Henderson Brewing Co., LLC announced that it will be opening a microbrewery in Henderson’s Gateway District under the same name in the spring of 2018. The brewery will be located at 737 2nd St., most recently occupied by Petals and More Florists but historically the site of the Bright Spot Tavern.
“Henderson Brewing Co. is the result of five families who thought Henderson deserved great beer that it can call its own,” said co-founder Sean Wilder. “We chose our name and location because we not only wanted to promote present day Henderson but also honor its rich history.”
In addition to Wilder, Henderson Brewing Co., LLC consists of Henderson residents David Osborn, Rob Toerne, Austin Vowels, and Doug Laramie, who will also be taking on the role of head brewer. Laramie is a multiple medal winner in the home brewing category at the Kentucky State Fair.
“We plan on offering four beer styles when we open and as time goes on, more options will be available on a rotating or seasonal basis,” said Laramie. “The four beers we will open with haven’t been solidified just yet as we are working on recipes and refining our choices.”
Construction has already begun on the building which will include a three barrel brewhouse as well as a large taproom and patio for guests to sample the beers brewed on site. Beers will initially be available exclusively through its taproom with wider distribution planned for the future.
According to the Brewers Association, the number of craft breweries in the US has nearly doubled in the past five years, growing from 2,420 in 2012 to 5,234 at the end of 2016. Henderson follows cities such as Evansville, Hopkinsville, Paducah, and Bowling Green in hosting a local brewery.