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A Favorite of Local Craft Brew Enthusiasts

Tucked away on the corner of Fifth Avenue South and Lea Avenue is a taproom that many local craft brew enthusiasts call Nashville’s best. Czann’s is one of the newer craft breweries in Nashville, having only just celebrated its fourth year in business, but owner and brewer Ken Rebman has been brewing his own beer for more than a decade. Rebman shares a camaraderie with several Nashville craft beer staples including Yazoo, Jackalope, Tennessee Brew Works and New Heights, many of whom started in the same homebrew club as Rebman.

Czann’s—a portmanteau of Rebman’s mother’s maiden name, Czora, and Rebman’s own last name, which was originally spelled with two ns—has quickly become a local favorite.

“It’s the best craft brewery in Nashville,” raves Ender Bowen, a local craft brew enthusiast. “It’s so unique in its persona. It feels like you’re being invited into Rebman’s home to share his beer. Czann’s is an extension of Ken himself.”

One of the things that makes Czann’s so unique is that Rebman bTucked away on the corner of Fifth Avenue South and Lea Avenue is a taproom that many local craft brew enthusiasts call Nashville’s best. Czann’s is one of the newer craft breweries in Nashville, having only just celebrated its fourth year in business, but owner and brewer Ken Rebman has been brewing his own beer for more than a decade. Rebman shares a camaraderie with several Nashville craft beer staples including Yazoo, Jackalope, Tennessee Brew Works and New Heights, many of whom started in the same homebrew club as Rebman.uilt the place with his own two hands—literally! He did everything from laying new concrete to installing the kettles to transform a former body shop into SoBro’s newest taproom. He still does most of the brewing himself. He also handles sales and oversees the keg deliveries.

Czann’s brews about once a week and produces roughly 750 barrels a year.

Rebman doesn’t like to waste his customers’ time having to explain what kind of brew they’re ordering. So he keeps it simple by letting the beers speak for themselves.

Blonde

This is Czann’s most popular beer. It accounts for 40-45 percent of all orders. The Blonde is a light, enjoyable beer that doesn’t taste watered down. Five different malts are used to create a full malt profile while keeping the beer light and dry. 4.25% ABV (Alcohol By Volume), 18 IBUs (International Bittering Units)

Pale Ale

Europe’s alternative to porters. If you’re looking for a more “malt forward” taste, this is your beer. The Pale Ale is brewed using four different malts and three hop additions. Low bittering hops are used for a unique hop flavor that doesn’t overpower the complex malt flavor of the beer. 5.5% ABV, 38 IBU’s. “It’s wetter. Not as dry as the Blonde.”

India Pale Ale

Like your beers a little more hoppy? Try the India Pale Ale, an unfiltered ale featuring citrus flavored hops. Balanced bitterness and light crystal malt make this a “drinkable IPA.” 7.0% ABV, 55 IBUs

Dunkelweizen

The Dunkelweizen is a favorite of many beer lovers who come to the taproom. If you don’t typically like dark beers, this is one for you to try. It is a traditional dark German wheat beer. The familiar banana and clove flavor from the yeast is complemented by the addition of Munich and Carafa malts. 5.5% ABV, 20 IBUs. “It doesn’t taste like a dark beer. It’s more of a cross between Hefeweizen and Oktoberfest.”

German Pilsner

This is Czann’s newest brew, which is fermented at a colder temperature and lagered at almost freezing for en entire month. It is 100 percent European pilsner malt hopped with Pearl and Hallertau Hersbrucker and lagered for five weeks. 5.25% ABV, 34 IBUs

Czann’s taproom, 505 Lea Ave., Nashville, TN 37203, is open 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.