The long awaited opening of the Tennessee TapRoom is set for this Thursday, Oct. 31. Located inside the expansive new Tennessee Brew Works at 809 Ewing, the layout in and of itself is going to make this a destination location.
As you approach from the outside, you face several of the roll up garage door style windows, on both the first and second floor. Yes, a two story taproom. Very cool already. But there is also a long, extended T-shaped upper patio coming out of the second floor. The weather is starting to cool off, but look for that patio to be busy much of the year.
Stepping inside, there will be a two station growler fill area. Why a two station growler fill area you may ask? Because they are approved to do high gravity growler fills, making them the first, well, ever, around here anyway. From there you find the lower level taproom which has a smaller more typical taproom feel. They had a couple soft opening trial runs and had live music in this area. Look for that to continue, probably mostly acoustic. There is also a seating area just outside, through a door, into the actual brew house area.
Upstairs there is quite a bit more room. The taps are directly above the lower area, with similar seating around the bar. There is a balcony overlooking the lower entry by where the musicians set up, allowing the upper patrons to enjoy the music as well. There is also a great view to the back overlooking the brew house. A bigger seating area with about six picnic tables is to the side.
The draft system is a glycol cooled system. They had originally wanted to do an air cooled system, and the draft line runs were within the guidelines for that, but the upper tap tower was at the outside of the limitations and included a few turns. This would have interrupted the air flow and resulted in foamy beer upstairs. This system, though quite a bit more expensive, is well worth it. The patrons will be rewarded with great tasting, fresh, quality draft beer.
Look for me to be enjoying the Cutaway IPA, a great IPA with rye in the malt to add just a hint of spiciness. The Basil Ryeman is a big, complex and spicy farmhouse ale with a lovely lingering aftertaste. Enjoy the ESB and Wit as well, and enjoy the great company of your hosts, Christian and Garr, the owners, Adam, employee number one, and all the great new experienced staff. We just need Ken at Czann’s to get his still planned taproom open!
Time for a pint. Cheers!