Moeller Brew Barn to fill former Rivertown building in Monroe

Moeller's Brew Barn has announced it's expanding into Butler County and is taking over the space formerly occupied by Rivertown Brewery off Ohio 63 in Monroe. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

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Moeller's Brew Barn has announced it's expanding into Butler County and is taking over the space formerly occupied by Rivertown Brewery off Ohio 63 in Monroe. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

Brewery expects to open later this year, offer variety of beers, menu items.

A Monroe brewery that closed earlier this year is being brought back to life by another Ohio brewery.

Moeller Brew Barn announced plans Wednesday afternoon to expand and add an additional taproom and brewery in the former Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House, 6550 Hamilton Lebanon Road.

This marks Moeller’s first Cincinnati-area location after adding Dayton and Troy in recent years to its original home base in Maria Stein, Ohio.

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Moeller Brew Barn, with headquarters in Marie Stein, Ohio, is expanding to Monroe, the company announced Wednesday afternoon. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Moeller Brew Barn, with headquarters in Marie Stein, Ohio, is expanding to Monroe, the company announced Wednesday afternoon. SUBMITTED PHOTO

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Moeller Brew Barn, with headquarters in Marie Stein, Ohio, is expanding to Monroe, the company announced Wednesday afternoon. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Nick Moeller, founder of Moeller Brew Barn, said the company will spend the next few months putting some “new touches” on the taproom, and then start brewing, according to a news release.

The 25,875 square foot facility will be the most southern location for Moeller Brew Barn, founded in 2015.

“The Moeller brand’s dedication to creative spaces and quality products feels like an excellent fit for our residents and businesses to enjoy,” said Jennifer Patterson, assistant to the city manager/economic development for the city of Monroe.

The brewery adds to the region and provides another entertainment option, she said.

“We are very pleased,” Patterson said.

More than 24 beers will be on tap at any given time, including new beers brewed on site and established Moeller favorites, Moeller said. The kitchen will offer established favorites such as Neapolitan-style pizzas, smoked wings, and Bavarian pretzels, he said.

“We are stoked about this big opportunity in front of us,” he said. “Monroe is a small town near the big city and we’re excited to be part of it.”

Anthony Scott, co-owner of Moeller Brew Barn, said the company decided now was the “right time to go forward with this opportunity. It’s a big step forward for us, but we are ready,”

Rick Pearce, president of the Chamber of Commerce serving Middletown, Monroe and Trenton, said he’s excited the vacant building is being used again and he looks forward to working with the owners.

In February, Rivertown, one of the first in the region to kick off the brewery boom, announced it was closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, staffing issues and rising food costs.

The $6 million facility opened Jan. 20, 2017 and saw early success because of its location near a highly traveled roadway and being close to Cincinnati Premium Outlets, Miami Valley Gaming and two popular flea markets, Traders World and Treasure Aisles.

In August 2020, Monroe City Council revoked a tax abatement for Rivertown Brewery Company that was granted in May 2016.

A notice of default letter was sent March 9 2020 by City Manager Bill Brock that said Rivertown owed $72,370 in unpaid taxes and payments not made as part of a plan for previous lapses in payment. On May 8, 2020 Monroe filed a second tax lien against the property.

Rivertown’s CRA agreement was for a 45% abatement on the annual property tax for five years and for job creation. Rivertown was to have created 55 full-time and 10 part-time jobs by Dec. 31, 2019.

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