Tennessee Beer

Today in 1796, Tennessee became the 16th state.


Tennessee Breweries

Tennessee Brewery Guides

Guild: Tennessee Brewers Guild (TBG)

State Agency: Tennessee Department of Revenue


  • Capital: Nashville
  • Largest Cities: Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Clarksville
  • Population: 5,689,283; 16th
  • Area: 42146 sq.mi., 36th
  • Nickname: Volunteer State
  • Statehood: 16th, June 1, 1796


  • Alcohol Legalized: December 5, 1933
  • Number of Breweries: 19
  • Rank: 29th
  • Beer Production: 4,114,564
  • Production Rank: 19th
  • Beer Per Capita: 20.5 Gallons


Package Mix:

  • Bottles: 38.8%
  • Cans: 55%
  • Kegs: 5.7%

Beer Taxes:

  • Per Gallon: $0.14
  • Per Case: $0.31
  • Tax Per Barrel (24/12 Case): $4.29
  • Draught Tax Per Barrel (in Kegs): $4.29
  • 17% wholesale tax for use of the counties and municipalities

Economic Impact (2010):

  • From Brewing: $15,107,865
  • Direct Impact: $1,069,412,196
  • Supplier Impact: $474,906,880
  • Induced Economic Impact: $975,718,114
  • Total Impact: $2,520,037,191

Legal Restrictions:

  • Control State: No
  • Sale Hours: On Premises: Mon-Sat: 8 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Sun: 12 p.m. to 3 a.m. Hours of alcohol sale can be modified by local jurisdictions if approved by the alcohol control commission.
    Off Premises: 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. Mon–Sat
  • Grocery Store Sales: Yes
  • Notes: Wine is only sold in liquor stores. Sales of liquor are limited to on-premises in restaurants on Sundays. Beer above 5% ABW / 6.3% ABV must be sold in liquor stores. Open container law only applies to drivers, not passengers.


Data complied, in part, from the Beer Institute’s Brewer’s Almanac 2010, Beer Serves America, the Brewers Association, Wikipedia and my World Factbook. If you see I’m missing a brewery link, please be so kind as to drop me a note or simply comment on this post. Thanks.

For the remaining states, see Brewing Links: United States.

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