Yesterday was a day of extremes, from the exceptionally good to the mediocre and from uber cool to super cheesy. I was able to pay a visit to Jack White’s Third Man rekkid store. It’s small but perfectly formed and kind of a mecca for indie music fans. Just around the corner stands Yazoo Brewery and Tap Room. I had had their Hop Project already in Memphis but hadn’t realised that the recipe is constantly changing with different combinations of hops used each time:
Their beers really good. I went for a pint of the Rye Saison. Two trends in brewing at the moment are 1) the use of Rye and 2) Saison style beers. So that makes this a very ‘cool’ brew. Don’t let that put you off though it’s also fantastic.
Parked outside the tap room is a food truck which bears the legend ‘Bacon Nation’, guess their speciality? Let me give you a clue:
That’s right it’s a bacon taco, now that’s good food for working up a thirst. Next stop was the Ryman Auditorium where we were rent a crowd for the National finals of the Country Showdown. It was cheesier than a four cheese pizza with extra cheese but the standard of the performances was undeniably high.
After the show we went to Tootsies Honky Tonk on Broadway. The place was hopping, there may even have been some singing along at one point. I had a Yeungling, the selection wasn’t great but the craic was good.
We concluded the night in the Bootleggers Inn.
Where they have bath tubs full of beer and Moonshine. It was a little less racous than Tootsies but the music was more authentic, with requests for Conway Twitty numbers all being fulfilled. I started with a Sweetwater IPA, then seeing as to how I was in a Bootleggers joint decided to go all out and have one of Popcorn Sutton’s White Lightings. It was rough and it was definitely time for me to hit the hay afterwards!