A Look Inside: The Hop Yard at Fat Bottom

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The Hop Yard at Fat Bottom Brewing Co. opens in The Nations on Saturday, February 25, 2017. Fat Bottom Brewing Co., which opened in East Nashville in 2011, outgrew the original location, encouraging the significant move to West Nashville. With more space, Fat Bottom is also extending its services. The new 33,000-square-foot space features:

  • The brewery and a quality control lab. 
  • The Hop Yard, a full-service restaurant and taproom, including 20 beers on tap and a full bar with liquor and wine. See the food menu. 
  • The Reserve, a private event space with seating for 150 to 200 people.
  • The Nations’ Tiniest Beer Store, a beer filling station.

Nashville Guru got a look inside the new space.

The Interior

The Hop Yard’s Main Bar & Dining Room

If you ever visited the original Fat Bottom location, the space will feel familiar. There are dozens of wooden chairs and tables, a large bar, and garage doors opening to the exterior.

The Hop Yard’s Upstairs Lounge 

Make your way up to the upstairs lounge for cozy seating and a chill atmosphere. There are couches and coffee tables, perfect for Cards Against Humanity or conversation with friends.

The Hop Yard’s Private Event Space and Spill-Over Seating

This area of The Hop Yard will be used mostly for private events or spill-over seating when the restaurant is busy. A 48-star American flag is one of the owner’s favorite aspects of this section, which was passed down by his grandfather.

“The Reserve” Private Event Space 

The Reserve at Fat Bottom is a massive, open event space with high ceilings and hardwood floors. The room is suitable for 150-200 guests, making it a top destination for beer-loving couples getting hitched. With the exception of a corner bar, The Reserve is blank slate. Garage doors open to the outdoor courtyard, providing a nice indoor-outdoor atmosphere.

The Exterior

Fat Bottom, which is located in a primarily residential area, is easy to spot, especially when people are mingling in the courtyard. The courtyard features a small stage, gravel, trees, a corn hole area, bench seating, and a “fat bottom” mound in the center where kids can play. Hop plants will eventually grow along courtyard’s fence, providing more privacy and greenery.

The Brewery

Fat Bottom’s brewing facility is an upgrade from the previous location. There are dozens of fermenters, a sour fermenting room, and a quality control lab, just to name a few. The quality control lab is one of their most exciting features, where the beer is meticulously tested for quality.

The Menu

The Hop Yard’s food menu includes shareable options like soft pretzels, beer mac & cheese, and Ida’s onion rings along with larger plates like the Fat Bottom Burger and chicken & waffles. There are also a couple salad options. Brunch will be available Saturdays and Sunday from 10am to 1pm. See the full Hop Yard menu. 

Current happy hour specials include 2-for-1 on select draft beers, $1 off cocktails and wine, and $5 select shareables from 4pm to 7pm. These specials are subject to change, so call ahead to confirm.

Food photos courtesy of Fat Bottom

The Details

  • Neighborhood: The Nations
  • Address: 800 44th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37209 (Map)
  • Phone: (615) 678-5715
  • Hours:
    Monday – Thursday: 4pm to Midnight
    Friday: 11am – Midnight
    Saturday: 10am – Midnight (brunch served 10am – 1pm)
    Sunday: 10am – 10pm (brunch served 10am – 1pm)
  • Ages: all ages / family-friendly
  • Parking: on-site parking lot with dozens of spaces plus easy street parking
  • Official Website

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