TASTING ROOM OPEN!
OCTOBER 27, 2014
OK! We did it! Our tasting room is officially open. My work here is done! …right?
We officially kicked open the doors to our Tasting Room on Saturday.
Humbling doesn’t do it justice. People driving by that just stopped in. Friends from social media. People keeping up on these posts. Just amazing.
Truth is, I didn’t know what to expect, but this was better than whatever that expectation was.
So, without further ado, the Tasting Room is officially open. Here’s the rundown:
- 20 Taps!
1 dedicated tap per local brewery
We also have a Nitro rotator, Cider rotator, and a Non Alcoholic Root Beer rotator.
Every handle will rotate every time the keg blows.
- Rooms? We have 3 open for now.
The main entry, we’ll start adding in merchandise and beer to go.
The Tasting Room has the taps and TV’s you see in the pictures.
The Café is a room with no TV’s, picnic tables, music playing, and space to chillax – think anything you might do at a coffee shop. Now you can do it with some great craft beer at hand.
- Wifi? Yup. Free. High speed and stuff.
- Tours? Soon.
Brewery equipment is being made, brand new. There’s not much to see yet outside of these 3 rooms that are open.
- Smoking/Vaping? No. Not inside.
- Growlers? Definitely.
Most every beer on draft is not available in package. Come by, fill ‘er up. We have growlers, and are happy to fill yours. Bring em clean! Nothing ruins great beer faster than a stank growler.
- Food? You’re welcome to bring your own. Have it delivered. Whatever you want.
We are working to coordinate a food truck calendar.
Also, you might peruse our Microwavable Confections menu. For an exorbitant fee, we’ll nuke you something awful. We don’t recommend it.
- Hours? Every. Darn. Day. Come get it.
Mon – Fri: 3-10pm
Sat – Sun: Noon – 10pm
- Address? 7300 Charlotte Pike. 37209
There’s so much more that I’m missing. In summary, think of this is as a great place to drink awesome beer, and be with friends. Like your craft beer with the game? Done. Want to turn off your phone, mash on your blog over a pint? Done.
I personally hope you enjoy the little things. This total build is going to take us a long time to maximize all of our 7+ acres. But, things like glassware? We pour all beers in honest pints. A traditional pint is .5L – or 16.907oz to you, my fellow patriots. We’re not pouring 14oz’s and calling it a pint. The wood on the walls? Each piece was hand painted, individually cut, and stained. The whole thing is unique. There is no pattern, no stencil. All handcrafted. We salvaged a pretty tore up bar, and renovated the old cooler. The rest is new. Come look around. We hope you see, we give a damn.
We do have a 7k sq foot event hall we’re currently booking holiday parties for as well. If that’s your bag, or you need an event space. Let us know. We’d love to have you here!
Lastly, we’re hiring for Tasting Room staff. We’re looking for the most knowledgeable beertenders in Nashville. If you’re excellent, come see us. We want you.
This is getting awfully exciting. Thank you Nashville for making every day better than the last.
- Wesley Keegan
HEY Y’ALL! GOOD NEWS!
SEPTEMBER 18, 2014
Hey ya’ll! Good news! We captured video of our last few weeks:
So, everything is going according to plan. I mean, our building is only 30 or 40 years old. What could go wrong?
Kidding aside, things are amazing! In terms of retail: You can find us in Kroger, Mapco and Walmart stores throughout Tennessee. These are all new developments, so if you don’t see us in your store, please ask!
At our building, we are well under way and expect to open up the whole shabang in 3 or 4 weeks. It all depends on receiving equipment. Stay tuned on social media, especially Tinder for updates! You can start getting involved by checking out our event calendar and music signup. We hope to have all y’all coming by to join the fun!
