Proper Saké Co.

Byron Stithem’s love of all things fermented inspired him to open Proper Saké Co. brewery and tasting room in Nashville’s thriving Pie Town neighborhood in 2016.

Today, the company that Stithem and business partner, Bryson Aust, run is doing so well that a larger, adjacent facility is planned to open in May.

Kansas City-area native Stithem moved to New York City to work with a record label. When this initial opportunity proved short-lived, he started working in different neighborhood restaurants. At The Clover Club, he experienced the craft cocktail movement. New York City is where he learned about sake and experimented with fermentation in multiple foods and beverages, too.