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Business After Hours at Hops Springs

Story and photography by Eric Lusk

The long awaited opening of Steel Barrel Brewery at Hop Springs culminated with the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce’s mid-December Business After Hours. This lively celebration located off John Bragg Highway was one of the year’s best after-hours events, with delicious food provided by Puckett’s of Murfreesboro, Double Tree cookies for dessert, and, of course, open taps from Hop Springs.

Steel Barrel Brewery, Middle Tennessee’s newest brewery, is the brainchild of Mark Jones, Derrick Morse and a team of partners and experienced beer industry veterans. Brewing hard working beer for the hard-working individual, the company’s first line of approachable brews was introduced in 2017 and included four mainstays: Americana, an American Pale Ale, Frost, an American-Style Kolsch, Johnny Red, an American-Style Scottish Ale, and Pioneer, an American-Style British Mild.

The Chamber’s Business After Hours are informal, social networking events designed to connect business professionals from across Rutherford County. For more information, please visit

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