Naked River brewery seeks investors to expand beer production in Chattanooga

Brewery uses new funding platform to raise money to buy more equipment, fund more growth

The Naked River Brewing Co. opened in a 124-year-old warehouse and factory converted into a restaurant on Reggie White Boulevard near Finley Stadium. / Photo by Dave Flessner

When Jake Raulston opened the Naked River brewery near Finley Stadium in late 2018, the veteran home brewer hoped to use his beer-making skills and Chattanooga's growing brewery scene to find success in the highly competitive downtown restaurant and bar market.

Raulston converted a 124-year-old leased warehouse at 1791 Reggie White Boulevard on the Southside of downtown Chattanooga into a successful 150-seat restaurant and bar, along with a brewery and canning operation to sell a variety of IPAs, ales, stouts and cider brands to area stores and bars.

"It's been nearly double what we expected," Raulston said of his beer sales during the first 14 months of operation for Naked River. "It's been a tremendous amount of work and I'm not always sure I would want to do it all over again, but it's been gratifying to see the reception we've enjoyed in Chattanooga."