TailGate Beer – Nashville!



FEBRUARY 5, 2015


Last minute details for the big day!

Saturday is our grand opening, so some things are going to be a little different than normal operations.

Tours will be free all day! Beginning at 12:30pm, and every hour until 4:30pm. Tours are available to 20 people per tour, and on a first-come basis.
Normally, we’ll have a free, sober option. And an option that includes a keeper pint, and one glass of beer!
We are a brewery. Closed toe shoes are required on tours. We will be indoors and out.

New Beers brewed on site! Due to the limited amount available, we’ll have 2 scheduled tappings:
Brown Ale
Belgian Dodgy Knight
Orange Wheat
Nitro Peanut Butter Milk Stout
Brown Ale
Dodgy Knight
Orange Wheat
Peanut Butter Milk Stout
Nitro IPA

tailgate_panini_whiteWe’ll have new beers limited to $3 5.5oz tasters, all day. Of course, our other 18 taphandles will be business as usual! Tasters, honest pints, and growlers!

Our full food menu will be available as well. Artisan panini, kettle chips, and a pickle. These sandwiches rock. Come hungry!

We have 4 performances throughout the day starting at 12:30 and going well into the evening. All original music, and amazing, local talent. From singer/songwriters to an awesome band with a horn section – Why Not Be Kings!

Lastly, we do sell our 6 packs and growlers to go. On your way out make sure to check out our homebrew supply, grab a tshirt, and plan your next visit!

We’ll be open on Sunday at noon. Join us for an encore!

See you on Saturday. I’ll be the guy smiling like an idiot, with a great beer in my hand.


- Wesley Keegan



JANUARY 27, 2015


PrintI know we’ve been “open” for 3 months now. But that was soft open. If you think soft doesn’t make a difference, ask your significant other.

Now, we’re Grand Open. With all the pomp and hullabaloo that goes with it! Sorta. Here’s what to expect on February 7th:

  • The Tasting Room is open.

    • Noon – 11pm

  • 7 new brews! Quantities are limited!

    • Tappings at noon and 5pm

  • The Brewery is Open for Tours.

  • Tours will be from noon to 430pm. Every 30 minutes!

    • Tours will be free on the Grand Opening. First come, first serve!

    • After Feb 7th there will be Designated Driver and Designated Drinker options

  • The kitchen is open.

  • Proper glassware.

  • Live music all day!

    • Singer songwriters, bands, all kinds of music!

  • New artwork!

  • Giveaways and thank you’s!

  • Plenty of parking and space

    • Don’t be scared it might be busy. We have parking for 200+. TONS of space inside and out.

  • All ages

    • We are a non-smoking and non-vaping facility.

I hope you’ll come have a great time with us! We’re here because so many of you have supported us from the beginning. I’ll personally be leading tour groups throughout the day, so please come say hi!

If you can’t make it on the 7th, rest assured. Most of this stuff happens every day at TailGate. We have live music every week. We’ll post a tour schedule soon. A brew calendar chock-full of extreme beers. And a team of great people who can’t wait to party with you!

Future news:
We’ll be open 7 days a week again! We want it to be simple. TailGate Brewery brews great beer, offers awesome food, has every local brewery on draft, rotates rare releases, has a great team, and they’re open every day! That’s easy, right?

Come say hi. I can’t wait to meet you.

- Wesley Keegan




JANUARY 15, 2015

tastingroom_1_smSoft. The word “soft” can be uncomfortable, right? It’s sort of like moist. No one wants to be described as soft…or moist. Unless you’re something like a towelette or pillow. But we’re “soft-open,” and I think the right word for that, is grateful.

It’s been a little while since we’ve had an update on here, and we have a lot to share!

We soft-opened our Tasting Room the last week of October. A little behind schedule, but true to our commitment: we’d open up, and grow with you. A lot of policies we were able to put in place right away. In addition to our own, and of the current 25 taphandles: we have one draft handle set aside for every local brewery. We feature other rare, hard to find craft beer releases that rotate every keg. We only use proper glassware, and serve in honest pints. I could go on forever, but putting quality above all else first, we were able to get started day one in the Tasting Room.
We’ve had some misses, and I’m sure we’ll have more. Perhaps the most visible was food. It’s no secret I grew up on the West Coast. The West Coast is swarming with amazing food trucks that flock to breweries. Nashville has amazing food trucks, but getting them to come 10 miles from Music City Center was tough to do. We thought we could open our doors to outside food. There’s great restaurants right down the street – Brewhouse West, Jim and Nick’s, NY Pie…we thought people would want to bring their own meals in. They didn’t, and we’re grateful for the feedback!
Now, we offer an artisan menu of incredible panini with eyes toward expanding! And that’s all part of a soft-open. We’re always tuning, tweaking, and adjusting. Some of the first people to walk into our doors can tell you – things are very different than 2.5 months ago! If you haven’t yet, come get an early look. It’ll be different tomorrow too.

We’re grateful to the fantastic following we’re growing on social media. Without that, I don’t know how we’d communicate! If you’re not yet, pick your social media of choice and keep in touch! It’s the fastest, most up to date information we have.

tastingroom_2_smWe’re grateful that you ask for us around town. We have statewide distribution in Tennessee, and the reception is amazing. Seeing someone order a TailGate in Sylvan Park never gets old. After all, you and these establishments are the reasons we’re here. Our Tasting Room is an extension of TailGate. It’s a next step. But, like the Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchberg – we’re not trying to be anything we’re not. We want to brew, create and develop amazing craft beer for your enjoyment.

We have a Grand Opening party coming soon. We’ll announce the date soon, but right now we think we have a date, and it rhymes with Debruary Theventh. We’ll have brew tanks installed, brewing and tours available! You can see all the history of TailGate, what we’re up to in West Nashville, and what’s coming next! All with a great beer in your hand. Stay tuned for that!

If you haven’t made the pilgrimage “all the way out” to see us – you should. I use quotations because so many people walk in and say, “This is so much closer to town than I thought!” And it is. We’re ultra-convenient to the Charlotte and Old Hickory exit off I-40. Ever visit McKay’s? We’re a hair closer to town. Come take a look at what’s going on inside the Tasting Room. I think you’ll like what we’re doing. More importantly, I think you’ll enjoy seeing us the next time, that much more. Every day something new happens.

Thank you for making this amazing ride, better. I am humbled every day, and we are grateful.

This is getting awfully exciting. Thank you Nashville for making every day better than the last.

- Wesley Keegan




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!
    TailGate Beer
    1 dedicated tap per local brewery
    Rare rotators
    Seasonal releases.
    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




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.

As always, please stay in touch! You can reach us at our Contact page and all the social media sites like Twitter and Grindr. One of those is a joke. Risky click of the day!

Be well. Feel well. Drink well

- Wesley Keegan




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.


- Wesley Keegan

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