MadCap Brew Co. is ready to put on its big boy brewing pants.
The nanobrewery, which opened in 2013 in Stow, is undergoing a big expansion and relocation.
MadCap is transitioning to a 10-barrel brew-house — it’s using a three-barrel system now — and moving to Kent.
The brewery, best known for Bullet IPA and Bad LeRoy Brown, also is opening a tasting room for the first time.
MadCap co-founder Ryan Holmes said he’s excited about the growth, which will allow the brewery to have more interaction with its fans at the taproom, produce more styles and distribute more in the Akron-Cleveland-Canton area.
He’s also happy to be in Kent.
“The water is phenomenal for brewing in Kent,” he said last week during a tour of the new building.
The brewery will occupy the former Consolidated Mold & Manufacturing Inc. building on Mogadore Road. Bent Tree Coffee Roasters also will have a shop in the 17,000-square-foot structure.
MadCap will continue to focus on draft beer, with perhaps some small-scale bottling. The ultimate goal is to can, Holmes said. He hopes to be open in a few months.
Holmes hasn’t finalized the specific hours or days when the tasting room will be open, but he’s thinking five or six days a week. He also is interested in becoming part of the community, including Kent State University.
This is the second expansion for MadCap, which started out on a tiny system in a tiny garage in Stow. It then graduated to its current three-barrel system.
The brewery has flown under the beer radar in the Akron area. It appears sometimes at local festivals but its system is so small that it has had limited distribution.
If you’re looking for a taste, Ray’s Place in Kent and Fairlawn always have MadCap on tap.