An original rendering of Noble Funk Brewing, when it was still planned for South Third Street | Rendering by Bravura

When Noble Funk Brewing ultimately opens in the old Kroger building on South Second Street, it won’t just be a brewery. The owners envision it as a project to help give the Old Louisville neighborhood something it has been missing.

“Our goal with that development is to provide service that is lacking in that area at the moment,” the brewery’s co-owner, Dominique Shrader, told Insider Louisville.

She said the plan to acquire the Kroger building from Spalding University came about after learning the first space they planned to put the brewery, an empty building at 940 S. Third St., had foundational issues. Spalding had purchased the building in 2017.

Shrader, who is with Domino Partners LLC, said the real estate company traded Spalding other properties it already owned in the neighborhood to help complete the deal.

Noble Funk Brewery plans to convert the former Kroger in Old Louisville to a brewery and restaurant that will add a needed presence. | Google photo

She said the plan is to use about half the roughly 27,000-square-foot building for a 5,000-square-foot brewhouse and taproom, while the other half will be converted to an undecided food concept, with the possibility for adding more later.

In addition, the lot will be developed for outdoor seating and space for things such as farmers markets and other pop-up events, she said.

As for the beer, Shrader’s husband, Johnathan, will be head brewer. He has been brewing professionally for the past five years, she said, and was trained at the Siebel Institute in Chicago.

Shrader said the beer program will be a marriage of traditional and contemporary styles. As the name suggests, Johnathan will explore funky and sour beers, but traditional styles like lagers and ales also will be on tap.

No opening date has been announced, as the building still requires major renovations. Plans and new renderings will be released as they develop, Shrader said.

“We love the neighborhood,” she said. “We’ve had a presence in that area for about three decades now. We’re really invested in that neighborhood and we want to be part of bringing more things to the area.”

Apocalypse to host Pops, Hops & Pups on May 18

Savory snacks and beer were made for each other, and Saturday, May 18, at Apocalypse Brew Works, you can find a few matches popped in heaven.

The brewery will team up with the locally based Froggy’s Popcorn for a beer and popcorn tasting, pairing a variety of popcorn flavors like Mexican street corn, beer cheese and more, some created especially for the tasting by Froggy’s owner Melanie Fischer.

The Kentucky Humane Society also will have adoptable pups at the dog-friendly event, with a portion of proceeds going to the humane society. Cost for the tasting, which is 4-8 p.m., is $20 per person.

Kevin Gibson

Kevin Gibson

Kevin Gibson tackles the 3Rs — retail, restaurants, real estate — plus, economic development. He loves bacon, loathes cucumbers and once interviewed Yoko Ono. Check out his books, “Louisville Beer: Derby City History on Draft” and “100 Things to do in Louisville Before You Die.” He has won numerous awards for his work but doesn’t know where most of them are now. In his spare time, he plays in a band called the Uncommon Houseflies.Email Kevin at [email protected]