Every pitcher tells a story? Bad Tom Smith Brewing plots regional expansion

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Dan Monk
1:02 PM, Aug 23, 2016
8:50 PM, Aug 23, 2016

CINCINNATI - Bad Tom Smith Brewing is cooking up a regional expansion
plan that could yield a half dozen new locations and $10 million in
annual sales within three years, all of it built around the story of
an Eastern Kentucky killer hanged in front of thousands in 1895.

“We’re going to develop a concept,” said owner John Vojtush. “Then,
we’re going to take that concept to communities where it fits.”

Vojtush is a Cleveland-based software consultant and serial
entrepreneur who came to Cincinnati to work for Toyota Motor Corp.
Once here, he re-connected with a high school friend, Sean Smith,
founder of the seven-employee craft brewery Eastern Ave. in Linwood.

Smith is a fifth-generation descendant of a Breathitt County outlaw
who was executed for six murders 121 years ago. Smith incorporated Bad
Tom Brewing LLC in 2011. The company was on its last legs when
Vojtush, impressed by its branding potential, bought the brewery in
April 2015.

Its product lineup includes American Outlaw Session IPA and Coal
Hearted Killer Russian Imperial Stout. Its tagline, “Badass in a
Glass,” evokes the hard-drinking womanizer dubbed “the terror of
Eastern Kentucky” by the Louisville Courier Journal.

“You can identify your beers very quickly with this personality,”
Vojtush said. “It kind of gives you a little bit of an edge, something
that separated us from the other brands that are out there.”

WCPO Insiders will learn how the real estate market may be ripe for
Bad Tom's expansion plan.


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