Yes my friends, the rumor is true. People use the saying “A dream come true” somewhat loosely at times. Well just a few years back I had an idea that I dreamed about from time to time. That idea was to start a small business the brewed fresh, local beer. That said business would be located in my little agriculture community of ,TN and distribute locally to the town that I was born and raised in, Gallatin TN. Folks, on Saturday, February 21st, starting at 5pm, the very first glass of BriarScratch Beer will be sold to the public.
Happy NEW YEAR Ladies and Gents! Who’da thunk that we would have made it this far?! Well, 2015 is here and I know I’m excited! Here’s the lowdown on BriarScratch Brewery as of this morning from the homestead. So much that I want to spill out into text but I’m going to try and keep things to a minimum here. As many of you know, this is not just a business, actually kind of far from it. When I got into homebrewing and the craft beer movement in 2009, I had no idea this is what would be happening in 2015. Even when I bought the building and 9 acres in 2011, I would have never dreamed it would turn into the ultimate hobby dwelling, and Sumner’s first brewhouse at that. Continue reading
It’s another sunny summer day in Cottontown, with a nice breeze blowing across the back porch as I peck away at my laptop. Things are definitely happening down at the Bunker. We are currently gouging into the earth as we trench out our path to the nearest source of water service. We have roughly estimated this to be distance of almost 1600 feet. That’s a long dig! Thankfully we have a wonderfully kind neighbor who owns a track hoe and enjoys helping his friends. Our septic system is fully installed. Now we just need water to put down those drains. As all of this plumbing conundrum comes together, it makes me appreciate the value of a home or office. You probably don’t think about the ins and outs of your system every time you flush the toilet, but it’s a pretty miraculous thing! We’re looking at roughly $10,000+ in expenses by the time I get that glorious opportunity to flush the toilet at the bunker for the very first time. Now as for the beer, it will still be my full intention to use nature’s spring water that is gifted to us up at the other end of the holler. That’s it currently on the construction end of things. In the coming weeks we will be installing interior plumbing, framing out necessary rooms: (bathroom, closet, fermentation room, walk-in cooler, grain mill, and yeast bay), and finishing electrical and fixture placement. Continue reading
Greetings from the hollers of Cottontown! What a time we have had over the past few weeks. Let’s just skip all the small talk and cover some of the more important happenings recently. Well, for starters you may recall that I mentioned the whole county zoning resolution thing. On March 17th the Sumner County Commission passed the amendment that would allow Breweries and Wineries to be permitted in Agricultural Zoned Districts under appeal. Under this resolution falls 8 stipulations a winery or brewery must adhere to. One of those being that I won’t be able to sell any product on site at the brewery. Lots of people have asked me about where my beer will be sold and if they would be able to come buy products directly from the brewery. We didn’t originally plan to have a taproom anyway, due to the narrow dead-end road we’re located on. Continue reading
Well I reckon its about past time to add an update to this so-called blog! Hmmm…where to begin? It’s been a cold winter but spring has sprung and things are starting to come out of the woodwork. First off, I must say, interest in Briarscratch Brewing has grown quite a bit over the past few months. Everywhere I go, someone asks me how the brewery project is coming along. I simply tell them that we are inching along in the right direction. Getting the idea across to a panel of local government officials and non-beer drinkers, that a brewery on a backroad of a rural part of a county that has previously never had a brewery……has been no simple task. But alas, we have seen the light! Continue reading
Tuesday, February 25th we will be hosting a tasting at Gallatin’s Whippoorwill, located on our downtown square. Come out and taste 3 different brews and hang around for dinner and a live blues jam.
From 5-7pm we’ll be pouring Creekbank Blonde, Pop’s Hops IPA, and Tennessee Night Rambler Oatmeal Stout and talking about the current state of Briarscratch Brewery and what’s happening locally to hopefully get us up and running on the farm. Continue reading
So it’s been quite a while since I’ve checked in with a website post. There are a few reasons for that. Mainly, one can only hype up something so much that’s not available to the public before folks begin to lose interest, so I’ve been letting some things build up. It has truly been one ridiculously cold and eventful winter so far. Beers have been brewed and beers have been consumed by many. From our Harvest Ale brewed with ripe persimmons and spices, to our Night Rambler Ale brewed with roasted malts, oats, and cocoa, to our flagships; Creekbank Blonde and Cottontown Brown, we have seemed to win over some taste buds and create a few dozen more believers in this little back country operation. Have we gotten any closer to having the county approve our location? I can’t say yes for about 5 more weeks. This is what’s happened over the past few months… Continue reading
We have some Briarscratch logo hoodies and long sleeve shirts going into production next week. There will only be a few extras so get your pre order in if you wanna represent this little local project! Hooded Sweatshirts are available in Navy, Charcoal grey, and Dark Brown. All with orange logo. Sweatshirts are $30 or $50 for 2. Long Sleeves are $20 each. All high quality brands. Just email us if you’re interested!
With my fall travel schedule wrapping up, I’ll soon be back in Cottontown busy busy with all of my upcoming projects around the farm. Things are changing and progressing in many ways. At the bottom of the page is the list of new accepted uses in Agricultural Districts of Sumner County. This is a great thing and truly a step towards a new generation of local business in our rural communities! What’s your favorite on the list?? Maybe we’ll have a brewery, hayride, duderanch, cheese making, wedding venue combo!
We have a really cool event coming up on November 2nd. The Fall Harvest Farm-to-Table Dinner hosted by The Butterbean Bakery and Bistro in Gallatin. We will be pairing Briarscratch beers with each of the four courses provided. Tickets are extremely limited and on sale at the restaurant. The menu is as follows:
My favorite time of year is upon us! And what a wonderful time of year for the craft beer drinker. The crisp air, football, the leaves turning, and the autumn harvests pair so beautifully with the brown ales, Oktoberfest, and the pumpkin spiced beers that are beginning to grace our shelves. Fall is the season of change, and change is what we’ve been looking for! We want the freedom to be able to establish our little farm inspired brewery….on the farm! Jumping through local government hoops and spending money on permits and requirements, just to sit in front of a group of people that know nothing about this business and tell you its not feasible, is quite the bummer. Graciously enough, however, we have been joined with the right open minded people that want to see more good things come from our community. Why would anyone say no to any type of business that was respectful, responsible, natural, creative, and controlled? Continue reading