The Best Breweries In & Around Memphis

Sarah Lantz

Memphis, Tennessee, the historic home of the Tennessee Brewery, is still a vibrant place to find micro-brewed cold ones. You’ll find all sorts of breweries making a variety of beers, both seasonal and year-round, and we’ve listed our favorite places below.

Ghost River Brewing

Ghost River Brewing

Ghost River Brewing was born in 2008 with three goals: to create a local brewery using water from the Memphis Sands Aquifer; to guarantee every handcrafted, full-flavored Ghost River Ale is the freshest beer available; and to support the Wolf River Conservancy by donating a portion of the proceeds of every barrel of beer sold. Unfortunately, the brewery is too small to allow tours of the factory, but you can still taste their craft beer. Ghost River makes three beers year round: their Golden Ale, Copperhead Red, and Glacial Pale Ale.Ghost River Brewing, 827 S Main St Memphis, TN USA +1 901-278-0140

High Cotton Brewing Company

High Cotton Brewing Company brews a variety of beers, from ESB to Scottish Ale to Hefeweizen, that you can try in their taproom. They also offer factory tours every Saturday. They have nice seating on the sidewalk and indoors in their taproom, where it’s not too dimly lit and very friendly. They keep ten of their beers on tap, including their Pilsner, Belgian IPA, and Saison.High Cotton Brewing Company, 598 Monroe Ave Memphis, TN USA +1 901-543-4444

Memphis Made Brewing Company Taproom

Memphis Made Brewing Company

A small independent production brewery in the Cooper-Young neighborhood, Memphis Made Brewing Company brews seasonal beers as well as a single year-round beer. Their taproom is an open, high ceiling space, perfect to go for local beer and to hang out with friends. The taproom is open Fridays and Saturdays, and they offer a solid variety of IPAs as well as their Parkways Pale Ale, which gets its name from the parkway system that was meant to combat yellow fever and improve the public health of Memphis. The ale is made from Nugget and Delta hops, which combine to create a spicy, slightly sweet flavor. Memphis Made Brewing Company, 768 Cooper St Memphis, TN USA +1 901-207-5343

Beer on tap at Wiseacre Brewing Co.

Wiseacre Brewing Co.

Wiseacre Brewing Co. insists on putting their beer in cans rather than bottles most importantly for the taste. Cans are basically miniature kegs, they explain, where the beer is protected completely from light and oxygen. Recent developments of canning liners have eliminated the oxygenation of aluminum into the beer. Their current drafts are quite diverse, including Ananda: India Pale Ale, Tiny Bomb: American Pilsner, and Tarasque: Saison. Wiseacre gives tours every Saturday at noon, and their taproom is open Thursday through Saturday so you can try their selection of beers.Wiseacre Brewing Co., 2783 Broad Ave Memphis, TN USA +1 901-888-7000

Tennessee Brewery

The original brewery for Goldcrest 51, Tennessee Brewery is back! It’s unfortunately not a permanent brewery, but they’ve put it through revival festivals in the years 2014 and 2015, where people came to drink beer in the garden and in the old indoor bar and there was a food cart round-up. The building had been planned to be turned into apartment complexes or a shopping space eventually, but this has not occurred yet.Tennessee Brewery, 495 Tennessee St Memphis, TN USABy Sarah Lantz

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