Jackalope Brewing Company, beer, distillery

By Sheri Oneal

Spring is here and it is time to showcase another “Made in America” business, Jackalope Brewing Company! I was first introduced to Jackalope Brewery in 2011 when attending a business mixer. Being a bit of a beer snob I was immediately impressed especially with the Bearwalker on tap. Bailey Spaulding and Robyn Virball became friends in the tiny Scottish village of St. Andrews, where Bailey was doing a semester abroad and Robyn was completing her undergraduate degree in September 2002. Years later while Robyn was in Boston working in sales and business development and Bailey was finishing up her Law degree at Vanderbilt Law school and they decided to join forces in Nashville after a discussion by Bailey about her dream of having a brewery. Bailey became interested in the craft beer scene when she received a “beer of the day” subscription from a friend on her twentieth birthday, after several years of research she started brewing her own.

The name Jackalope originated from Bailey’s infatuation with these fictitious creatures that she believed when she was in college were real. A family friend had a pair of stuffed Jackalope heads and told her stories about how these creatures lived in Wyoming. Over time she came to realize these were not real creatures but when she received a t-shirt that said “Believe in Yourself” that had a Jackalope on it she adopted the motto and Jackalope Brewery came into fruition. Steve Wright became a part of the team after first being a fan of Jackalope beer, becoming an intern and now a full partner. Will Hadley is the newest brewer of the team and feels lucky to be working at something he loves.

Below are some images of my visit to the Jackalope Brewery, this is by far my favorite brewery in Nashville!

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Robyn Virball, Owner, with a Jackalope sampler of Thunder Ann, Lovebird, Rompo and Bearwalker (above)

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Bailey Spaulding, Owner and Brewer (above)

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Steve Wright, Owner & Brewer (above)

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Will Hadley, Brewer (above)

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Step one of the beer making process, Will is milling the grain that will be used in the beer (photo left above)

Testing the PH levels (photo right above)

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Jackalope Brewing Company

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Will checks how many barrels have moved from the mash ton to the boil kettle (above)

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Will adds hops to the boil, they typically add three hops additions during a 90 minute boil (above)

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Steve checks the alcohol content (above)

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Will is removing the grain which is a step done once the mash is complete, Jackalope then then gives the spent grain to a local pig farmer or Hands on Nashville, who use it in a community garden (above)

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Steve checking the CO2 levels (above)

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Will Hadley, Robyn Virball, Bailey Spaulding and Steve Wright (above)

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The Jackalope Brewing Tasting Room (above)

The Jackalope Brewing Company is located at 701 Eighth Avenue South Nashville, Tennessee  37203.

Hours of operation:
Thursday: 4PM – 10PM
Friday: 4PM – 10PM
Saturday: 2PM – 8PM
Sunday: 12PM – 4PM

They can be contacted by phone at (615) 873-4313 or via email [email protected] you can find out more on the Jackalope Brewing Company website. And here is a little video I dug up on their coffee flavor beer the worked on with the folks over at Bongo Java Roasting Company.

Just for fun we did a little behind the scenes footage, if you would like to take a look click here!!!

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