Tailgate's "Tasting Room," which opened October 27
Tailgate Beer, which moved from San Diego to Tennessee in July, opened a taproom in West Nashville three weeks ago, according to their website.
In May of 2013, Tailgate owner Wesley Keegan and his partners were "adamant" about establishing a brewpub in San Diego, according to a report in the Reader. However, Brandon Hernández wrote that a "set of snags" would delay a planned opening in the East Village.
According to the Nashville Business Journal, Tailgate's was strictly a production and wholesale business before moving. When it moved four months ago, Tailgate had distribution in 14 states, but it has scaled that back to a handful and will now produce only its two most popular brews — Blacktop Blonde and a session IPA, according to the publication.
The beer is currently brewed in Wisconsin, but Keegan expects to brew it onsite in December, once his equipment arrives to help fill up some of the building's 16,000 square feet of space. The brewery is located in a former Moose Lodge, on 7.5 acres of land with a "giant parking lot," according to the journal.
Keegan said people in the industry encouraged him to move to the South, but he has found it tough cracking into the market. The company, which was founded in 2007, left San Diego partly because of the lofty real estate prices.