Louisville's Against the Grain to expand, add tasting room

jpatton1@herald-leader.comJuly 21, 2014 

Against the Grain, the Louisville brewery at Slugger Field, will join the craft beer big leagues with a major expansion to quadruple production.

Gov. Steve Beshear announced Monday that the brewery will add a 25,000-square-foot brewing center at the old Fischer SIPS building on Northwestern Parkway in the Portland neighborhood.

The site will include a new barrel brewhouse and an unspecified number of barrel fermenters/bright beer tanks, allowing for an initial annual production of 6,500 barrels of beer a year.

AtG also plans to increase its barrel-aging space and develop an area to include a tasting room and retail space. The company expects to create 20 new jobs as a result of the expansion.

"The new space will allow us to increase our barrel-aging program capacity by 10 times," said Sam J. Cruz, co-owner of AtG. "We are excited for the opportunity to service our existing customer base more consistently, as well as establish AtG nationally with the potential additions of more global markets in the future."

The expansion also will allow AtG to increase distribution to more states and countries. In April, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority approved the company for tax incentives of as much as $200,000; the performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets.

The company was established in 2011 by brewers Cruz, Jerry Gnagy and Adam Watson, and restaurateur Andrew Ott.

Janet Patton: (859) 231-3264. Twitter: @janetpattonhl.

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