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February 21, 2014

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

JEFFERSONVILLE — Just weeks after Flat 12 Bierwerks announced it would open a taproom in Jeffersonville, the company decided to expand operations to include a fully functioning brewery on site.

Sean O’Connor, CEO of Flat 12, said the brewery will make “more than a couple” beer varieties, many that will be unique to Southern Indiana. The facility will have the capacity to brew at least 40,000 barrels of beer per year, which could be more than the amount made at the Indianapolis brewery. For most brewers, a barrel is equal to two kegs, or 31 gallons.

One of the reasons Flat 12 chose to expand in Jeffersonville is that the warehouse-style building at 130 W. Riverside Drive is suitable to house a brewery. O’Connor also said Jeffersonville is an ideal location to make more beer.

“I love the vibe of what’s going on in Jeffersonville. The city is really doing a great job in revitalization,” O’Connor said. “The whole atmosphere down there on the Ohio River is a lot of fun. We’re real excited about being a part of it.”

He also said the proximity to Kentucky and Tennessee will allow distributions to reach farther south.

O’Connor said his first priority is to get the taproom — complete with an outdoor patio section — open by summertime, but he said he hopes to get the brewery going soon after. Right now, Flat 12 is getting together a layout and design for facility.

“We’re just starting that process,” he said.

Although the Indianapolis location is only open Thursday through Sunday, the Jeffersonville taproom will have a “more robust hour schedule.”

Flat 12’s beer lineup “pays proper respect to the traditions of American craft brewing with its flagship beers” and offers seasonal specialties, according to the company’s website. The beers are described as “balanced, clean and flavorful, with a unique twist.”

Core offerings include a porter, amber ale, blonde, IPA and pale ale.

Flat 12 made the announcement in late January of the establishment its first satellite location in Jeffersonville. The business will be in the warehouse attached to The Olive Leaf restaurant, which is soon to open downtown. The taproom also will have a limited menu along with its beer offerings.

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