Clarksville Church Considers Beer Production Facility

Posted at 5:35 PM, Sep 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-20 19:22:35-04

It's not very often you hear about beer in connection with a church, but that's what one Clarksville church is working towards.

Nothing says refreshing like an ice cold beer. At least that's what members of Christ Lutheran Church believe.

"We see nothing wrong with beer. It's liquid bread," said Hunter Crouse, Council President at Christ Lutheran Church.

In fact, the Clarksville church is in talks with Tennessee Valley Brewing Company in hopes of starting a beer production facility, but there's only one problem according to Hunter Crouse.

"It is not legal to sell beer within 800 feet of a church," said Crouse.

Christ Lutheran Church is still in the early planning stages, so it's currently just a conversation. For now, the church is going to start with its first annual Oktoberfest starting Friday.

"They approached me and said, 'Hey, can we get a beer for this festivity?'" said Eric Brannstrom, Tennessee Valley Brewing Company.

It's pretty hard to tell your pastor no.

Brannstrom is a member of the church, but he's also the co-owner of Tennessee Valley Brewing Company, the brewery the church is hoping to work with in the future.

The church will be serving an Oktoberfest lager Friday and Saturday. Brannstrom said it took about a month to produce.

Christ Lutheran Church is hoping you try its specially brewed beer this weekend.

"It's a lot of fun and a great fellowship opportunity," said Crouse.

Because it is illegal to sell beer within 800 feet of the church, the church said the beer will be free of charge.

Festivities kick off Friday at 4 p.m. at 2425 Kirkwood Road in Clarksville.