Neighbors Oppose Nashville Brewery’s Expansion Plans

The Brown County Plan Commission appears to have sided with neighbors, recommending the brewery's re-zoning petition be denied.

Big Woods Beer

Photo: Bill Shaw

A bartender pours a beer at the Big Woods Brewery in Nashville.

A Nashville brewery has come up against resistance from town residents in its attempt to expand. Big Woods Brewing Company, which already has a restaurant in downtown Nashville, is hoping to build a new facility in a neighborhood adjacent to Brown County State Park.  Resident Jeff Weihrauch says he is concerned about the negative effects a business could have.

“One of our concerns is now that it’s zoned general business they can sell to move to a location where they can expand and now we have absolutely no say in what they can put in there,” he says.

In order for Big Woods to build, they need the county to change the property’s residential zoning. Nearly 100 residents have signed a petition against the re-designation including members of a church across the street from the property.  Many of them are worried about traffic congestion, noise and the brewery’s smells.

Big Woods partner Jeff McCabe says the company’s plan calls for remodeling existing structures on the property in order to produce and distribute their craft beer statewide.  He says Big Woods will also build a tasting room and a bike and kayak rental shop.  McCabe says the proposed expansion won’t have a large impact on the surrounding area.

“You know I understand the neighbor’s concerns I wouldn’t want to have too much traffic, too much light or too much noise but I think what we have in mind really accommodates that,” McCabe says.  “A tasting room, a production facility really could fit in.  We don’t want to do something drastic with the property.”

McCabe says the expansion will help increase tourism in Nashville by offering park goers more options.

The Brown County Plan Commission voted not to issue any kind of recommendation — yea or nay — on the company’s petition.  The Brown County Commissioners will vote on the issue July 3.

Kyle Clayton

Kyle Clayton is a WFIU news producer. He is currently studying journalism at Indiana University and comes to WFIU following an internship in the fall of 2011. After serving in the U.S. Army, he returned home to Indiana in 2008 to begin his education and pursue his interests in writing.

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