CHEF MANEET CHAUHAN PARTNERS WITH BREWMASTER DERRICK MORSE TO LAUNCH MANTRA ARTISAN ALES IN NASHVILLE
New Brewery and Taproom to Open Fall 2015 in Middle Tennessee
(Nashville, Tenn.) July 30, 2015 – Celebrity Chef Maneet Chauhan of Chauhan Ale & Masala House is partnering with award-winning Brewmaster Derrick Morse, formerly of Cool Springs Brewery, to open Mantra Artisan Ales in Nashville, Tenn. this fall. With a brewery and taproom, Mantra Artisan Ales will feature high-quality craft beers with daring flavor profiles influenced by Chauhan’s Indian heritage combined with Morse’s brewing expertise.
“This project is a dream child of my husband Vivek and mine. Both of us have been working for years on infusing spices and bold flavors into beer,” says Chauhan. “Our dream is finally coming to a delicious fruition and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with a scientific wizard like Derrick and our amazing team. The world needs to watch out for some extremely creative and intriguing beer!”
“Since entering into the beer business many years ago, I’ve wanted to own my own brewery,” says Morse. “To work with the most talented people I know is a true blessing and will ensure the success of Mantra.”
Mantra Artisan Ales will be located in Franklin, Tenn. in the former location of Turtle Anarchy Brewing Company. Mantra will open its doors to the public with a taproom boasting 24 taps to offer consumers. The brewery will produce six flavors to be year-round staples supplemented by a large variety of seasonal ales.
The six core offerings from Mantra Artisan Ales are the Saffron Cardamom IPA and Milk Chai Stout currently served at Chauhan Ale & Masala House, as well as a Sour Belgian Style Pale, a Sour Flanders Style Red, a Belgian Style Wit/Saison Blend with Coriander and Bitter Orange Peel, and a Belgian Style Amber.
The partnership between Chauhan and Morse came naturally, since the two have been collaborating to create the specialty, spiced beers exclusively on the Chauhan Ale & Masala House menu. With Chauhan’s work as a celebrated chef and Morse’s reputation in Tennessee as being the “mad scientist” brewer, the focus of Mantra is on the creation of unique flavor characteristics that are food-friendly with the nuances and subtleties becoming conversation topics, much like a fine wine. The Mantra Artisan Ales “mantra” is: craft is the combination of art and science…the science has been learned, the art, on the other hand, comes from inside each of us.
Mantra Artisan Ales is truly a family operation and labor of love with Chauhan’s husband, Vivek Deora, at the helm for growth and business development, and Morse’s wife Kaleigh heading up the taproom. The strategic partnership also includes Chad Frost, formerly of Cool Spring Brewery, who has trained with and will be working along side Brewmaster Morse.
At retail, Mantra will initially sell three beer styles in 12-ounce bottle six packs – the Saffron Cardamom IPA, Sour Belgian Style Pale and the Sour Flanders Style Red. Bars and restaurants will be offered any of the six core flavors to put on tap as well as an opportunity to work with Mantra to create specialty, seasonal flavors. Distribution plans are being put into place for launches across Tennessee in 2015. Nashville will be the primary launch market followed by Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Memphis. Additional markets in the Southeast, such as Asheville, N.C., Bowling Green, Ky., and Cincinnati, Ohio will be explored in 2016.
About Mantra Artisan Ales
Mantra Artisan Ales, a brewery and taproom located in Franklin, Tenn. is the creation of Celebrity Chef Maneet Chauhan and award-winning Brewmaster Derrick Morse. The brewery produces high-quality craft beers with daring flavor profiles influenced by Chauhan’s Indian heritage combined with Morse’s brewing expertise. The focus of Mantra Artisan Ales is on the creation of unique flavor characteristics that are food-friendly and inspire conversation amongst friends. For additional information please visit the website and follow Mantra Artisan Ales on Facebook and Twitter.