Blue Canoe Brewing Co
This nano brewery located in the River Market district is run by three friendly beer lovers – Patrick and Ida Cowan and Laura BerryHall. The space is small, but decked from ceiling to floor with rustic touches, including three TVs and a foosball table – making it feel cozy like a friend’s game room.
Blue Canoe does not plan on distributing, and wants to keep their operation small. They want to get to know you by name and it’s hard not to when you sidle up along the bar to order a drink. If you stay long enough you’ll definitely make a friend or two.
The Razorback Rye IPA is incredibly smooth for a drink of its stature, and at 7.5 percent ABV it comes with a full-rye punch.
The American Wheat is a little heavier than most wheats in that it packs a fuller flavor. At 6 percent ABV the drink is a blend of red and white wheat, making it a flexible, easy-to-drink beer.
Don’t forgo the Whittler, a Milk Stout. With 6.5 percent alcohol, the brew is sweet and great for someone who might not be a big beer drinker. It doesn’t finish with the bitterness most sweeter stouts have, and is a treat for afternoon-sipping.
Also, be sure to check out the Pinnacle Blossom Wit, if it’s on tap, as it’s brewed with fresh-picked honeysuckle blossoms from local Pinnacle Mountain. Plus, Blue Canoe is probably the only brewery that is dog friendly. Located on 425 East 3rd Street, the brewery is open Thursdays from 5 to 9 pm, Fridays from 5 to 10 pm, Saturdays from noon to 10 pm, and Sundays from noon to 8 p.m