Red Yeti Brewing hopes to open by late January in Jeffersonville

louisville beer - red yeti brewingAnother microbrewery and pub is set to open in early 2014 – Red Yeti Brewing nears completion of its brewing operation and restaurant after completely overhauling a two-story structure in downtown Jeffersonville.

Owner Brandi Ronau said she and her husband Paul Ronau have been planning the brewery for three years, and renovations to the building at 256 Spring St. have been going on for about a year. Brandy said Red Yeti just got approved for a liquor license to have a full bar in addition to house-made beers.

The project has been longer in the making than planned, as the structure required more work than expected.

“When we came in, it was in worse shape than we originally thought,” she said. “The only thing left [of the original structure], pretty much, is the brick and concrete.”

The menu will consist of pizza, burgers, sandwiches and appetizers. Meanwhile, she said, Red Yeti hopes to start out with three in-house beers along with a number of guest taps pouring other local, regional and national craft beers.

The three beers Paul will brew include “HopIPAtamus,” a red or brown ale, and a pale ale, for starters.

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Doorway leading into what will be the bar/pub area at Red Yeti.

Considering the space is basically gutted at the moment, with fireproofing halfway done to the ceiling – the Ronaus live in the upper floor of the building, which also had to be renovated – the end of January may not be an attainable goal, Brandi said.

Just inside the main entrance is a white board with a long to-do list, detailing everything that still has yet to be finished, from installing the hood system to finishing the brick walls to building out the bar and installing the brewing equipment.

Yes, it’s a long list, but fingers are firmly crossed in the Ronau household. “End of January,” she said. “That’s what our contractor is telling us. Hopefully it comes together.”

Red Yeti will be the only craft brewery in Jeffersonville when it opens. And while the Ronaus have received overwhelming public support, one Facebook critic — someone named Paul Ranney — admonished Red Yeti last month because the brewery will not feature American light beers on draft.

“I look forward to your early closing so someone else will open a pub people can frequent for the beers people love,” Ranney wrote. “Why in the world would you not serve the best beers instead of craft crap is a testament to stupidity.”

A number of people stopped in while I was there talking to Brandi Ronau, and each of them seemed excited that a brewery was about to open in downtown Jeffersonville. Other feedback on the Red Yeti Facebook page has been positive as well, in part because Red Yeti has already been getting involved in community activities, from trick-or-treat festivities to letting a local vintner set up and share their wares just inside the front entrance.

“You can’t make everyone happy,” Brandi said of the craft-beer hating naysayer, and then smiled.

The name of the business actually comes from Paul, who will be the head brewer. He is a tall, red-haired man whose friends nicknamed him Red Yeti, prompting him to use that name as his online gaming profile.

Naming the brewery after the brewer seemed like the logical choice; it’s also just a pretty cool name for a brewery. The logo even features a red Sasquatch-like creature wearing sunglasses.

Paul began home brewing several years ago and was motivated to open a brew pub by the fact his friends began asking him to brew his beers for gatherings.

“They would pay for the materials, and he would brew it,” Brandi said.

Paul said HopIPAtamus (pronounce it similarly to “hippopotamus”) is his signature brew, with Stone Ruination IPA serving as its inspiration. HopIPAtamus will have a similar profile, packing 92 IBU (International Bittering Units) and 7.5 percent alcohol by volume.

“It’s over-the-top hoppy,” he said.

Since the build-out is ongoing, he isn’t sure yet how many Red Yeti beers will be brewed. While three is the safe number, he would like to see five or even seven.

“A lot of what we’re deciding to brew is based on cellar capacity,” he said.

Getting Red Yeti up and running will be first priority, however, meaning guest crafts will probably inhabit the taps for the first few weeks of operation. After that, look for the 6-foot-3-inch guy with red hair, and ask for a HopIPAtamus.

This post was originally published by Insider Louisville.

Bannerman Brewing Plans to Open April 1

louisville beer - bannerman brewingMore new Louisville beer is on the way: Bannerman Brewing is on track to open on or around April 1, according to co-owner Cory Riley.

Bannerman will operate with a seven-barrel system, and plans to have 12 taps with original brews. It won’t be a brewpub, but rather a tap room, similar to that of Apocalypse Brew Works. The total space is 4,000 square feet; Bannerman will be in the same Clifton neighborhood, as well. Currently, they are busy getting the space ready for operation.

“We’re working around the clock,” Riley said.

Riley has been home brewing for about 10 years, he said, mostly working with Belgian-style beers and sour ales, with a few English ales thrown in. Meanwhile, partner Jeff Pluhar is a vintner who has a lot of experience with barrel aging, which will help create some interesting and original creations.

The plan is to, like neighboring Apocalypse, bring in food trucks rather than build out a kitchen, create a menu and hire kitchen staff.

“Everybody wins that way,” Riley said.

And the Louisville beer scene just keeps getting bigger …

Ten-Buck Steak and Beer at Cumberland Brews

cumberland brews L&N #152 - Louisville BeerGotta love Cumberland Brews; it’s a warm, cozy place with solid beers and great food. And sometimes you can also get a really good deal.

Take Thursdays, for instance. I stopped in yesterday for lunch upon hearing that Cumberland offers a Thursday special of steak and beer for 10 bucks. My immediate reaction was that it sounded too good to be true, and you know what they say about situations like that.

But I’m here to tell you that the New York strip I had was the real deal: eight ounces, tender and tasty, and seasoned with black peppercorn. And it came with a pile of delicious hand-cut fries and even a miniature red velvet cupcake. Oh, and for the $10, you also get a pint of your choice.

I mean, it’s darn near ridiculous. For the quality and amount of food I was served, I doubt I could have prepared that meal at home for the price. And that doesn’t even factor in the beer.

Oh yes, the beer: My pint of choice (OK, I may have had three, sue me) was the L&N #152, a “steam beer” that is actually a lager, but drinks more like an ale. Presumably named after the Louisville railroad (for which my dad briefly worked back in the late 1960s), L&N #152 has a dark body and plenty of hops — OK, perhaps not enough for a hophead (it’s 40 IBU), but enough to provide a familiar bite and tingle sensation on the palate. That’s good enough for me in the right situation.

It pours a deep amber with a creamy, tan head, and packs a nice malt body to go along with the hops. It reminded me slightly of one of my local favorites, Irish Rover Red, which as an ale that is more malty but with fewer hops. The L&N also has an almost dry sensation on the palate, which isn’t there in the Rover Red.

If  you haven’t tried it, I’d recommend it highly on a Thursday. Or a Wednesday. I’m told you can get a bison burger and a pint for $10 on hump day, which is a pretty sweet deal too.

Beer and Steak at Cumberland Brews

Cumberland Brews - Louisville beerDang, did anyone else see the Facebook post saying that at Cumberland Brews on Thursdays you can get a pint of craft beer with a New York strip steak and hand-cut fries for just 10 bucks?

I’m assuming this is every Thursday, based on how the post reads. Is this new? If not,  how on earth did this get past me?

Cumberland says it will be open next Thursday, July 4, at noon, and the deal will be available all day. All. Day.

Man, New York meat and Louisville beer for ten bucks? I think I know where I’m having lunch on the 4th.