Apocalypse Brew Works is planning a new taproom addition and brewery expansion. | Photo by Rick Evans

Apocalypse Brew Works will expand its taproom into space that previously has been used as offices, according to co-owner Bill Krauth. The expansion is set to begin soon, although Krauth said he doesn’t have a target date for the new taproom to open.

Currently, the brewery, which opened in 2012, operates from arguably the smallest taproom in Louisville at about 400 square feet, with just three tables and six or seven bar seats; the small space has been dubbed “The Fallout Shelter.” A large outdoor patio space, however, accommodates larger groups, live music and small festivals during warm-weather months.

The new taproom, which will overlook Mellwood Avenue, will be close to 2,000 square feet, possibly with two to three bay doors, two restrooms (currently there is just one), ample seating space and an L-shaped bar. Like the existing taproom, the new space will pour house-brewed beer from 20 taps.

The plan includes space for two four-top tables, three six-top tables and a handicapped-accessible table. The bar will be approximately 13 feet on one side and 10 feet across the front, with seating for roughly a dozen people, including a special section designed to cater to patrons using wheelchairs. Customers will have a view of Mellwood Avenue, with a likely entrance facing the outdoor patio area.

The new space was designed by E4 Plan Design Inc. of Lexington. It was made available as part of a closure of H.W. Krauth & Son Plumbing, which Krauth owned. The long-term plan is to turn the current taproom area into expanded brewery space. Krauth said three new tanks have been ordered to facilitate that expansion.

Krauth said he hopes the remodel will happen “within a year.”

Apocalypse Brew Works, which is co-owned by head brewer Leah Dienes, is well-known for its Yappy Hour and other dog charity events, as well as the annual May release of Watermelon Crack, a popular summer beer for customers.

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