New brewery could open soon in Middletown

Unbridled has leased about 8,400 square feet of space at 3387 Cincinnati-Dayton Road. The newly constructed building was one of two commercial facilities built speculatively by Middletown developer PS Properties, with the site neighboring Unbridled’s future brewhouse filled by a BP pipelines office, said Paul Sivak, president of the commercial real estate development company.

“With the traffic count… we thought it would be a good location,” Sivak said.

A brewery owner could not be immediately reached by deadline Thursday.

“They’re going to be opening up a facility in Monroe at some point in the future, but they needed to get on the ground and running now,” Matt Eisenbraun, assistant economic development director for Middletown, said Thursday about Unbridled Brewery. He was speaking to attendees of a luncheon Thursday hosted by The Chamber of Commerce Serving Middletown, Monroe and Trenton at Miami University Middletown. “We had the opportunity to put them in place and get them rolling.”

Unbridled Brewery’s opening plans mark at least the third brewery publicly known to have announced an opening in Butler County this year.

Construction is underway on renovations for Municipal Brew Works opening in downtown Hamilton in the city’s former municipal building at 20 High St.

Also, Rivertown Brewing Co. announced late last year plans to build and open an approximately $5 million production, restaurant and bar space in Monroe near the intersection of Ohio 63 and Salzman Road. Rivertown is set to become fully operational in 2017.

Started in 2009, Rivertown, known for its sour beers, has outgrown its existing space in Lockland faster than anticipated, Roeper said.

“We’re making a huge investment,” Jason Roeper, Rivertown’s founder and leader, previously told this news outlet. “We’re calling it our forever brewery.”

The new craft breweries in the works join so-called “nano-brewery” DogBerry Brewing in West Chester Twp., as well as the massive MillerCoors outside of Trenton.

Additionally, there are plans to open a distillery called Liberty Spirits to make bourbon whiskey, rye whiskey, moonshine, vodka and gin, but a location and other details have not yet been finalized.

A state law passed in 2013 cut start-up costs for micro-breweries and made it easier for a growing number of craft distilleries and brewers to sell to the public, helping trigger growth and expansion of the emerging industry in Ohio.

NOTE: This story was updated online Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, due to incorrect information provided to Journal-News about the brewery’s opening date. Hopes are for the brewery to open in Middletown sometime this year at a date yet to be determined.

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