NEW ALBANY — After a decade of business, the Bank Street Brewhouse in downtown New Albany will close its doors May 25.
The downtown location at 415 Bank St. is the New Albanian Brewing Co.'s main site for beer production, and the brewery will cease distribution of its beers, according to a May 10 Facebook post. The NABC Pizzeria and Public House at 3312 Plaza Drive in New Albany will remain open with a smaller craft beer operation.
Taco Steve, the restaurant in the Bank Street Brewhouse, is also closing along with the brewery. Owner Stephen Powell moved the business into the brewhouse in February 2018 after two years in a space at Destinations Booksellers in New Albany.
Owners Amy Baylor and Kate Lewison declined to be interviewed for this story. In a Facebook post, they said their decision to close the Bank Street operation will allow them "to laser focus on making The New Albanian Brewing Co. Pizzeria & Pub location better than ever."
The pizzeria and pub will continue making the brewery's "favorite brands and delve into new brews too" under the leadership of brewer Ben Minton, according to the Facebook post. The beer will be available to drink in-house.
The owners expressed gratitude for the Bank Street location's crew, including Taco Steve and head of brewing operations, Josh Hill.
"We believe brewing demands that you have a passion for it, and this team definitely had that in spades with their unwavering commitment, dedication, hard work, heavy lifting, love and loyalty to their jobs," the post states.
The New Albanian owners will be looking for a prospective buyer for the Bank Street building, which is owned by developer Steve Resch, who could operate its 15-barrel brewing system.