Bad Idea Becomes First Onsite Brewery in Columbia

Bad Idea Brewing

After almost four years of serving beer at festivals across Tennessee, Bad Idea Brewing opened their brick and mortar brewery/taproom in September in the Columbia Arts Building in Columbia, Tennessee.

Since participating in the Beer Bacon and Bourbon Festival in 2016, Bad Idea has been a mainstay in many Williamson County beer events, including the Franklin Main Street Beer Fest (2016-2018), the Thompson’s Station Sip & Savor (2016-2018), and the Westhaven Beer Fest (2017).

Owners Zac Fox and Todd Rode eventually found a suitable home for Bad Idea in the vibrant Columbia Arts District after many years of seeking a location. Bad Idea Brewing is Columbia’s second brewery, but the first brewery in the history of Maury County to brew beer on location at their facility. Thanks to a small, 3 barrel (91-gallon) brewing system, visitors to Bad Idea can expect an ever-rotating array of beers.

Brewing smaller volumes of beer allows Bad Idea to be nimble, to try new and exciting styles, and to keep a commitment to quality by never using artificial flavors, extracts, or sub-par ingredients.

The brewery has gained a following brewing unorthodox beers, such as strawberry-banana flavored milkshake IPAs, breakfast cereal infused brown ales, and whiskey barrel inspired amber ales. Not all their offerings are off the wall – they also offer traditional takes on familiar styles like blonde ales, porters, and saisons. Visitors to a Bad Idea can enjoy a beer in the 1,400 sqft brewery space, take their beer into the outdoor beer garden, and can peruse the Columbia Arts Building’s many businesses.

Bad Idea Brewing is open Thursday 4p -9p, Friday 4p -10 p, Saturday 11 a-10 p, and Sunday 12p -7p. No food is available on site but customers can bring food from the CAB Cafe to the brewery or bring their own food.

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