This weekend I was pleasantly surprised by a visit from Haley’s parents and one of her sisters. Despite the cancellation of my surprise birthday party that I was supposed to have on Saturday, they came down anyway to spend time with us. After hours of running all over Nashville on Saturday, we worked up quite an appetite and decided to eat around the Vanderbilt area. Unfortunately I couldn’t make a decision and Haley chose a restaurant for us just as we drove by… a small brewpub called Blackstone Brewery & Pub.
Blackstone Brewery & Pub is a fairly large brewpub with tons of seating and ample parking available. Along the walls of this charming brewpub are two tiers of beer bottles that decorate the premises. Like all brewpubs I’ve been to in the past, large brewery tanks are showcased in a small room behind large windows at the entrance. In addition, several plaques are neatly arranged on a wall adjacent to the tanks that display the numerous awards of Blackstone’s crafted beers.
I do believe that 5-6 of Blackstone’s draughts are available on tap at all times. There could be more, but I’m not completely sure due to my lack of attention on their beer menu. Aside from their beer and a selection of various liquors at the bar, they offer a small menu featuring soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches as well as a few house specialties and brick oven pizza.
If you’re wondering about the quality of their beers, I’m not a connoisseur by any means. If I have any questions about beer, I usually ask my friend Tim because my experiences with types of beer are limited to the number of fingers on both of my hands. Since I was designated chauffeur that day and have the alcohol tolerance of a newborn, I only got to have a couple sips of one of their draughts, the Chaser Pale. Haley wanted a beer similar to Bud Light and the Chaser Pale was the closest thing they had to a light beer.
The Chaser Pale is described as “A German style ale called Kolsch. A light bodied beer which has been brewed in Germany for hundreds of years. Our version includes German style hops grown in Washington State.” Golden in color, minor fizz with little to no head, this beer was slightly bitter on my tongue. Other crafted beers include St. Charles Porter, Nut Brown Ale, and the Irish Stout.
The food menu at Blackstone is small, yet specialized. Like most restaurants variety of appetizers, salads, soups, burgers, and sandwiches are available. In addition to that are varieties of wood-fired brick oven pizzas and specialty dishes such as English fish & chips, shepherd’s pie, and a beer brat sandwich. As much as I love shepherd’s pie, I was extremely hungry and was told by our waiter that compared to the St. Paddy’s Reuben, the Reuben is more food.
The St. Paddy’s Reuben ($7.50) consists of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing on rye bread with a generous portion of golden, crispy, thick cut fries. The rye bread was heavily marbled and well toasted. The Swiss cheese melted to gooey consistency and the corned beef was delicious with the perfect amount of saltiness. A nice blend of acidic sourness from the sauerkraut and sweetness from the Thousand Island complimented this delicious sandwich. My only “beef” with the Reuben is that the amount of corned beef and sauerkraut on the sandwich came in a thin layer. I’m used to the Reuben sandwiches of New York where the corned beef and sauerkraut are piled on to almost 10 times the thickness of the bread itself.
Along with my sandwich, I was fortunate enough to have a slice of Haley’s sister’s wood-fired brick oven BBQ chicken pizza ($8.00). This thin crust pizza was covered with slices of chicken breast topped with fresh tomatoes, red onions, cilantro, and a layer of sweet barbecue sauce. This pizza was equally as delicious as my Reuben.
Based on what I experienced at Blackstone Brewery and Pub, I really like the food. All the entrees are reasonably priced ($7 – 10 on average per entree) and everyone in the party seemed to be happy with their meal. The next time I return, I’ll definitely give one of their signature dishes a try. As for the beers, I’m sorry if you were looking for some in-depth reviews. I’ve been told that they are really fantastic (more so than the food) but I just don’t have that kind of expertise under my belt. The next time I return, I’ll bring along one of my friends who is an expert at all things beer-related. Overall I recommend Blackstone Brewery & Pub.
|Blackstone Brewery & Pub
1918 West End Ave
Nashville, TN 37203