As has been tipped for a while now, local craft beer makers Fat Bottom Brewing will be leaving East Nashville — founder Ben Bredesen announced Tuesday that a new property in The Nations/Historic West Town would be Fat Bottom’s new home.
Growth ultimately spurred the move — according to Bredesen, the new space, at 16,000 square feet, simply gives Fat Bottom more room to expand.
“Since the brewery opened … we have grown steadily at a pace beyond my expectations, and we are now at maximum capacity in our current location,” he said in a release. “This move will allow the business to continue growing.”
Bredesen opened the Brewery’s current location on Main Street in East Nashville in 2012, and since, it’s become a linchpin business in the former Fluffo Mattress hub, also home to Hot Yoga of East Nashville and Edley's Bar-B-Que.
The changes that’ll come with the bigger space, Bredesen says, will include the addition of a sour and barrel-aged beer program, along with an expanded kitchen, a full bar and dedicated event space.
The aim is to have the new Fat Bottom space, at 800 44th Avenue North, open and serving in January 2016.
Leaving East Nashville, however, comes with its bittersweet notes.
“I am sad to move the brewery from neighborhood that I live in and that has helped us grow so quickly,” Bredesen said. “Our new location is also based in a neighborhood though, which is important to the business and to me personally. I hope folks in the Nations will embrace the brewery and taproom in the same way that East Nashville did.”