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ONLY ON 5: Tour the Tennessee Brewery building prior to $27.5 million renovation

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Over the next eight weeks, you will have the opportunity to, once again, go inside the old Tennessee Brewery building and drink a cold brew.

It will be your last chance to enjoy the pop-up beer garden before renovations turning the building into apartments get underway.

Click here to take a look inside the old Tennessee Brewery building right now.

The pop-up beer garden was formed last year when a group called Tennessee Brewery Untapped wanted to raise awareness for the building that was slated for demolition. When the beer garden events were over, locals went through withdrawal.

"We've got pingpong, music, food trucks rotating in and out, a couple of artists," said the man who decided to buy the Tennessee Brewery building, Billy Orgel. "I think it's a great way to showcase the city of Memphis."

Orgel, a cell tower developer, bought the building in October. His eight week pop-up beer garden will showcase local businesses.

"Being part of the great activities of Memphis in May and showcasing the city and what we have to offer," Orgel said about the brewery's revival.

The revival of the beer garden precedes a $27.5 million renovation.

"We're going to have an office space in here. Probably between 140-150 apartments included in a new building that's going to go to the north," Orgel explained. "This building has not been used since 1981."

Orgel took WMC Action News 5's Kontji Anthony on an unprecedented tour of the upstairs of the old building.

"We are doing a little demo work. There are 276 windows that have to be repaired in here," Orgel said.

The courtyard could be converted into a restaurant.

Graffiti can be seen on the walls upstairs. Each drawing brings with it -- stories.

The view from the top? Breathtaking.

"The best view in the city, I think," Orgel added. "Where you feel like you can reach out and touch it."

Tennessee Brewery: The Revival officially kicks off at 11 a.m. on Thursday at 495 Tennessee Street in Downtown Memphis.


Tennessee Brewery: The Revival
495 Tennessee Street
April 9 - May 31


Thursday, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m. - 9 p.m.

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