How Nashville Brewing Company got restarted after 125 years

Scott Mertie Beer Collector
Reviewing some potential trades at a “can-vention" (circa 1980).

1970's-1980's

Scott Mertie’s fascination with beer started in the 1970s when he started collecting beer cans at the age of 6 years old. Through the encouragement of his parents, his collection amounted to over 3,000 cans by the time he was in high school. Scott’s beer can interested expanded into other types of breweriana (brewery advertising) and he began visiting old brewery sights close to his home in Northeast Ohio.

Akron Brewing Company
Exploring the vacant building which was once the Akron Brewing Company (1903-1919).
Scott Mertie
Fermenting first batch of home brew at 18 years old.

1980's-1990's

Scott discovered home brewing in the late 1980s as a freshman at The Ohio State University. Craft breweries were essentially nonexistent, but he started to replicate the imported Belgium, English, and German styles that he picked up at various beer stores (not your typical college brews). At this time, craft breweries started popping up around the country. Scott made it a point to visit as many as he could. Some of these first ones included Great Lakes (Cleveland), Hoster (Columbus), and Oldenburg (northern KY near Cincinnati).

Schmidt’s Sausage Haus
Learning about imported beers in college at Schmidt’s Sausage Haus.
Market Street Beer
Vsiting Tennessee's first micro-brewery, Bohannon Brewing Company (1988-2004), brewers of Market Street Beer (circa 1992).

1990's-2000's

After graduating with an accounting degree in 1992, Scott moved to Nashville to work in Nashville’s growing healthcare community. Scott’s beer hobbies continued as his professional career blossomed. By his mid-30’s, Scott was a successful home brewer, winning medals in various brewing competitions. While traveling for business, Scott has been able to visit thousands of breweries throughout the United States and in five continents.

Boscos and Yazoo Breweries
Getting advice from Brewmasters Fred Scheer (left) of Boscos and Linus Hall (right) of Yazoo (circa 2003).
Nashville Craft Beer Collector
Wrote book Nashville Brewing, Arcadia Publishing (2006).

2000's-2010's

In 2006, Scott wrote his first book on the subject, Nashville Brewing (Arcadia Publishing). This book focused on Nashville’s brewing industry from the Civil War through modern day. Buy the book.

In 2010 Scott and his wife, Candy, spearheaded the Nashville Historical Commission to erect a marker where Nashville’s first production brewery operated from 1859 through 1954.

Nashville Beer Historical Marker
The Nashville Brewery historical marker donated by the Mertie family.
Blackstone Brewing Company
With Kent Taylor, co-founder of Blackstone Brewing Company (1994-present).

2010's-2017

While doing research for Nashville Brewing, Scott became fascinated with the city’s first real production brewery, the Nashville Brewing Company, which operated from 1859 -1890 (see more on Nashville Brewing Company's history). It was Scott’s dream to bring this brand back to Nashville and share the genuine lager beers that would have been brewed in the later part of the 19th Century.

After much research, Scott teamed up with Blackstone Brewing Company to brew these historic brands. The Nashville Brewing Company released its first beer, Nashville Lager, in December 2016.

Nashville Craft Beer Lager
Admiring the first batch of beer by the Nashville Brewing Company (2016).
Tennessee Crossroads Beer Collection
Behind the scenes at the Tennessee Crossroads shoot.

In 2010, Scott Mertie was interviewed by Tennessee Crossroads for a segment on his beer memorabilia collection.

3,000 beer cans in his garage!  That's quite a collection!

Watch the Tennessee Crossroads video below.