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February 21, 2014

MORE ON TAP: Flat 12 Bierwerks to run brewery alongside taproom

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JEFFERSONVILLE — WHAT ELSE IS BREWING?

The taproom and brewery will join New Albanian Brewing Co. in New Albany and soon, Red Yeti Brewing Co. in Jeffersonville.

Red Yeti owner Brandi Ronau said that she does not view Flat 12 — located just blocks away — as competition but rather welcomes its arrival.

“The more businesses that come down here, the more people that come down here, the better it is for everyone,” Ronau said.

Though Red Yeti was originally slated to open in October, Ronau said the taproom side will definitely be open by Thunder over Louisville on April 13. Because they are still waiting on brewing equipment to be delivered, Red Yeti will only be serving other craft beers for the first few months of operation.

Indiana has been up-and-coming on the craft beer scene. In the past two years, Indiana has increased its number of breweries from 39 to 82.

Lee Smith, executive director of the Brewers of Indiana Guild, said brewery representation in Southern Indiana has traditionally been sparse, but is obviously picking up.

“I think there’s certainly going to be a market,” Smith said. “The greater Louisville and Southern Indiana area is very interested in craft beer already, so it sounds like a smart move [by Flat 12] to me.”

Smith said the brewery opening will undoubtedly be good for the local economy.

“In general, certainly it adds jobs in the neighborhood,” she said. “[These brewers] are always looking for local ingredients whenever they can, so it sort of spills over in agriculture and local businesses that are providing wholesale ingredients. Most of those dollars stay in Indiana if they’re buying Indiana beer.”

Even those who aren’t avid beer drinkers can enjoy what a taproom has to offer.

“There’s a beer for everyone,” Smith said. “There’s something for every taste and often times what you start out not particularly liking, you develop a taste for.”

Smith said having the opportunity to talk to one of the brewers while trying different beers is comparable to going to a bakery and getting recommendations from a baker.

“Most of the people who go [to breweries] really aren’t [die-hard] fans,” she said. “They’re drawn to a tradition that’s as old as colonial America. It really is about community.”

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