Four Cincinnati attorneys and homebrewers are intent on launching a different kind of brewery in the Queen City. They want to open a brewing educational center — their take on a community recreation center.
The BrewKraft Collective will be a neighborhood-focused place where craft beer fans can gather not only to drink BrewKraft beer, but also network and learn about everything from different styles to pairing beer with food to how to brew in classes.
Partners Eric Palmer, Nick DiNardo, Steve Sharpe and Kieran Hurley, who are all public interest attorneys and are in their 30s and 40s, hope to open the brewery next year.
"We’re all pretty passionate about craft beer," Palmer said. The group has been homebrewing together for about five years and hopes BrewKraft fills an educational void in the Cincinnati beer community.
The effort is still in its infancy.
The partners won the 2013 Xavier Launch-a-Business (X-LAB) Competition through Xavier University and now is receiving entrepreneurial help through the college. Their effort also has been featured in the Cincinnati Business Courier.
The goal is to open a seven- or 10-barrel brewhouse and taproom. They also plan to distribute draft beer throughout the community. And down the road, they’d like to bottle.
BrewKraft doesn’t have a home yet. The partners are looking for a location with the help of the Hamilton County Land Bank, which attempts to revive abandoned, vacant properties. The Over-the-Rhine, Northside and Madisonville neighborhoods are all possibilities.
They also are seeking investors to raise $50,000 to $100,000.
As for the beer, Palmer said people can expect a variety of styles — not surprising given there are four different partners with different tastes. Palmer favors English ales and brown ales.
"We do want to do black IPA and an IPA as two of our standards," he said. BrewKraft also will likely offer a brown ale, stout, porter and English bitter.
They anticipate having four to six year-round brews and also seasonal offerings.
Another focus will be on using all local ingredients, Palmer said. That’s not easy considering the limited availability of local grains and hops. For example, Palmer noted, they are trying to develop an Ohio Common, a take on the California common style, using all Ohio ingredients.
For more details or if you're interested in investing, contact Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org. The brewery web page is expected to go live this week.