Jackalope Brewing Company is getting into the expansion game, as word is out today that the Gulch brewery will be opening up a second production facility and taproom in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood.
According to a release from co-founder, CEO and brewmaster Bailey Spaulding, the expansion location is set for 429 Houston Street, a warehouse property recently purchased by Corsair Distillery owner Darek Bell. Late last month there were rumors of a microbrewery being a possible tenant, but Bell declined comment to The Tennessean. Then just less than two weeks ago Spaulding told the Nashville Business Journal that she and her team were evaluating expansion, but that it was too early to provide details.
The main purpose of expansion for the six-year-old brewery is to increase brewing capacity for its staple beers, with the current production space at 701 8th Ave. S. set to focus more on small batch, barrel-aging, and sour beer production.
“Having a location that’s main purpose is more experimentation than volume will open a lot of doors for us creatively[,]” says Spaulding. “Right now, we have to use all of our capacity to keep up with our main brands, which is a great thing but also doesn’t give us much space or time to play around.”
No specific timeline has been provided for the project, but the hope is to open by the summer of 2018.