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Louisville brewery plans to open a second location in Crestwood

3rd Turn Brewery owners hope
to start construction in March

CRESTWOOD, Ky. (March 2017) – Oldham County’s vote last year to become a “wet” county is already paying off. The owners of 3rd Turn Brewing in Jeffersontown, Ky., have leased the four-acre property in Crestwood where Boone Gardiner Garden Center once operated and plan to establish a second craft brewing location there.
They hope to get started on the project in early spring and open by late spring, according to co-owner Greg Hayes, 43, a native of Owensboro who lives in Louisville. They plan to initially transport their craft beers made in Jeffersontown to Crest-wood, Ky. But they are planning to purchase and set up new beer making equipment in Crestwood this year, after they obtain their brewery license.

Photo by Don Ward

From left 3rd Turn employee Mike Burress poses with co-owners Ben Shinkle and Greg Hayes next to the brewery kettles at the location in Jeffersontown, Ky.

“We are very excited to be expanding to Oldham County,” Hayes said. “We think it is a great growth area for our company, and we hope the residents there will welcome us to the community like we have been welcomed here in Jeffersontown.”
The owners plan to create an indoor pub-like atmosphere in an existing building, and add an outdoor seating area at the site at 6300 Old Lagrange Rd., next door to two existing attractions – the Kentucky Artisan Distillery and Yew Dell Botanical Gardens. They hope to house a seven-barrel brewing system that would use many ingredients from local farmers. They may even establish a garden on the property to grow some of the light fruits and peppers used in beer making. Their plan is to invest $500,000 in capital improvements and expect their brewing equipment to arrive in spring.
“The building there is fine to work with, but it is a large site, so the challenge will be trying to put a brewery in a place that was not built to be a brewery,” Hayes said.
Hayes said the recent opening of the East End Bridge in Prospect may help drive business their way from Indiana. He also noted that travelers on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail visiting next-door Kentucky Artisan Distillery will have to drive right past their door, offering more visibility and potential customers.
Oldham County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director David Bizianes said he welcomes a brewery to the community. “We are happy to welcome this exciting new business. 3rd Turn Brewery will make a huge impact by offering our community another reason to entertain in Oldham County. The owners are hard working entrepreneurs who have big plans to transform the former Boone Gardiner facility into a top-notch microbrewery with indoor and outdoor seating as well as space to host live entertainment. 

Photo by Don Ward

This former site of Boone Gardiner Garden Center in Crestwood, Ky., is where 3rd Turn Brewery owners plan to establish their second location.

Projects like these are important to small communities like ours. Their proximity to the Kentucky Artisan Distillery and Yew Dell Gardens provide opportunities for important synergies between businesses and help keep dollars local.”
3rd Turn Brewing opened in 2015 in Jeffersontown, Ky. The owners are four college friends and work mates. Hayes and Dale Shinkle were roommates at Bellarmine College. Joining them in the venture was Brian Minrath, a former work mate of Hayes’ at UPS, and brewmaster and Dale’s brother, Ben Shinkle. The 3rd Turn business name was derived from their frequent meetings among college friends at the third turn of the Kentucky Derby infield, Hayes said.
In addition to their own craft brews, the brewery offers for sale other craft beers on tap. They also offer table wine, upper shelf bourbons and some frozen or slushy drinks for their non-beer drinking customers. They have created a warm, nostalgic, community atmosphere in a former church that dates to 1878. It sits at 10408 Watterson Trail in the heart of Jeffersontown. As a brewery, they can allow in families, so they have added a couch and comfortable sitting area in addition to the bar and tables. They want to be a place for people to come and hang out. To help in that effort, they often host birthday parties, book signings, Texas Hold ’em charity events and the like.
“We like the idea of being involved in the community,” Hayes said. “Instead of a bar where you come and have a drink and leave, we want people to come and hang around and get comfortable.”
There is a mug club at 3rd Turn where regular customers come and drink out of a larger 16-ounce mug instead of the 10-ounce pours. There is no food service but customers are allowed to bring in food or order food from nearby restaurants.
When opened, it was the first brewery located outside the I-264 Watterson Expressway in Louisville. They say this second location in Crestwood will represent the first brewery located outside the I-265 corridor (not including southern Indiana).
3rd Turn Brewing’s announcement to open in Oldham County comes at the end of a year that has seen significant growth in brewing statewide. As many as eight breweries have opened in 2016, with several more in the planning stages across the state.

• More information is available online at: www.3rdturnbrewing.com.

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