Erlanger city council paves way for new brewery, distillery

Patricia A. Scheyer
Patricia A. Scheyer
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A new brewery and distillery will be coming to the city of Erlanger next year.

Fabled Brew Works will be located off Kenton Lands Road between the Kenton County Public Library and Silverlake Family Center.

“There are actually about four or five of us going in on this,” said Kent Wessels, who is one of the young professionals involved in the development. “We have all done a little home brewing, and we all like to travel around to beer festivals and try different beers. We have talked about doing this for years, and now we are going to do it.”

A rendering of what the taproom will look like at Fabled Brew in Erlanger. Photo provided | Fabled Brew Works

The building is part of a 24,000-square-foot, recently-built structure. The brewery will occupy 4,000 square feet, which doesn’t factor in another 800-square-foot patio.

Wessels said his partner, Mike Turvey, has a good relationship with managers of food trucks, so there will be food trucks on hand once the new taproom opens. Some trucks offer pulled pork, and Wessels said a taco truck is the goal for Taco Tuesdays.

The city of Erlanger has permitted breweries in the city, but the definition did not include tap rooms or bars in said breweries. On Tuesday night, Erlanger City Council passed the second reading of an ordinance that allows both tap rooms and bars inside a brewery, clearing the final hurdle for the new business.

Fabled Brew Works’ logo. Photo provided | Fabled Brew Works

“Our business will be somewhat similar to Anderson Tap House, and we plan to have beers from all over,” Wessels said. “We might try home brew a time or two. We plan on having at least 12 to 16 beers on tap, but all the beer will be our own.”

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Wessels said they are not above experimenting with flavors, and he promised that if they developed a fruit-based beer, it would definitely have a full, unmistakably robust flavor.

More likely to appear on the menu will be a selection of pale ales, IPA, stout, barleywine, and wheat beers, he said, all their own beers.

The patio will be open as the weather permits. Wessels thought outside heaters would be a good addition for the fall and early winter weather. There will be tables inside, also.

“We are planning to be open late spring, or early summer of 2023,” said Wessels. “This is our first new adventure, and we are looking forward to it.”

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