Name of beer
Yazoo Brewing co
What the brewer says
"Born and raised in Nashville, AmericanaFest is a medium-bodied authentic mixture of handcrafted and heartfelt notes."
Whenever I’m travelling, it’s always nice to sample a local beer, but I can’t say I held out much hope of something particularly inspiring in the US. It’s nice to know I can be proved wrong in these things, and I was a number of times during my visit to Tennessee and Indiana.
During a tour of the Yazoo brewery on Division, Nashville, I found they have a whole range of great ales. With a fondness for a smoky red, I picked up AmericanaFest Ale – in a bottle that holds a US pint plus 9.4fl oz, equivalent to one and a third imperial pints – and brought it home.
AmericanaFest is a one-off, brewed to tie in with the Americana Music Association, so that, along with the strange Tennessee export laws, meant I had to make it count. At least until I’m able to return to Nashville.
So, as the brewer’s blurb from the bottle (see above) doesn’t tell us too much, here are my observations and thoughts.
AmericanaFest has a strong, pleasant amber colouring, and has a whiff of citrus to it, with hints of sweet marmalade and honey notes.
The citrus comes through in the taste, along with a real smokiness that is less sweet than the aroma. It has an IPA style, but not too hop heavy.
You certainly won’t be necking this and at 6% and in a bottle of more than 750mls, it’s not a session ale by a long chalk; more a steady-away night in.
My personal opinion is that it’s a good night in, at that. You can’t knock the quality of this, nor of the other Yazoo beers I tasted, including a Beer Named Sue, and I’m adding ale to country music in the things to love about Nashville.
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