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Football season is here and you know what that means, don’t you? If we weren’t so freakin’ beer happy all year round, we would call it beer season, because there really is no better way to cheer your team than with a pint or mug of your favorite local craft brew. All season we will be taking a look at the beer scenes in cities representing all 32 NFL teams — from local brewers to beer-centric bars to the finest beer shops. And if you’re not into sports but enjoy a quality imperial oatmeal stout (it’s OK, we’re not judging), then read on anyway to see how cities across the country are taking their suds more seriously than ever. Up next, the Tennessee Titans. Before you check out Nashville’s strong beer scene, be sure to read up on our city food and beverage guide.

WHAT TO DRINK
Yazoo Brewing Sue: This big, smoky porter is rich and malty, with chocolate and coffee notes. From one of Tennessee’s most acclaimed microbreweries, a small operation based in Nashville’s Gulch neighborhood. yazoobrew.com

Jackalope Brewing Thunder Ann: One of the few microbreweries that’s owned and run by women, this relative newcomer to the scene makes a well-received unfiltered American Pale Ale. Hoppy, yet balanced. jackalopebrew.com

Calfkiller Brewing Sergio’s Ole Evil-Ass Devil Bullshit Ale: This Sparta-based super-small-batch brewer run by two brothers has a loyal following. Its beers are always changing; we chose to highlight this Belgian-style white (largely for the name), but aim to get your hands on whatever you can from these guys. calfkillerbeer.com

WHERE TO DRINK IT
Flying Saucer: The small chain with locations throughout the South is always reliable for a good beer selection. The Nashville branch has 200-plus beers from all over the world, nearly half of which are on tap, with a decent local contingent. 111 10th Avenue South, 615-259-3039, beerknurd.com

12 South Taproom and Grill: It proclaims itself a beer bar above all, but isn’t above serving Miller High Life, which can be found in the “Just Beer” section of the menu next to Bud Light and PBR. The draw for beer lovers are the 30 taps and great craft brews. 2318 12th Avenue South, 615-463-7552, 12southtaproom.com

M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers: Formerly known as The Melrose (for the neighborhood by the same name), this beer-and-burger joint has close to 100 beers, with a strong local focus especially in the draft department, and plans to expand. 2535 Franklin Pike, 615-712-8160,ml-rose.com

WHERE TO BUY IT
Frugal MacDoogal:
While the store’s claim to fame is that it sells more Jack Daniel’s than any other store in the South, its adjacent beer department is just as impressive. Making up half of the gigantic 18,000 square foot space, it features several diverse high gravity brews and make-your-own six-pack options. 701 Division Street, 615-242-3863, frugalmacdoogal.com

Midtown Wine & Spirits’ Beer & Cigar: Priding itself on a wide selection of local beer, including microbrews from Yazoo, Jackalope and Calfkiller, it also offers growlers and growler fills. 1610 Church Street, 615-329-9214, midtownwine.net

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