Monnik Beer Co. and Akasha Brewing Co. both opened in late 2015, while Goodwood Brewing rose from the ashes of the Bluegrass Brewing Co. production brewery. In addition, 3rd Turn Brewing made its debut in Jeffersontown early this year.
But Louisville isn’t finished. Two breweries and a cidery are in various stages of completion in the area: Mile Wide Beer Co., Old Louisville Brewery, and CIDEways, which will eventually become a cider brewery in New Albany.
Here are the latest updates on these three up-and-comers:
Mile Wide Beer Co.
Mile Wide, so far, has been fairly secretive about what it is planning, offering glimpses on social media. But co-founder/co-owner Scott Schreffler, a beer industry veteran best recognized for his days repping St. Louis-based Schlafly Beer, did tell Insider Louisville this week the brewery plans to open in late summer or early fall.
While he wasn’t ready to reveal what style or styles of beer Mile Wide will focus on, he does promise a “wide variety.”
“A good deal of the time,” he says, “we will be brewing to our own whim.”
Right now, Mile Wide is running test batches through a 25-gallon system, which ultimately will be replaced by a 15-barrel brewhouse. But the small system will remain “for R&D and one-off beers.”
Little other information has been released, and Schreffler says he isn’t ready to talk about the project at length yet. Social media accounts launched in March with occasional teasers, from photos of brewers milling grains by hand to a shot of the temporary brewing system.
Mile Wide will be located between Downtown and the Highlands at 636 Barret Ave., in a space behind Diamond Pub Billiards — the Diamond space, coincidentally, is the space that originally housed Silo Microbrewery, Louisville’s first microbrewery following the 1978 demise of Falls City. Silo opened in 1992.
Old Louisville Brewery
Old Louisville Brewery has been a slow burn, as brothers Wade and Ken Mattingly have been completely renovating a spot at 625 W. Magnolia Ave. that once was a neighborhood grocery store, as we reported last May.
The five-barrel brewing system arrived on April 7, and the business recently received its certificate of occupancy and has passed health inspections. So, what primarily remains is getting the brewhouse set up and working with the state ABC to get proper alcohol licensing. Wade Mattingly says he expects to know by early May about when inspections and final approval should be complete, but he estimates it will be roughly a 45-day process. Best case, he says, would be to shoot for late June.
“Fingers crossed they are going to be able to come through a little earlier for us,” Mattingly says, “but history has told me don’t count on things going smoothly.”
A few other finishing touches remain, but soon Old Louisville will be able to look toward making the first batches of beer. Mattingly says the tentative plan is to open with four beers on the 12-tap system, while working up to having all 12 taps filled with house beers. Guest taps won’t be permitted due to zoning restrictions, but patrons should expect a Rye IPA, a pale ale and possibly a blonde and a stout or porter.
A project founded by the owner-founder of Big Four Burgers + Beer, CIDEways Cidery is a long-term project of sorts in that it will open in late summer as a restaurant and bar. A cider brewery will follow, according to owner Matt McMahan, in four to six months following the initial opening.
We first checked in on CIDEways last November before it even had a name, and it has since progressed to a point where an opening is not far in the distance, after a full renovation of the space, located at the corner of Pearl and Elm in New Albany.
According to more recent media reports, CIDEways initially will offer a wide variety of beers and wines as well as specialty hard cider; there will be 18 taps and a bottled beer selection of around 60. The venture is reportedly being funded in part thanks to a $50,000 loan from the Horseshoe Association of Southern Indiana. Plans are for it to be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to midnight.