A home brewer is planning to take his beer brewing to the next level with a small brewpub in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood.
Matt McCulloch hopes to open District 14 Brewery & Pub in December at 2273 S. Howell Ave.
The brewery will operate with a three-barrel system. By contrast, Horny Goat Brewing Co. has 10 barrels and Milwaukee Brewing Co. has more than 100, McCulloch said. It will have 10 fermentation tanks and 10 tap lines, with about half of the taps constantly rotating, he said.
McCulloch, who lives in Muskego, has been a home brewer for about 10 years and got serious about it a couple of years ago, he said.
“This for me is more creative expression than anything,” he said.
Although the brewpub will only be about 2,200 square feet, it is considered heavy manufacturing, and the property will need a zoning change. It’s scheduled for the Nov. 7 Board of Zoning Appeals. McCulloch hopes to start brewing beer in November and could open the pub to the public by December.
The pub will serve simple food that can be made in a convection oven, such as pizza and appetizers, McCulloch said. He plans to distribute a small amount of beer to nearby bars and restaurants, including nearby LuLu Cafe & Bar, but most of it will be served in the pub, he said.
“My whole concept is being a neighborhood brewery,” he said. “We just want to put a beer in people’s hands and find out if they like it face-to-face.”
District 14 is one of several small breweries planned for the Milwaukee area. Biloba Brewing Co. announced plans Monday for a brewery in Brookfield, while Brenner Brewing Co. is planned for Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood.
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