By Catherine Royka
Cheers! Something exciting has happened in Williamson County…a new trail has popped up in the area. No, don’t grab your running shoes, grab a glass for this one. The new trail here in beautiful Williamson County is the Masters & Makers Trail, connecting five of the top tastemakers in the area – two breweries, two distilleries and an award-winning vineyard.
The group is comprised of Arrington Vineyards, Mill Creek Brewing Co., Mantra Artisan Ales, H Clark Distillery and Leiper’s Fork Distillery. Guests will be able to immerse themselves in the beauty of Williamson County, the local culture and an exceptional tasting experience across this seventy-mile ride from place-to-place.
The trail provides an excellent getaway for those visiting from out of town (and locals too!) to experience all the many wonderful attributes of the area. There are numerous side stops and great local eateries along the way, making it the perfect weekend or day trip. This trail is the first of its kind in the area and is exceptionally unique because of the mixture of places in the partnership. Unlike the Kentucky Bourbon Trail that centers on all things bourbon, this trail has a mixture of breweries, distilleries and a winery, a combination that will adhere to any palate.
Check out visitfranklin.com to keep up-to-date on trail news, the masters and makers involved and browse some of their suggested restaurants and stops along the way!
Masters & Makers Trail Participants
There could not be a more idyllic view than Arrington Vineyards lawn with a glass of wine. The seventy-five-acre vineyard offers a range of tasting options of their white, red and dessert wines, tours, a bistro and lots of green space to set up a picnic with friends or family. Throughout the summer, enjoy your wine and the picturesque countryside of Williamson County with their live jazz and bluegrass concerts on the weekends.
H Clark Distillery
In August of 2014, H Clark Distillery became the first legal distillery in Williamson County in more than 100 years. At their Thompson’s Station location, they produce hand-crafted Tennessee spirits including Tennessee Bourbon, Black & Tan Whiskey, Tennessee Dry Gin and New Whiskey. Complimentary tours are available daily and tasting flights are $10.
Mill Creek Brewing Co.
Mill Creek takes pride in brewing craft beer that doesn’t mess with the standard. You can enjoy a beer right from the source, as their taproom is located in their 27,500 square-foot brewing facility and is family and pet-friendly. They offer tours on Saturdays for $10 and are accompanied with a tasting of the brews and a pint of beer.
Mantra Artisan Ales
Mantra’s brewery is located just minutes from downtown Franklin. The Mantra team has set out to create premium, world-inspired artisan beers. Choose from creative and innovative beers like Japa Milk Chai Stout, Saffron IPA and more. Tours are offered on Saturday afternoons for $10 and tastings during the week.
Leiper’s Fork Distillery
Leiper’s Fork Distillery is focused on bringing back the history and heritage of small batch whiskey production to the Williamson County area. On your tasting tour for $10 you’ll see their barrel room, try Old Natchez Trace White Whiskey, Hunter’s Select Barrel Tennessee Bourbon Whiskey and experience the cozy-cabin atmosphere they have created on their site.