With local approvals in place, Tidal River Brewing Co. owner Geoff Mattheis is busy working to secure state and federal licenses, purchase equipment and tend to other details of opening a nano brewery on Cheryl Drive. He’s aiming for a June or July opening.
“A lot of it is contingent on the licensing process and how long it takes,” he said.
As the word nano suggests, Mattheis plans to start small, targeting production of 8 to 16 barrels (31 gallons each) a month, or up to approximately 200 a year.
The 2,000 square foot facility would allow some growth as well.
Beer would be marketed directly in 32 and 64-ounce growlers and if all goes well, to local restaurants and retail outlets.
He also plans to host small tours and tastings Thursdays through Sundays.
Mattheis has been home brewing for several years now and he and wife Mary are avid aficionados.
Already many have expressed excitement
“There’s been good communication back and forth with several restaurants and bars,” Mattheis said
Employees at other locales, such as Wilson’s Pub and the Crown and Hammer in Collinsville both expressed interest in learning more about the brewery.
“We’re just excited to welcome him to the community,” said Myles Walsh, managing partner at The Flatbread Co.
“I think it’s really exciting,” said Tommy Furdon, a Wilson’s bartender who also books the acts, “I can’t wait to see what he does.”
Tidal River’s small system will allow flexibility for a number of brews and Mattheis plans to involve the community and change offering based on feedback, tours, etc. He also plans to launch a fun, social media campaign that will likely give people the chance to contribute to the business in a way that benefits them.
“It allows me to have a great deal of flexibility,” Mattheis said.
Plans are in the works for a cream ale signature beer, a flavorful but fairly light beer. As avid runners, it’s the kind of refreshment . . .
“It’s a nice transition beer that’s not overbearing,” he said.
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