Chattanooga Brewing Company
Located adjacent to the south end zone of Finley Stadium is the revival of a Chattanooga pastime. Chattanooga Brewing Company still holds true to the original brewers who first opened it in 1890. (They were forced to shut down in 1915 by the fledging prohibition movement.)
Former engineers and home brewers Mark Marcum and Jonathan Clark re-opened the brewery in 2010 on Frazier Avenue, but have recently upsized to the new location at 1804 Chestnut Street. The new location offers customers “a pleasant retail experience,” as Mark Marcum puts it, while the Frazier location was just a place to stop by and grab a few pints or fill a growler.
Chattanooga Brewing Company pays homage to the original German owners of the company by brewing authentic German-style beer. The brewery even kept the name of the beer that originally put the company on the map, the Imperial Pilsner. This Munich Helles-style pilsner is not your American pilsner. This beer has the full body and full flavor that only the Germans can produce.
The Chickbock is a German-style maibock made with Munich malts and a dash of chocolate. The Two Taverns Pale Ale is made from caramel malts and is similar to an English-style pale ale. The Hill City IPA is similar to the Two Taverns Pale Ale, but is unfiltered to give it a full flavored IPA taste.
The new menu at the brewery features pubgrub done right with an emphasis on fresh ingredients. Beer cheese is featured throughout the menu. It’s made with four different types of cheese and can be found on anything from the Beer Cheese Nachos to the Beer Cheese Pretzel. All the bread used is baked locally at Bluff View Bakery and pretzels are made with spent grain, a brewing by-product.
The Chickbock Tenders are hand cut and beer battered with Chickbock flouring. The SJL is a pimento cheese sandwich made with white cheddar, banana peppers and bacon. The menu also has three stuffed pockets: The Classic (mozzarella, provolone, pepperoni and cherry tomato sauce), the Hot Chick (mozzarella, bleu cheese crumbles, buffalo chicken, served with ranch), and the Southshore (ground beef, black olives, onions, jalapenos, feta, cheddar and mozzarella).
Chattanooga Brewing Company knows they cannot recreate exactly what the original brewers did on 2nd and Broad more than a century ago, but they stay true to the company’s German roots, and with the recent expansion, look to make history of their own.
1804 Chestnut St.