The Black Abbey takes space on Sidco, shoots for Q3 production start

The Black Abbey Brewing Company will locate its production facility and tasting room to a building located at 2952 Sidco Drive in South Nashville.

Lease terms of the structure, last home to Southern Library Bindery Co., are not being disclosed.

Carl Meier, founder of the Nashville-based craft brewing company, said the 11,000-square-foot facility will include brewing equipment as well as a tasting room that will serve as a retail outlet for beer and other merchandise. Construction is expected to begin this week, with production slated to start in the third quarter of 2013.

The tasting room should be open shortly thereafter, he said.

“We have a portfolio of unique and delicious beer that we are excited to deliver to the Greater Nashville market,” Meier said in a release.

The Black Abbey Brewing Company is being backed by a group of primarily local unnamed investors. Its tagline is “Created. Not Made.”

Meier said The Black Abbey brand is “thoughtfully influenced” by the story of Martin Luther, father of the protestant reformation. The company will craft Belgian-inspired ales (one of which is seen here in a photo courtesy of Doug Brumley) that are “creative, accessible and unique," relying on 600 years of brewing tradition and starting with styles that Luther himself might have enjoyed.

“Luther and his wife brewed beer for the community surrounding Wittenberg Germany, creating an opportunity for fellowship around good conversation and great beer,” Meier said. “We love the idea of bringing people together and promoting community through common interests. We want our tasting room to become a ‘Fellowship Hall’ — a place where people can get to know one another, and get to know us and our personable beers.”