Nashville Gets Crafty
Nashville might have many craft breweries but there’s only one sake distillery: Proper Sake. Founder and brewmaster Byron Stithem makes sure every bottle follows a painstakingly careful small batch distillation process, ensuring peak freshness and a quality unparalleled anywhere in the US. All Proper Sake is unpasteurized, unfiltered, and undiluted, with styles ranging from Diplomat Nigori, to the sparkling “umami powered champagne” flavor of the Super Gold, to the charred and smoky feel of the Smoky Mountain.
Lucky for us, Proper Sake have opened up a tasting room, fusing Japanese tradition with modern aesthetics. They serve different varieties of junmai sake, as well as taproom-only special releases, Japanese-style dry lager, and delicious dumplings and mochi. The tasting room is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays.