Get To Know: Bailey Spaulding & Robyn Virball of Jackalope Brewing Company

Nashville, there's a new microbrewery in town.  Located on 8th Ave in the Gulch, Jackalope Brewing Company is quickly becoming the new 'it' place for Friday happy hours.  We needed to know more about Bailey Spaulding (left) and Robyn Virball (right), the two rockin' ladies behind the brew.  They took a few minutes to answer some of our more pressing questions.

You can never have too many

Bailey Spaulding: Rowboats? Earrings?  Rowboats and earrings.

Robyn Virball: flip flops, cupcakes, compliments.

You couldn’t live without

BS: My airbrushed Jackalope sweatshirt that the nicest man in Gatlinburg made for me, beer, steel-toed rubber boots & water-wicking socks, maple syrup, bad jokes, good friends.

RV: People Magazine, Burts Bees chapstick, beer and wine (variety is the spice of life), Modern Family.


BS: My parents.  They live their lives with passion, care, and joy.  Also, Diane Von Furstenburg, Helena Bonham Carter, and Amy Poehler.  I’m not sure how it would work out, but when I grow up I want to be a combination of those three ladies.

RV: Fashion wise…. My niece, while only two, is pretty styling.  She boldly mixes colors, patterns and styles all while looking adorable. She can also rock a pair of binoculars as an everyday accessory like nobody’s business.   I will also have to copy Bailey and say my parents.  They’re entrepreneurs and have always been encouraging and being able to follow their example on this venture has been incredibly valuable.  They also have lived their lives in a really interesting and inspiring way and I hope I’m as adventurous as them when I’m 60.

Favorite Breweries

BS: Lawson's Finest Liquids (Robyn calls me a hipster for this's this little nanobrewery up in Vermont, I dunno, you've probably never heard of it), and I was just out in California so I'm on a Lagunitas kick right now.

RV: Ours… and Green Flash for their IPA and Dogfish Head for their innovation.

Favorite Hangouts

BS: 12th South Taproom, Fido, The Basement, Climb Nashville.  Also, I hear this new place, Jackalope, is pretty bitchin’.

RV:  Our taproom, I’m pretty much always here.  Also Bongo Java, Melrose, and my friend Sally’s house because she has a double slip’n slide and that’s pretty amazing.

Song that would be (or is) your theme song

BS: We have a ton of those, actually. One being Starship’s "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us    Now."  Then our friend Steve (not Intern Steve, another Steve) in fact wrote a theme song for Jackalope, at this year's Robbie Burns Day party (it's a Scottish tradition that we have bastardized because we love plaid and whisky.  Everyone get excited for January!).  It goes like this:

Oh, drink 'em high and drink 'em low,

to Jackalope in my kilt I go,

All the Lassies say A-LLOH!,

Oh Sh%!, where's me trousers?

I think my own theme song changes multiple times a day.  But more often than not it’s “Badlands,” by Bruce Springsteen.  His lyric ‘it ain’t no sin to be glad you’re alive,’ just about sums it up.

RV: Again echoing Bailey with, Starship’s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” got us through last winter. As for a personal song, I don’t really have one, but I guess when times get hard during this venture The Avett Brother’s “Head Full Of Doubt” plays in my head a lot.  That or “Party in the USA.”

Your personal style in one word

BS: Jazzercize

RV: Existential

Style of beer or cocktail that best describes you

BS: Hefeweizen, 'cause I'm bananas.  Oh wow, it's true, I really couldn't live without bad jokes.

RV: A Cape Codder – classic and WASPy

Best advice you could give someone new to Jackalope

Get here early and have fun!  We have our own brews on tap as well as some regional guest brews, and while we brew literally day and night, until our big equipment is functional we tend to run out of our brews by the end of the evening.  A wonderful problem to have, but we promise everyone, we're working on it!

Next up for Jackalope

Our August rotating brew is an IPA!  Also, getting the big equipment up and running so we can be open more and start distributing. That process has been a long one and we are really excited to be nearly there.

Thanks ladies!  You can try one of their tasty brews any Friday from 4-8pm, but definitely get there early.  Jackalope fills up fast!  To read more about Bailey and Robyn and the Jackalope story, pick up the August issue of Her Nashville magazine or read it here.

Jackalope Brewing Company - 701 8th Ave South Nashville, TN


Styling & General Badassery: Ashley Sheehan & Kate Mills of Old Made Good

Photos: Jude Ferrara