Taft's Ale House planning second location

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Sep 27, 2016, 10:59am EDT Updated Sep 27, 2016, 3:45pm EDT

Over-the-Rhine craft brewery Taft's Ale House is opening a second
location in Spring Grove Village to accommodate soaring demand for its
suds.

An affiliate of Taft’s Ale House purchased 4821 Spring Grove Ave. in
July for $1.745 million. The building, once a Procter & Gamble Co.
lab/testing facility, is more than 49,000 square feet. It includes
5,600 square feet of office space and nearly 44,000 square feet of
warehouse space.

The facility also has nine dock doors, two drive-in doors and 20-foot
clear height ceilings. It was built in 1968.

The total project cost, for what will be named Taft's Brewing Co., is
about $6 million. The main purpose of the facility will be to produce,
can and keg beer to be sold to the market, both in Ohio and beyond.The
owners plan to open no later May 1.

In a video posted to YouTube that was since taken down, a 3-D
rendering of the space shows an outdoor beer garden with table and
bench seating on a raised patio. The patio extends off of a taproom
named the Brewporium, which will house special beers not available at
Taft's Ale House.

Skylar Stein with Cushman & Wakefield represented Taft's Ale House in
the transaction. Rod and Roddy MacEachen with SqFt Commercial
represented the seller.

"They were handcuffed as far as production was concerned in
Over-the-Rhine," Stein said. "With P&G as the prior tenant, it was
almost in move-in condition. That was one of the major things driving
the operation in acquiring this building. Production has increased so
much, they couldn't handle it in the OTR building."

The Courier covered Taft's progress during its one-year anniversary in
OTR back in March. At that point, partner and head brewer Kevin
Moreland said the brewery was already bursting at the seams.

"We've definitely been exceeding the capacity of our current place,
and we need to grow," Moreland said. "I have projections based on real
numbers – breweries I've visited – and we're definitely exceeding
them."

Taft's Ale House opened its doors at 1429 Race St. on Opening Day
2015.

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