Creating craft beer for Dickson County.
Furnace Brewing will be Dickson County’s first brewery.
We are also determined to be an exceptional brewery with a foundation of easy-drinking, yet interesting beers — and a mix of adventurous brews, too.
In order to make this happen, we need a little help from you. It’s an investment in your community that you’ll get a return on.
We have saved money to help make this dream possible. The bank loan structure is in place. However, this up front money would be the final push for Furnace Brewing. The funds would cover half the brewing equipment cost.
Once ordered the three-month-long federal and state licensing process begins. With your help purchasing this equipment, Furnace Brewing can begin to move forward.
But these funds aren’t donations. You will be rewarded.
We believe Dickson County is ready for its own microbrewery — a place locals can call their own and be an attraction that draws visitors to our county.
- Local, local, local.
- Beers that Dickson County can call its own.
- A destination brewpub that will draw visitors to Dickson County for sampling unique beers.
- Use locally-sourced ingredients (when available).
- Offer face-to-face (and brewery-to-mouth) education on the many beer styles.
- Further revitalization of Downtown Dickson.
- Local family-owned business.
What We'll Do
Furnace Brewing will initially produce at least four base beer styles:
Cream ale (“Old Timer”) — Light, crisp finish with a slight malty-sweet corn taste throughout for more character than mainstream lagers. This beer will be centered around American barley, corn and hops. Often called a “lawnmower beer” because you can drink one (or three) while mowing the yard on a Tennessee summer day.
American/Dickson Amber (“Pig Iron”) — This balanced amber is hopped with Amarillo/Mosaic for a slight fruit-burst finish with delicious caramel, biscuit malt foundation that defines this style.
Witbier (“White Bluff Wit”) — Light gold color with meringue-like foam, this 50-percent wheat grist beer is brewed using spices and orange peel, which combines with high carbonation for a crisp, refreshing brew. Similar to a Blue Moon.
Pecan Porter, (“Paccan”) — A robust, chocolaty, and smooth beer with just enough pecan taste to remind of a rich pecan pie.
Back Alley Bier — This work-in-progress smoke beer (Rauchbier) started off great in Version 1.0 with malty, Oktoberfest-style backbone balanced by the smoke aroma and slight hint of "meat in a glass." May sound odd, but the brew, which was made using Back Alley BBQ-smoked grains, is delicious.
These base beers are a sampling of what Furnace will produce.
Many more styles will be brewed: Light ales, pale ales, porters, browns, IPAs, fruit-focused brews, pumpkin beers and barrel-aged specials. The products adjusted based on customer opinion.
The ingredients will be as local as possible — and if they aren’t available in Dickson County, we will work with local farmers and artisans to see if they can be.
Chris Gadd, owner/manager/co-brewer
Zach Brenner, brewing consultant
Chris Gadd is a Dickson resident and has been a Dickson County citizen for nearly a decade. Chris believes in Downtown Dickson’s continued resurgence and future. He works as a manager at a century-old Dickson business. In addition, he’s been involved in many community activities.
Chris has been homebrewing for several years and has studied brewing science, beer styles, history, and presentation.
Chris was a brewery intern at Cool Springs Brewery in Franklin, Tenn. He also graduated from the Start Your Own Brewery course at the country’s oldest brewing school, Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago.
Chris is a beer judge in the Beer Judge Certification Program, or BJCP.
Zach Brenner. Brewing consultant for Furnace. Dickson born and raised and a Dickson County High School graduate, Zach worked at the popular Calfkiller Brewing Co. in rural Sparta, Tenn. for several years. Zach, who has a chemical engineering degree from TN Tech University, recently started as head brewer at Eagle Creek Brewing Co. in Statesboro, Ga.
John Malone. Brewing consultant for Furnace. Former Music City Brewers Club president. John, a Dickson County resident and DCHS graduate, has volunteered to provide feedback on recipes, equipment, and more.
Adam Hargrove. Possible brewing consultant for Furnace. Bosco’s head brewer and Dickson native and also a DCHS graduate. Adam, who is currently the head brewer at Bosco’s in Memphis, may help in a freelance brewing capacity.
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Risks and challenges
Like every new business, Furnace Brewing is sure to encounter growing pains, learning experiences and challenges on the way to opening Dickson County’s first brewery.
Being in the business of producing beer also means there will be regulation and compliance to navigate. However, those requirements — locally and on the state and federal level — has been researched for more than a year. All the proper steps will be taken, and we will work with local leaders however necessary.
The other big challenge is that Chris Gadd and the other team members have day jobs. Those jobs will continue for the foreseeable future, which means long hours and a three-day business week for Furnace Brewing. If the business succeeds, as we expect, then the days and hours can be extended and more staff hired.
As we have in the previous two years leading up to this moment, we promise you Furnace Brewing will meet these challenges and push ahead.
We know Dickson, we are Dickson, and we want Furnace Brewing just as much as you. This is happening.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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