The Mill Welcomes Hamilton’s First Craft Brewery in 80 Years

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It is now nearing a century since the last breweries of Hamilton, Ohio shut their doors, and it is within this remarkable legacy that The Hamilton Mill is extremely proud to reintroduce the first craft brewery to the city in 80 years with Municipal Brew Works.

We’re excited to reignite craft brewing in Hamilton – and we appreciate the tremendous opportunity to introduce Municipal Brew Works to Hamilton and the region.

The city of Hamilton was once the home to a thriving brewing industry like the (then famous) Cincinnati Brewing Company, Water Street Brewing, and the Eagle Brewery. Each of these brewing companies, along with many others, continued to prosper and expand until prohibition closed legitimate markets for alcoholic beverages.

It is now nearing a century since the last breweries of Hamilton shut their doors, and it is within this remarkable legacy that The Hamilton Mill is extremely proud to reintroduce the first craft brewery to the city in 80 years with Municipal Brew Works.

Jim Goodman of Municipal Brew Works says, “We’re excited to reignite craft brewing in Hamilton – and we appreciate the tremendous opportunity to introduce Municipal Brew Works to Hamilton and the region.”

“Craft brewing is the epitome of the maker culture and this project aligns with The Mill’s principal mission of being inspired by our past to create the future – this “quality of life” business additionally illustrates the increasing attractiveness of Hamilton’s Downtown.” said, Chris Lawson, Executive Director of the Hamilton Mill.

Municipal Brew Works was formed by six founding partners, three of which live in Hamilton; between them they constitute nearly 50 years of collective brewing experience.

Located at 20 High Street in the former municipal building, Municipal Brew Works will occupy the space, which formerly housed the City’s fire department. Once the brewery’s build-out is complete, it will immediately employ 12 people, with estimated production yields around 2500 barrels a year. The space will also include a tasting taproom. The new brewery expects remodeling of space to be finished in spring 2015.

Additionally, this announcement kicks off a partnership between The Hamilton Mill and Municipal Brew Works that will nurture the community’s emerging brewing culture. These initiatives include hosting a Hamilton area homebrewers club, brewing classes, tastings, and limited run brew productions for smaller startup brewers and homebrewers. Planning is also underway to include a guest brewer program made up from representatives of local charitable organizations to design, create and name a specialty beer that will provide a portion of proceeds to that particular charity.

Deputy City Manager, Tim Werdmann added, “I don’t think I can overstate the importance of this significant investment by Municipal Brew Works. They clearly illustrate the renewed vitality of our urban core, along with the powerful partnerships and attractiveness of our award winning utilities, including water, electric, and gas.”

The Municipal Brew Works startup is in the process of securing nearly half a million dollars of initial investment, but co-owner, Jim Goodman stated, “we’re still open to potential investors that share our passion and love of the craft and see the great opportunities downtown Hamilton has to offer.”

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