5 things we've learned about MadTree's new Oakley location

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CINCINNATI -- This week, MadTree Brewing Company revealed expansion
plans, sharing details of a new $18 million brewery, taproom and event
center that will be located inside the former RockTenn factory at 3301
Madison Road in Oakley.

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fast-growing brewery that opened in 2013.

  CINCINNATI -- This week, MadTree Brewing Company revealed expansion
   plans, sharing details of a new $18 million brewery, taproom and
event
   center that will be located inside the former RockTenn factory at
3301
   Madison Road in Oakley.

   The move will not only expand the retail and dining space, it also
will
   nearly triple the company's beer-making and canning capabilities.
The
   plan is an ambitious one for brewers Kenny McNutt, Brady Duncan and
   Jeff Hunt, who opened MadTree's Kennedy Avenue facility in 2013.

   Here are five things we learned about what the brewery has dubbed
   "MadTree 2.0."

   Project Timeline


   MadTree was registered on Jan. 4 as owners of the factory built in
the
   1940s, according to the Hamilton County auditor's website. McNutt
said
   partial demolition of the property should begin in February. Only
the
   colored portions inside the yellow wedge of the photo above will
   remain. McNutt hopes remodeling will take only seven months.
MadTree
   2.0 could be open by the fall if there are no delays in
construction.

   What Remains


   One of the largest portions of the facility to remain fully intact
will
   be the former airplane hangar. The hangar will house MadTree's
   100-barrel brewhouse and an expanded quality laboratory. McNutt
plans
   to install a second-story catwalk so visitors can look down at the
   beer-making process. Large windows also will be installed on the
   Madison Road-facing side of the hanger.

   A Venue with a View


   As preliminary blueprints indicate, the new brewery will be a
welcome
   change along Madison Road in general. Street-facing factory windows
   long bricked up will be reopened once construction is complete.
   Neighbors at Oakley Station and Crossroads Church should have a
nice
   view of MadTree's beer garden on the other side, along with the
   brewhouse.

   Inside Out


   A portion of the beer garden will be outdoors. Exterior walls with
new
   windows will be the only structures left standing in the area
depicted
   at the top of the blueprint above. Visitors can enjoy a pint seated
   next to trees and shrubbery under open skies once the roof is
removed.

   Eat Up and Meet Up


   Catch-A-Fire Pizza will have a kitchen in MadTree's new digs. Folks
   will be able to eat in the beer garden, as well as in the covered
   dining areas and small event center in a separate portion of the
   facility.



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