Also, we’re excited to share a visual of our master plan:
This is a birds eye view of our dreams and goals. The main building will absorb a lot of our time and energy in the near future. And to that end, we expect to install solar panels to assist with that energy consumption. Over the next year we’ll be landscaping our walking garden, tailgate park and outdoor stage. These things all seem to take 10x longer than I anticipate, so please be patient and grow with us! We’re confident in our roadmap, we just hope you’ll enjoy the ride as much as we are.
Be well. Feel well. Drink well
- Wesley Keegan
BIG NEWS, BIG NEWS!
JULY 3, 2014
Some of you may have noticed that we’ve gone “quiet” on social media for a few months. We’re back now, and I’m happy to share we’ve found a home for our brewery and tasting room! We have just signed on a ~16k sq ft building, on 7.3 acres of land in Nashville, Tennessee! (7300 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209) In this building we can really focus on not only hosting you and sharing great beer, but on really expanding and improving our lineup.
You might also know that this site search has been a long process, we’re still a small company (but more than doubling every year) and I’ve been committed for a long time to doing this – and doing it right. When I started TailGate Beer in 2007, the craft beer industry wasn’t anything like it is today. I wasn’t sure then that we’d ever have a tasting room. As the industry has evolved, so have our goals as a company. The one constant, is excellent craft beer.
Last year we distributed beer across 14 states. Now, we even export internationally. This level of distribution and support is absolutely staggering for me. With this former Moose Lodge to make into our home, it will be a long project. Fortunately, we can do a lot of it with you. Our goal is to open up the outdoors as a craft beer hall, picnic, tailgate and event space as soon as possible. We’re converting what once was baseball diamond into an acoustic-music-only, outdoor concert venue. We’ll be gardening hops and working with local artists on murals in and around the property.
Our primary focus is brewing. Duh, right? Here we’ll expand on small batch, experimental brewing. We’ll hire a local brewmaster to replace me, and he or she will have carte blanche. Brew what you want. Experiment. Grow. Create. We’ll be using small brew tanks, but lots of fermenters. The idea is constant flux. Always brewing something new. We’ll continue canning through our partner relationship with Minhas Craft Brewery in Wisconsin. We hope to expand those national, canned releases based on the developmental brewing happening right here in Nashville. Last year our small batch program developed an 8% Pumpkin Ale, 12% Coffee Stout, 11% Bourbon Stout, a Grapefruite Pale Ale at 9% and so many more. I hope that the new brewmaster in Nashville laughs at all that and really pushes the creative envelope.
With the amazing growth in the Nashville craft beer community, we’re excited to join the fun! As a fan of the beer in town from breweries like Blackstone, Yazoo and Jackalope to all the new faces like Tennessee Brew Works and Black Abbey – I hope we can add to community in our own way and follow in the very impressive footsteps already being made. I’m looking forward to joining the local brewers guild and participating in the community any way possible. I’m most hopeful that we can do some local collaboration brews and learn from everyone already here.
We’re currently operating out of (what’s now) a temporary location in Metrocenter in Nashville. And we are ecstatic to have partnered with Ajax Turner Distributing in Nashville and L&H out of Tullahoma. We’ll be rolling out distribution across the rest of the state over the next couple months. With 6 packs already on the shelf, and kegs hitting bars and restaurants, you can grab a 6er today! In Nashville check out Frugal McDougal’s, Midtown, Filling Station locations and Mapco stores. More to come soon!
Lastly, with so much more news and announcements to share, I’ll say this: I’ve always looked at the beer industry a little different. I admire companies like Sierra Nevada and New Glarus Brewing and aspire to their quality. That said, some of my strongest inspiration comes from companies like Costco, In n Out, Southwest, Starbucks, Google and Apple. Every employee will earn a living wage. We at TailGate Beer live a culture of community and family. With the amount of hiring we expect to do over the next 12 months, I’m most excited to meet our new family.
Thank you to everyone who makes this ride and journey possible. Keep grabbing those 6 packs, and come see us real soon. We hope to be able to open the picnic grounds in August.