VOL. 131 | NO. 155 | Thursday, August 4, 2016
Crosstown Concourse Spawns New Memphis Brewery
By Madeline Faber
Crosstown Concourse’s latest tenant is a brewery. Crosstown Brewing Co., a newcomer to Memphis’ craft brew scene, will move into a newly constructed building on the west side of Crosstown Concourse.
The brewery will be an addition to the sprawling Crosstown Concourse building, which also will include residential and office tenants as well as a small market and other retail space when it opens to the public in 2017.
“It’s a production facility first and foremost and trying to squeeze that into the building was challenging, but they did have a nice piece of land west of the building itself that suited our needs,” said Clark Ortkiese, co-founder of Crosstown Brewing Co.
At the facility, Crosstown Brewing Co. will serve beer at a taproom as well as brew and bottle on-site. A patio is also planned for the property, which will bear a total footprint between 6,000 and 12,000 square feet.
“The brewery will be able to sell its beer in the market and the restaurants in the building and of course throughout Memphis,” said Todd Richardson, co-founder of Crosstown Concourse.
The taproom’s design will be “modern and industrial with some nicer touches,” Ortkiese said, adding that the brewing equipment will be walled in with glass so that the brewing processes remain visible from the taproom and the exterior of the building. The taproom will legally have capacity for 150 to 200 patrons, but seating layout has not yet been determined. Hunter Fleming with Facture Design LLC is the architect.
On behalf of the Crosstown Concourse developers, a major modification application was recently filed with the Memphis and Shelby County Office of Planning and Development. The developer is seeking an amendment to the approved planned development to allow new construction adjacent to a surface parking lot.
The new building will sit on a half-acre parcel on the west side of the campus, near the retail area of Crosstown Concourse.
Crosstown Brewing Co. grew out of a home brewing operation led by childhood friends Ortkiese and Will Goodwin. After competing against each other in home brewing contests, the pair decided to combine equipment and award-winning recipes.
“Everybody, or a lot of the established breweries, have home brew roots. It seemed attainable because people we knew had become successful,” Ortkiese said.
Crosstown Brewing Co. introduced its brand to the public last year with a booth at the Crosstown Concourse groundbreaking but had not yet announced its first location.
Ortkiese, who lives in the Crosstown neighborhood, said that the 1.5 million-square-foot Crosstown Concourse project is a natural fit for a brewery and taproom.
“Crosstown is really like a little village that happens to go up instead of out, so we see that as an ideal place to be, like an English pub being the center of the social fabric,” he said.
He said that Crosstown Brewing Co. has about 15 beers ready to release once brewing gets underway with a tropical, West Coast-style IPA and a blonde ale among the first offerings. The brewery will sell growlers and will add cans when production picks up pace.
“We’re very excited,” Richardson said. “We’ve always loved the idea of not just being about retail but being about production and education. With French Truck Coffee coming in the building, which will also roast coffee and do tasting and education related to coffee, we’ll be able to do that also with beer and Crosstown Brewing Co.”