Mile Wide Beer Co. will be opening its taproom in Owensboro in just a couple of weeks. Officials with the Louisville-based brewery said they plan to open to the public the same nights the City of Owensboro holds its downtown bridge relighting ceremonies on Nov. 6-7.
Co-owner Scott Shreffler said it’s undetermined at this time whether Mile Wide will hold its grand opening ceremony on those dates, or if they’ll open up for those two days before waiting to conduct a soft opening at a different time.
Shreffler said he didn’t want to miss the opportunity to be part of one of the first downtown Owensboro celebrations since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Owensboro’s recent efforts in developing downtown was one of the driving forces that prompted Mile Wide to choose the city for its second site.
“Downtown Owensboro is about to blow up, and we’re excited to be part of that,” Shreffler said.
Mile Wide will take over the downtown space that previously housed CYO Brewing at 119 E. 2nd Street.
After more than a year of discussing Owensboro’s potential to become a second site for their brewery, Shreffler said it was exciting to finally see the taproom come together. The entire interior of the space was repainted and the walls contain memorabilia highlighting Mile Wide’s four years in business.
“We’re about 95% there,” Shreffler said. “When we opened in Louisville, we didn’t really have [a history yet], so we weren’t sure how to decorate the walls. All we had was our logo. This time, though, we wanted to bring our brewing history to the Owensboro taproom.”
Shreffler and his team have hired Cory Greene as their taproom manager and are currently in the process of hiring a number of additional staff.
“We’re just extremely excited. A little over a year ago we started talking about opening a second taproom,” Shreffler said. “We’re just really excited to be part of Owensboro.”