Urban Artifact — one of several Ohio breweries located in a former church — has nabbed $159,000 in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits to help renovate the church sanctuary.

The Ohio Development Services Agency announced the tax credits Wednesday (Dec. 13) for the Cincinnati brewery, along with support for the rehabilitation of 27 other historic buildings across the state. Overall, the state provided tax credits for $36 million worth of projects.

Urban Artifact is spending $1.1 million to renovate the sanctuary to host weddings, music performances and other community events. The brewery, which focuses exclusively on sour beers, opened in April 2015 in the former St. Patrick's Catholic Church in the city's Northside neighborhood. The stone church was built in 1873.

"We are very excited to continue rehabbing the church space and revitalizing such an icon building for our neighborhood," said Scotty Hunter, chief of strategic development for Urban Artifact.

The brewing system is located in the former school gymnasium, while the taproom is in the basement of the church.

 

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