Well, we are starting to settle into the new place! We have done about 20 brews now on the new brewhouse, and Ken and Quinn are starting to become experts on all of its quirks. Colin and Chris are cranking out more cases than ever on the same old bottling line, and dreaming of the day, soon, when we will have a faster line...
But we have been getting a lot of questions since the move, and I'd like to answer some:
1. Now that you have more capacity, will you be releasing any new beers?
Yes! Our next beer in our Brewmaster's Reserve seasonal series is going to be the return of our Summer Ale. We plan on having it out in bottles and kegs around the middle of June.
2. Will you be able to brew "Sue" again? How about more high-alc beers?
When we filed for our new permits with the beer board, they had a lot of concerns about the legality of us brewing high-alc beers, even though we felt we had done everything that the ABC and TN Dept of Revenue had asked us to do (they are the ones who have jurisdiction over high-alc beers). We have a plan to get the beer board's approval within about another month. Until then, if you see some "Sue", I suggest you buy it!
3. The outside of the building still looks "unfinished". Any plans for it?
Yes! We will be building a trellis over the patio out front, to provide some much needed shade as summer comes. We'll be planting some hop vines out front to grow over the trellis as well. We'll be paving the parking lot soon, and striping it to help with the parking. We know that parking can be a hassle, but there is lots of street parking once our lot fills up, and we promise, we'll make the beer worth the walk! And Neil has plans for a bocce ball court (what do you think?)
4. It's pretty noisy inside.
Yeah, we didn't realize how loud it could get until we opened and it got crowded. We're planning on installing some "floating" accoustic tiles in the taproom ceiling to cut down on the noise.
5. My wife doesn't like beer, so will you ever add wine to your menu?
We can't. The ABC has ruled that anyone with a restaurant liquor license cannot sell "growlers" of beer to go. That's a big part of our retail business, so we don't ever plan on getting a liquor license.