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Braxton to Open Second Location, Celebrate 2nd Anniversary with Block Party

Braxton Brewing Company is celebrating its second anniversary this weekend, and will be opening a new location, the company announced Monday.

Braxton Labs will operate as a brewery and taproom inside the former Ei8ht Ball Brewery location in Bellevue. There, Braxton will focus on "innovative new styles and products while continuing to scale their flagship brewery in Covington," the company said in a news release.

The new location will open this summer.

“Innovation is what makes this industry so amazing. To continue to push the envelope on new products for our customers, we had to really think about our next steps,” said Jake Rouse, co-founder and CEO. “We saw an opportunity to create an entirely new facility dedicated to focusing on experimenting and imagining new beers, and we can’t wait to share this experience with you in a few months!”

In January, Ei8ht Ball, a subsidiary of New Riff Distilling, announced they would close their doors on April 1, 2017.

As Braxton Labs, it will also feature a taproom with 40 taps that celebrate some of the most unique beers in the category made both here in the U.S. and abroad. The facility will capture the spirit of the garage where Braxton was born, the company stated. The brewery was born in a garage on Braxton Drive in Union where young brewer Evan Rouse crafted his product.

“When the opportunity arose to have a facility dedicated specifically to innovation, we jumped on it,” said Evan Rouse, co-founder and COO of Braxton. “We had been toying with the idea of implementing a small scale pilot system at the brewery in Covington, but due to lack of space itdid not work out. This facility will give our team the
tools they need to produce exciting, new and one-off styles, while the original facility will remain the production headquarters. Keep your eyes peeled as we move into summer for some fun and unique styles of beer, as well as added growth at Braxton Headquarters.”

Braxton Brewing Company opened in March of 2015. Before opening, the brewing company executed a record-setting Kickstarter campaign. The success continued after opening their doors. BeerAdvocate named the company one of the Top 33 new breweries nationally in 2015, and since then, the company has expanded distribution to Cincinnati, Louisville, Lexington, and Dayton.

On the production-side, Braxton launched with 100 Barrels of fermentation capacity and has since grown to 740 Barrels of fermentation capacity. The company expects to add additional fermenters in the second quarter of 2017. This decision was driven by Braxton’s appetite to further invest in innovation, the company said. While production continues to increase at its Covington location, which the company said will always be home, the brewing
company will craft small 15-barrel batches. These beers will be served at Braxton Labs and a limited amount will be available in distribution and eventually, packaged product.

After Ei8ht Ball Brewing Company’s closure, Braxton Brewing Company will begin work on acquiring necessary permits and, making renovations to the taproom space. 


Braxton Brewing Company will be celebrating its second anniversary on Saturday, March 25 at the taproom (27 West 7th Street, Covington) and on 7th Street directly in front of the taproom. To celebrate, the brewery is releasing two new bottled beers, hosting four music acts on an outdoor stage, tapping new beers on draft, including food trucks, and more. 

“It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years. A dream that started in the garage has truly exceeded our wildest dreams!” said Jake Rouse, Braxton Brewing Co. Co-founder and CEO. “To celebrate, we’re putting together an amazing party fit for an anniversary, and of course, beer! This year, we’ll celebrate with new beers and we can’t wait for you to try them.”

“We designed a recipe to showcase a traditional style that I love, but produced it using parti-gyle — a unique method more known to the homebrewing community,” said Richard Dube, Braxton Brewing Company co-founder and brewmaster. “It was a fun and exciting day on the brewdeck, and we know you will appreciate the efforts.”

Mentor is a Belgian Tripel featuring the use of Belgian Candi Sugar. The 22 oz. bomber is being released on March 25th. It was inspired by Dube’s love for the style and a way to highlight the brewery’s capabilities in only its second year.

“To get back on the brewdeck felt great,” said Evan Rouse. “It has been awhile since I was last brewing, but it took me back to the days of when we first opened. This is a really unique project that Richard and I have been working on for quite some time. Through Parti-Gyle brewing, we used the same mash to create two totally different beers.”

Mentee is a Belgian Table Beer brewed with Guava and Pomegranate and was inspired by Evan. It’s meant to be a play off of Mentor while also showing contrast between the two classic styles and the people who brewed them. This fruited table beer will also be available in 22 oz. bombers on March 25th. More details including price, limits, and availability will be released in the following weeks.

In addition to Mentor and Mentee available on draft, we will also be tapping a brand new Dry-Hopped Sour called Tinker. Stay tuned as the event draws closer, we always love a few last minute beer surprises.

If the beer lineup isn’t enough to get you to 27 W 7th St., the brewery also has an amazing day of music lined up. Throughout the day, four different bands and a DJ will keep the good vibes flowing alongside the beer. The final lineup will be announced soon!

As always, Braxton knows how to throw a Block Party. And no Block Party is complete without food. The party will host Cuban Pete Sandwiches,Empanadas Aqui and Texas Joe The Legal Mexican, Tex-Mex Food Truck.

“It’s hard to believe that two years have already passed. With your help we have achieved things that we never even dreamed about early on,” said Greg Rouse, Braxton Brewing Co. Co-Founder. “We have proven that we know how to throw a party, and this event certainly will not disappoint. I look forward to seeing you all there for a great celebration.”

-Staff report