In Memphis, Tennessee, you don’t have to be a beer snob to appreciate locally-crafted brews. One sip and you get it: Memphis craft beer tastes good. By the bottom of your glass, you realize a few more things: You’re getting an authentic taste of the city, you’re surrounded by locals, and you’re in a really cool neighborhood. That’s Memphis’s craft beer scene. Here’s how to fully appreciate it:
Before the craft beer boom, there had to be a pioneer. In Memphis, that’s Boscos Restaurant and Brewing Co. Boscos began brewing small-batch beer in the early 1990s, making it the first brewpub in Memphis—and in all of Tennessee. Through the years, Boscos’s beers have earned several national awards. What’s the best way to taste them? Request a patio table at Boscos Squared brewpub, with a view of buzzy Overton Square. Order a flight of beer featuring award-winners like the Flaming Stone—its caramel profile is created by the immersion of hot stones during the brewing process. Boscos’s menu is full of bright salads and wood-fired pizzas that pair perfectly with each microbrew—ask your server for recommendations.