After 4 years of business, Nolensville-based Mill Creek Brewing shuts its doors

Mill Creek Brewing Company announced its closing on Nov. 11, 2019. Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper

Mill Creek Brewing Company announced its closing on Nov. 11, 2019. Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper

Mill Creek Brewing Company announced in a press release Nov. 11 it has closed its brewery and Nashville-area taprooms citing financial constraints. The company, which announced its closing to staff Nov. 8 and closed its doors over the following weekend, plans to file for bankruptcy protection later this week.

“Our board of directors and I worked tirelessly over the past several months to find a solution to keep things moving forward," CEO Chris Going said in the release. "Unfortunately, many options that could have saved things didn’t pan out. As time has ticked down, it hasn’t left many options available and we’re forced to make this difficult decision to shut things down."

The company saw tremendous growth since it opened 4 years ago, with Mill Creek taking its beer statewide in 2016 and expanding into Alabama, Kentucky and Indiana in 2017 and 2018, according to the company. Due to supply issues that became more apparent in 2018, Miller Creek decided to pull back and focus on growing their Nashville-area presence by opening taprooms in Franklin and the 12 South Neighborhood to make up for their Nolensville location's limited ability to generate revenue. The brewery could only operate 19 hours a week due to city code limitations.

“We made the move into taproom expansion mainly because our hometown, Nolensville, has been less than friendly toward our taproom in years past," Going said. "Taprooms are a tremendous revenue driver for small breweries and we sadly have been forced to think outside the box on that front to try and grow our business to a truly profitable level.”

Going said for Mill Creek Brewing Company, a mixture of market trends, competition, unprofitable expansions and regulatory restrictions were too much for the business, and he made the decision to close, though he said there is a slight chance of the company reviving if certain assets are purchased during the company's liquidation process.

“I don’t want to get anyone’s hopes up, but I believe with every ending, there’s a beginning somewhere and I truly feel there could be a new beginning hiding underneath the sad story being reported today," Going said. "There’s been some contact from outside parties the past few days and I anticipate they’ll be a lot more ahead."


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