Canning test run first step for Municipal Brew Works’ planned expansion

On the eve of its third anniversary, Municipal Brew Works is embarking on an endeavor aimed at broadening its reach.

The brewery and taproom at 20 High St. in Hamilton on Monday brought in Ironheart Mobile Canning for a canning test run, which co-founder and CEO Jim Goodman said makes it the first company to can beer in the city since before Prohibition.

The canning is a test run for a future expansion that will make MBW cans “a full-time thing,” Goodman said.

“We are currently in planning,” he said. “We have the wonderful problem of not being able to make enough beer. The support from Hamilton and greater Butler County area has been amazing.”

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Municipal Brew Works’ goal is to have a production facility within the next 18 months, Goodman said.

The brewery produced a little more than 125 cases each of its Approachable Blonde Ale and its Orange Agave Ale, both of which run $9.99 per six-pack, plus tax. It produced just more than 75 cases of its Scout IPA, which sells for $10.99 per 6-pack, plus tax.

“The three canned beers are our most popular-selling beers in our tap room,” Goodman said.

Two of the three brews are also award-winners. The Approachable Blonde won a silver medal at the 2018 Ohio Craft Brewer’s Cup and a bronze medal at the 2019 New York International Beer Competition. The Orange Agave Ale won a gold medal at the New York International Beer Competition and also earned “Ohio Fruit Brewery of the Year” honors.

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When Municipal Brew Works opened in June 2016, it became the city’s first brewery in 80 years.

The brewery will celebrate its third anniversary this week in several ways, including offering six-packs of Approachable Blonde Ale, Orange Agave Ale and Scout IPA in 6-packs for a limited time.

On Thursday, MBW will sell all regularly priced merchandise for 10 percent off.

On Friday, it will set up a stage for My Girl Friday will perform. It also will raise money for the Animal Adoption Fund.

MBW will open at 10 a.m. Saturday for the release of its Anniversary Series Imperial India Pale Ale bottle release, which is hand-bottled and labeled in 22-ounce bottles.

“The beer is a very hoppy-yet-balanced beer due to the addition of locally sourced honey,” Goodman said. “The honey provides a sweetness and takes the ABV to 10 percent.”

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On Saturday, MBW also will release special variants and original small batches including a Raspberry Hefeweizen, Peach Blonde and Snickerdoodle beer, along with a few other quick-selling brews like Mango Habanero IPA and Peanut Butter Porter. The N2 Crew will perform starting at 7 p.m. and the Yada Yada Yadas will take the stage at 9 p.m.

Sunday at the Hamilton brewery will be Open Mic Day.

Various food trucks will be on hand each day.

“It’s sure to be a great time and our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the greater Hamilton area for three years of their amazing support,” Goodman said.

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