12 Craft Beers and a New Warm Weather Menu
As spring gives way to a steamy Tennessee summer, a new seasonal menu and featured craft beers – a dozen or so offerings each month – give City Club members good reasons to stop in and cool off.
BBQ Shrimp Cocktail, Fried Green Tomatoes and a Mojito Watermelon Salad are among the appetizers with summery sensibility. Catfish BLT and Crab Cake Sandwich join Grilled Steak and Biscuits and the popular Bear Creek Burger on the sandwich menu. For the summer, diners can opt for crispy onion straws with their locally sourced burger.
Entrees include Brook Trout with English pea puree and red pepper couscous, Smoked Coca-Cola Free Range Chicken with grilled peach slaw and warm bacon potato salad, and Skillet Fried Local Pork Chops. Classic warm weather fare of creamed corn brulee, grilled mushroom, crispy greens and bourbon apple jus round out the chops.
But enough about the food.
Anyone who’s missed the craft beer explosion doesn’t get out of the house much.
Virtually every commercial hub in Nashville has a tap room, a tap room under construction or a microbrewery that makes its concoctions on site. The trend, of course, is not limited to Nashville – the majority of U.S. residents now live within 10 miles of a craft brewer, and the industry grew 18 percent by volume and 20 percent by retail dollars from 2012 to 2013, according to the Brewers’ Association, a craft beer trade group.
By the end of 2013, Tennessee had 35 craft breweries (up from 21 in 2011) that combine for an economic impact of $445 million annually, the association says.
U.S. sales of craft beer topped $14 billion last year.
The City Club is tapping into this trend (tapping, get it?) by featuring a dozen craft beers each month from around the country – and beyond. The most recent line-up featured Stiegle Radler (Austria), Sweaty Betty Blonde (Colorado), Eight Ball Stout (California) and Nashville’s very own Blackstone A.P.A.
So stop by and try one. Or two. Pretty sure several pair well with a Bear Creek Burger or BBQ Shrimp Cocktail.