Fueled by the success at its intimate East Nashville taproom, Southern Grist Brewing Co. has a big expansion planned for west Nashville neighborhood The Nations.
May 2, 2017 | Lizzy Alfs | Tennessean
The brewery’s owners signed leases to occupy more than 9,000 square feet of warehouse space for brewery operations and a 2,000-square-foot taproom at the high-profile Stocking 51 development at the corner of 51st Avenue North and Centennial Boulevard.
The brewery’s taproom at 1201 Porter Road will remain open.
“Along with the popularity of our product and tap room, customer demand continues to rise and we needed to increase our brew volumes to meet that growing demand,” said Southern Grist CEO Kevin Antoon in a statement. “We love the creative synergies evolving at Stocking 51, and it provides us with the perfect place to expand from a functional and geographic standpoint.
“We are keeping our current location and look forward to having taprooms on the East and West sides of Nashville.”
Southern Grist was founded in 2016 by three friends who shared a passion for homebrewing: Antoon, Jamie Lee and Jared Welch. They originally arrived in Nashville nearly a decade ago to work for tech company ServiceSource.
The Porter Road brewery opened in February last year with a four-barrel brewing system, 49 seats and board games for customers to play while enjoying a beer.
The larger location in The Nations will give the brewery expanded production space in addition to a second neighborhood-focused taproom.
The brewery will join Frothy Monkey, Nicky’s Coal Fired, Office Evolution, Project 615 and FashionABLE at the multi-phase, mixed-use development led by Nathan Lyons of Vintage South Development.
Trent Yates with OakPoint Real Estate represented Lyons and Brian Taylor with Benchmark Commercial represented Southern Grist in the deal.
Southern Grist adds to the Nations’ evolving restaurant and bar scene. In the last few years, 51st Avenue North has welcomed caterer and grab-and-go market Tinwings, restaurant/bar House: A Social Eatery, high-end restaurant Fifty First Kitchen & Bar, neighborhood hang The Nations Bar & Grill and chef-driven restaurant Nicky’s Coal Fired.
Right nearby is Fat Bottom Brewing Co., dive bar The Centennial, Centennial Cafe, craft beer bar The Old Gas Station and Three Corners Coffee. More businesses are on the way, including Corner Pub and 51N Taproom.