This place started as a New York style pizzeria and then they shoehorned a brewhouse into it - and I’m glad they did. Long bar and lots of tables, brewhouse is up front next to the door. We had a front row seat sitting at the bar and watching the brewer work. Lots of beers on tap, all were tasty. They had a pizza buffet at lunchtime, but we ordered off the menu, and the pizza was delicious (and I’m from New York and I’ve lived in Italy). Great service from friendly attentive staff. Well worth a visit.
Visited with friends. Plenty of parking in the strip mall, which I really appreciate. Clean, modern and roomy. The bar has a variety of mixed drinks in addition to their own beer selection. Seems like they keep 8-10 beers rotating on their taps and they create new beers often. I didn’t get a chance to sample the food, but I expect to visit again soon.
Kudos to Derrick Morse (brewmaster), particularly for the Yeasty Nasty and Hop Brutality, both of which can stand proudly in any company. This is a comfortable place to spend an evening, with a knowledgeable crowd, good live entertainment, friendly staff, and a brewmaster who spends time with customers talking about beer. It is tough to put a number on selection - there is good variety, but as far as I could see, only Cool Springs brerws are available. This place is worth a stop.
Solid food, although they aren’t sure what they want to be...pub food, italian, fancy...food is good, but need identity. But this is about the beer. And the beer here is by far the most interesting and best being produced commercially in the region...bar none. Worth the trip for beer alone.
(Visited 05/2012): Cool Springs brewpub is located in a strip mall on Frazier Drive on the northeast side of Franklin, near I-65. The plaza has a pretty good-sized parking lot.
The interior has kind of a modern look, with brick and purple paint. Several TVs including a couple really big ones, lending to kind of a sports bar feel. Snarky beer signs too. The bar is past the growler stand (more on that in a minute) and there is table seating in the rest of the space.
Cool Springs has 6 of their beers on tap, including a Saison, APA, Kölsch and Coconut Porter on our visit. The beers are all decent, with the Coconut Porter being the standout. They also offer a sampler.
Service on a slow evening was pretty good. The bartender knew the beers and was happy to fill growlers. However due to whatever bizarre TN law we were not allowed to take the growler from the bar, we had to walk back to the front of the brewpub and pick it up from a special "growler window". It was not a hassle or anything, just silly considering the bartender still just handed it to us, same as if she would have done at the bar.
We did not try any food on this visit.
All in all I would definitely recommend checking this place out in Franklin.
Nice beer selection, good food, staff friendly and helpful. Pretty good lunch buffet. Nice cozy bar with a wide open dining area down stairs and extra seating upstairs. A little hard to find if you’ve never been before.