Great Flood Brewing Company celebrated its second birthday on Saturday by announcing to its Flood Liars Club members it will open a 13,000-square-foot production brewery in Shelby Park. The new brewery will increase Great Flood’s capacity by ten-fold, according to a press release.
Co-owner Vince Cain made the announcement during a quarterly event for club members that had the brewery’s taproom full with fellow co-owners Matt Fuller and Zach Barnes. He said the new brewery will be a 15-barrel facility able to produce an estimated 4,000 barrels annually. The current two-barrel brewing system tops out at about 300 barrels per year.
The new facility also will feature a canning line and tasting room, and will eventually offer brewery tours. There will be space for private events as well. Cain declined to disclose the address of the facility, however, saying only that it is in the Shelby Park/Germantown area.
The current brewery and taproom will continue operating as usual. Cain wouldn’t say what he and his co-owners would be paying for the new facility, but said it will be funded through “traditional bank financing” and not from outside investors.
“We will 100 percent remain local brewer-owned,” Cain said.
Great Flood will primarily use the new brewery to distribute its beers locally so area bars and restaurants can carry the brewery’s beers on draft. According to the press release, “While the Highlands brewery focuses on experimentation, the Shelby Park/Germantown brewery will facilitate large-scale production and distribution.”
In addition, the canning line will produce 12-ounce cans of Great Flood beers for retail sale in area liquor stores, convenience stores and supermarkets. Cain also said arrangements are “in place” for statewide and regional distribution when brewing capacity allows for such.
No announcement was made in terms of what beers will be distributed or canned. When asked, Cain said, “We’re going to expand on existing successful Great Flood brands. Expect to see grown-up versions of beers you already know well.”
Cain, Fuller and Barnes had spent several months in late 2015 and early 2016 looking for a space to house the brewery before finally finding the Shelby Park neighborhood location.
“It’s been in the works for a while,” Cain said. “This location has been our target for some time.”
For the brewery’s two-year celebration, it had 16 house-made beers on tap, including some new brews such as Oaked Scotch and Dark Raspberry Sour, as well as favorites such as ’37 Coffee Porter
Great Flood opened two years ago to a welcome reception at its location at 2120 Bardstown Road, with the beer selling out before the end of the first weekend. It has remained a popular location. The popularity of the brewery surprised even the owners.
“There was, in our minds, less than a 1 percent chance it was going to be like that,” Cain said at the time. “We blew more kegs on Friday than we expected to blow the whole weekend.”