing experience. Tennessee Valley distinguishes itself with inventive events throughout the year, from a monthly comedy show to a Girl Scout cookie and beer pairing. Beer offerings include traditional styles such as Brannstrom’s IPA, stout, nut brown and American light lager. His small batch infusions include the Music City Mango Sour, a Berliner Weisse and a bacon bourbon porter.