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California Craft Beer Company Moves To Nashville

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California Craft Beer Company Moves To Nashville

CREATED Jul 4, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  - Nashville is now home to another craft beer brewer, one that's relocated here from the West Coast.

The goal is to make an 16,000 square foot building on 7.3 acres of land on Charlotte Pike into more than just the new home of TailGate Beer, but make it a destination for people. The old Moose Lodge has sat empty for quite some time.

Nashville has become a destination for the company owner.

Wesley Keegan said he didn't tell many people that he, his wife, and the company had left sunny California until Wednesday morning, after they signed a deal on what will be the new home of TailGate Beer.

"I mean the name's TailGate. The picture is a truck. The South's where we want to be, right?” Keegan said. "The retailers we spoke to kept saying 'we don't have people like you in the South.' There's a couple of big breweries but not like the rest of the country."

Keegan said the plan is for an outdoor beer hall, picnic area and tailgating space to be open by August. The indoor venues will come later in phases.

They've been working out of a temporary space in Metro Center for the last few months, but the majority of the beer is currently brewed and canned in Wisconsin.

TailGate beer is already sold in stores in Nashville.

Keegan said they hope to expand that soon. He also hopes to hire a local brewmaster and really begin expanding the types of beer they offer.

The company made the announcement Thursday morning on its website