Blackstone to continue brewing for Louisville entity planning changes

Local craft beer company handles Falls City effort

Nashville-based Blackstone Brewing Co. is expected to continue to brew and bottle Falls City once Old 502 Winery and Falls City Brewing Co. open a craft beer and craft wine tasting facility later this summer in Louisville, according to officials with the entities. 

Old 502 Winery owner John Neace recently became an equity partner in Falls City Brewing Co. David Easterling, who reintroduced the Falls City brand four years ago and contracts with Blackstone for brewing purposes, will remain chief executive officer with the micro-beer company.

A recent story in Louisville-based online publication The Lane Report noted the long-term plan is to move Falls City production and bottling to Louisville from Nashville.

“The plan is to grow Falls City,” Neace told the Post. “If we are successful in doing so, the relationship with Blackstone would only grow. We’ll do our experimental [beers] and seasonal varietals in Louisville in the tasting facility.”

Blackstone owner Kent Taylor, who in addition to Blackstone and Falls City also brews Schlafly Pale Ale (Schlafly beers are brewed by The Saint Louis Brewery LLC) from his North Nashville facility, said the parties are “happy” with their current relationship.

“Our contract runs for several more years,” he said. “We are making great beer for them. [But] moving from contract to in-house is the plan for most contract brews.”

Easterling called Blackstone "a key component of our success" as he and the team expand production in Louisville.

"It makes a lot of sense to have a brewing partner as capable as Blackstone as part of our production plans as we move forward," he said.  

According to The Lane Report, Louisville-based Old 502 Winery and Falls City Brewing Co. are undertaking the project, with an estimated price tag of $1 million, with the plan both to double the winemaking capacity for Old 502 and to relocate Falls City’s non-bottled production facility and tasting room that is currently located on Barret Avenue.