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Brewery makes plans to move to lakefront

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The planned future location of Buggs Island Brewery. / June 20, 2018
Clarksville’s hometown craft brewery is moving to a lakeside location, with a planned opening in summer 2019.

The announcement was made by Buggs Island Brewery owners Rich Castle and Michael Elliott via social media.

“We are thrilled to share exciting news with you, our customers & friends,” the owners wrote. “Buggs Island Brewing, LLC is officially headed to Buggs Island Lake! Our future location will be 101 Second Street next to the Magnuson Hotel. We hope to be at the lake by Summer 2019. We cannot wait to share the progress along the way with all of you. We would like to thank Southern Pine Properties, LLC for this awesome opportunity.”

According to Castle, Buggs Island Brewery LLC has outgrown its current location at 110 College Street, Clarksville and found a “great opportunity to have a lake front property.”

Their plan is to build a new brewery at the Second Street site on a point overlooking the lake and the U.S. 58 business bridge in downtown Clarksville. Access to the property will be from the Magnuson parking lot.

The owners will tear down the existing home on the property and build a new structure with two to three times the seating capacity of their current location. There will also be room enough to increase their brewing production and a dock in front of the property for boaters to motor up to the brewery.

Castle said they are also exploring food options, whether to continue bringing food trucks to the site or build an on-site kitchen that will provide food service during their operating hours.

Until construction is completed, however, the brewery will continue operating from their site at 110 College Street.

They invite friends and patrons to follow their progress on Facebook at or Instagram #BuggsIslandBrewing.

Since 1885, the site of the new brewery has been owned by a member of the Ligon family. Following the sale of the property, Betty Ligon wrote to Castle and Elliott, “I think you guys ought to brew up a Ligon Lager or an Uncle Bose’s Prohibition Pale Ale!”

The response, “Great suggestions! Thank you and Archer!” the former owners of the property.

When completed, Buggs Island Brewing will be Clarksville’s first and only entertainment venue directly on the lake.

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