New brewery coming to Springboro

A new brewery called Crooked Handle Brewing Co. is in the works for 760 N. Main St. (Ohio 741) in the Marketplace at Settler’s Walk retail center in Springboro.

The 3,500-square-foot space will house a brewing system and will have a seating capacity of about 50 inside and another 16 on a patio, said Jason Moore of Miami Twp., co-founder of Crooked Handle along with business partner Jeff Pedro Jr., also of Miami Twp.

“We’re hoping for an October opening if all goes well with the licensing and the construction stays on track,” Moore said.

Moore started brewing beer in Colorado about six years ago, “and I’ve brewed non-stop since then, trying out new recipes along the way,” he said. Plans call for Crooked Handle to serve only its own beers, opening with a limited selection of four brews, then ramping up to offer five flagship beers and three or four seasonal beers in its tasting room, Moore said.

Moore’s wife Kristy Moore will oversee the tap room, which will feature a broad range of beer styles from saisons and double IPAs to peanut-butter porter and coffee stouts, Moore said. The brewery will not have a restaurant kitchen, but customers will be encouraged to bring in their own food, he said.

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The success of the 11 breweries that have opened in Montgomery and Greene counties in the last three-plus years, and the level of collaboration that local brewery owners have displayed, are encouraging signs that the market can accommodate more players, Moore said.

“There’s definitely room for more, or we wouldn’t be doing this,” Moore said, noting that several of the existing breweries have expanded or leased new facilities since they opened. “The more the merrier,” he said.

After the tap room is established and Crooked Handle makes a name for itself, Moore said he plans to look for warehouse space to open a larger production brewery.

For more information, check out the Crooked Handle Brewing Co. Facebook page at www.facebook.com/crookedhandle.

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