Braxton Brewing Company - the wildly popular Covington business - will open its second operation next week.
Braxton Labs, which will be used by the brewery to innovate, experiment, and create new products and beer styles, will open in Newport on Friday, May 26 at 95 Riviera Dr.
That location was previously home to Ei8ht Ball Brewing.
In March, Braxton announced that it would be taking over the space for this new project.
“It’s hard to believe we’re finally able to open these doors. When our leadership team sat down to discuss a future where we had nearly 2,000 barrels of capacity to dedicate solely to innovation, every aspect of the company was thrilled,” said Jake Rouse, co-founder and CEO at Braxton Brewing Company. “This space will be home to beers that are both on and off trend, educational experiments for the curious craft beer drinker, collaborations across multiple categories, and so much more. Simply put, creativity will be the lifeblood of Braxton Brewing Company for years to come, and Braxton Labs will be the dedicated home to those projects!”
The Grand Opening Party starts at 5 p.m. and will feature the first Braxton Labs beers, a guest tap lineup, live music from The Kentucky Struts, and local food from Cheese N Chong.
“From day one, we set out to open Braxton with a commitment to what we deemed, multiplicity. Multiplicity is the idea of a wide portfolio of extremely well done styles, both recognized and unrecognized,” said Evan Rouse, co-founder & COO at Braxton Brewing Company. “With the addition of Braxton Labs we will have an unlimited ability to innovate, imagine, and explore. We will do everything from pushing the envelope on new styles to creating our own, and we couldn't be more excited.”
The first beers available from Braxton Labs will be a New England IPA, Cherry Saison and a Coffee Vanilla Milk Stout. Three other Braxton Labs beers are currently fermenting and may be ready for the Grand Opening Party. Follow Braxton Labs on Untappd for an up-to-date taplist. These beers will be joined by guest taps from local, regional, national and international breweries. The full list will be revealed next week, the company said.
Braxton Labs was created by Braxton’s appetite to further invest in innovation. While production continues to increase at its Covington headquarter location, the brewing company will craft small, 15-barrel batches that reflect the creativity of the company’s talented brewing team at Braxton Labs. These beers will be served at Braxton Labs and a limited amount will be available in distribution and eventually, packaged product.
Braxton Labs will continue operation of its normal business hours after the Grand Opening party. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, the taproom will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the taproom will be open from 11 a.m. to midnight. On Sunday, the taproom will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
“This is an exciting time here at Braxton,” said Zac Boehnke, a brewer at Braxton Brewing Company. “With production in full swing at our Covington facility, Braxton Labs gives our team the opportunity to create new and exciting beers, explore various styles and traditions, and educate new and seasoned craft beer drinkers alike. Every batch that comes from this facility will be unique - driven by our passion for experimentation, research, and quality.”