Qualifacts VP resigns to start brewery

Son of former governor leaves company his father founded

Fans of local microbrewed beer will be happy to know that there soon will be another player in that space. Ben Bredesen, Qualifacts Marketing Vice President and son of our last governor, is leaving the health care software company after eight years to start Fat Bottom Brewery.

At the beginning of this month, Bredesen filed incorporation documents for Fat Bottom, which he says will be a small but not insignificant operation.

“It will be a production brewery, not a pub or anything like that,” he said.

The brewery will begin with distribution and kegging operations. Bredesen said that he would like to get into bottling but that such an operation comes with significant costs. Asked what variety of beers Fat Bottom will produce, he told NashvillePost.com, “that hasn’t been nailed down yet.”

Bredesen pointed to the problem that many breweries produce pale ales and hefeweizens, so differentiating yourself becomes difficult. The hope, he said, is to produce beers that are different while still being accessible. One variety that will likely make the cut is a wheat ale with ginger and lemongrass, although he hasn’t come up with a name for it yet.

Bredesen is currently in the market for production space and is hoping to begin producing by late first quarter or early second quarter of next year.

Fat Bottom will join a marketplace that has expanded greatly in the last decade with the rise of Yazoo and Blackstone along with newer players such as Jackalope and Cool Springs Brewery.

Bredesen's twitter page can be found @benheartsbeer.