The Koehler Brewery opened in East Nashville in the fall of 2005 with a stove top partial-boil Pale Ale extract kit and some encouragement from friends. It boiled over. It fermented hot. It was a stunning success. Friends of the brewery primarily noted that the beer was free and demanded more. The brewery continues the tradition of free beer today. The brewing has only mildly improved.
The Koehler Brewery
Grain Mill: Motorized MM2-2.0 Monster Mill, with 2 6″ long, 2″ diameter rollers
Hot Liquor Tank: 15 gallon stainless steel More Beer kettle with 1/2″ stainless steel ball valve
Mash System: Modified 72 quart Coleman Extreme cooler with Bazooka screen -or- a 15 gallon Blichmann BoilMaker kettle with false bottom
Brew Kettle: 20 gallon Blichmann BoilMaker kettle
Cooling System: Blichmann Therminator with an immersion pre-chiller made from 50′ of 1/2″ copper tubing with brass garden hose fittings
Fermentation: 6 gallon glass carboys; Fermentation chamber with digital temperature control
Serving: 8 Cornelius Kegs; Kegerator with digital temperature control
I’m just a local Nashville home brewer. I know there used to be a Koehler ‘s beer brewed by the old Erie Brewing Company in Erie, Pennsylvania. It went out of business in 1978, just before I was born. I have no connection to the old Erie Brewing Company, though I am originally from Western Pennsylvania. So I don’t have any special information about the old brewery or their Koehler beer. I have a few pieces of memorabilia I got from my grandfather who kept them because of the shared name, but that’s about it.