Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Celebrity Chef & Local Brewmaster To Open Mantra Artisan Ales

By Matt Kelsey

The growing Middle Tennessee brewery scene welcomes Celebrity Chef Maneet Chauhan and award-winning Brewmaster Derrick Morse, who will open Mantra Artisan Ales, later this fall.

Chef Chauhan, of Chauhan Ale & Masala House is partnering with Brewmaster Morse, formerly of Cool Springs Brewery, to open a brewery and taproom that will feature high-quality craft beers with daring flavor profiles influenced by Chauhan’s Indian heritage, combined with Morse’s brewing expertise.

Located in Franklin, Tennessee at the former location of Turtle Anarchy Brewing Company, Mantra Artisan Ales will feature 24 taps, including six year-round staples, paired with many seasonal ales.

Mantra will feature six flagship beers, including the Saffron Cardamom IPA, Milk Chai Stout, Sour Belgian Style Pale, Sour Flanders Style Red, Belgian Style Wit/Saison Blend with Coriander and Bitter Orange Peel and a Belgian Style Amber.

Nashville will be the primary launch market for Mantra, followed by Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Memphis. Additional markets, such as Asheville, N.C., Bowling Green, Ky. and Cincinnati, Ohio will be explored in 2016.

Just as Turtle Anarchy was a family-run operation, Mantra will also be a labor of love, as Chauhan’s husband, Vivek Deora, is in charge of growth and business development, while Morse’s wife, Kaleigh, will manage the taproom. Chad Frost, who previously worked for Derrick Morse at Cool Springs Brewery, will be assisting with the brewing duties. "

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.”

For more information about Mantra Artisan Ales, visit their website here.

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