New Local Craft Brewery To Open This Fall In Southside Chattanooga

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Former Chattanooga native Nathan Michaels has returned to his hometown to open Five Wits Brewing Company with long-time Denver brewers, Elliot Kehoe and Bryan Harris.

Five Wits Brewing Company is slated to open in the Fall of 2019 and will reside in the new Southside Chattanooga Market South development in the former Grocery Bar space on Main Street.

After nearly a decade in the Mile-High city, Mr. Michaels decided to return to Chattanooga alongside two friends and tenured brewers, Mr. Kehoe and Mr. Harris, who met while working together at Great Divide Brewing in Denver, one of the Rocky Mountain region’s oldest and largest craft breweries. The trio will bring more than 15 years of craft brewing experience with them to this new Chattanooga craft brewery.

“After spending so much time living in Denver and watching craft breweries in the city continue to grow, I became super passionate about not only the craft of brewing beer but also the opportunity to be a part of the community and culture that comes along with it. After meeting and working closely with Elliot and Bryan, I knew that I had found the right people and we decided that it was time to venture out and start a brewery of our own,” said Mr. Michaels.

“It’s all about finding the right location. Starting your own business is super challenging and we wanted to find a place that we knew we could contribute to and bring our craft to a community that is growing. I have continued to visit Chattanooga frequently over the years and I was starting to see a local craft beer community flourishing. I knew that moving back to my hometown and starting this here was the right decision and I could not be more excited about opening Five Wits Brewing Company in the heart of the Southside in Chattanooga.”

This group will not only bring great brews to this project, but also a big vision to be a great addition to the Chattanooga craft brewing community. “Since moving to Chattanooga from Denver last year, we have really enjoyed learning about the craft beer community in Chattanooga and the surrounding Southeastern region,” said Mr. Harris. “We are huge advocates for collaboration and have spent our entire brewing careers in Denver in a culture of comradery amongst the breweries in that community. It’s not just about the beer, it’s about growing an amazing group of breweries that all work together to help put a city on the map as a respected brewing community. And that’s exactly what we are hoping to be a part of here in Chattanooga.”

Elliot Kehoe, Five Wits Brewing Company’s lead brewer, has been hard at work studying the local and regionally brewed beers and has been working to put together a line-up of Five Wits own hand-crafted beers that will complement the offerings that are available in this part of the country. “It’s been an exciting and incredible experience to meet all of the local Chattanooga brewers over the past year,” said Mr. Kehoe. “Chattanooga has it’s own unique identity and we hope that Five Wits Brewing Company will be a big part of helping the city’s beer community continue to thrive.”

The Five Wits Brewing Company will also house a restaurant incubator, R&D Test Kitchen, that will host a rotating line-up of up-and-coming aspiring chefs and restaurateurs from all over the country. These aspiring chefs will apply for a residency program to occupy and operate their restaurant concepts in the R&D Test Kitchen as the sole food offering for the Five Wits Brewing tap room.

For more information, contact nathan@fivewitsbrewing.com. 


Eat REAL And green|spaces Team Up To Provide More Transparency To Chattanooga Food Service

Average Tennessee Household Throws Away 9 Pounds Of Food Waste Every Week

Conga Latin Food Wins Best Sangria Contest, 3-Year Champion


Over the last six months, nonprofit organizations green|spaces and Eat REAL have partnered together to improve nutrition and sustainability practices in restaurants throughout the Chattanooga ... (click for more)

In an effort to reduce strain on the state’s bloated landfills and to recover valuable materials, Tennessee Environmental Council operates a program open to all Tennessee residents called “Come, ... (click for more)

La Paz Chattanooga held its fifth annual Best Sangria Contest at its annual fundraiser, Sangria on the Bluff at the Hunter Museum. Each year, local restaurants compete for the title of Best Sangria ... (click for more)


Dining

Eat REAL And green|spaces Team Up To Provide More Transparency To Chattanooga Food Service

Over the last six months, nonprofit organizations green|spaces and Eat REAL have partnered together to improve nutrition and sustainability practices in restaurants throughout the Chattanooga area. 10 restaurant locations were brought through Eat REAL’s REAL Certification and have begun green|spaces’ green|light certification. Kelley Cureton, green|light program director said, ... (click for more)

Average Tennessee Household Throws Away 9 Pounds Of Food Waste Every Week

In an effort to reduce strain on the state’s bloated landfills and to recover valuable materials, Tennessee Environmental Council operates a program open to all Tennessee residents called “Come, Post Your Compost.” The program is designed to encourage residential composting of food waste. As of today, 800 Tennessee households are participating and have collectively diverted 75 tons ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Tracy Calloway, 28, Dies After Being Shot Multiple Times On Trailwood Drive

Tracy Calloway, 28, has died after being shot multiple times on Trailwood Drive on Sunday afternoon. He had earlier been listed in critical condition at the hospital. At 2:13 p.m. , Chattanooga Police responded to a person shot call in the 4600 block of Trailwood Drive. U pon arrival, officers located the victim with multiple gunshot wounds as well as a vehicle that ... (click for more)

Girl, 16, In Critical Condition After Sunday Morning Rafting Accident On The Ocoee River

A 16-year-old girl was listed in critical condition at a Chattanooga hospital after a rafting accident on the Ocoee River. The incident happened around 10 a.m. on Sunday on a trip by Quest Expeditions. The girl was reportedly on life support. Ryan Cooke, president of the Ocoee River Outfitters Association, said, "I would like to extend my sincere sympathy to the family ... (click for more)

Opinion

I Support Erlanger - And Response

I write this opinion today under my own free will, without any suggestion or prodding from the management of Erlanger Health System. As a medical doctor employed by Erlanger, I am on the front lines taking care of people. Erlanger is an excellent health system and an excellent place to receive care. It is easy to sit back at a distance and decree how things should run. It is a different ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Mendicant’s Poem

Anthony de Mello, a Jesuit monk before he died in 1972, would have us to believe, “I was neurotic for years. I was anxious and depressed and selfish. Everyone kept telling me to change. I resented them and I agreed with them, and I wanted to change, but simply couldn't, no matter how hard I tried. “Then one day someone said to me, “Don't change. I love you just as you are,” Tony ... (click for more)