Site will be an expansion of Old 502 downtown location
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 11, 2014) — Old 502 Winery, Kentucky’s only urban winery, and Falls City Brewing Co. have joined forces to combine the synergies of the two Louisville companies and create a new craft beer and wine destination at the current location of Old 502 in downtown Louisville.
John Neace, owner of Old 502 Winery, has become an equity partner in Falls City Brewing Company. David Easterling, who reintroduced the Falls City brand four years ago, will remain chief executive officer of Falls City.
The companies’ $1 million renovation project will double the winemaking capacity for Old 502 and relocate Falls City’s production facility and tasting room that is currently located on Barret Ave. in Louisville.
The 35,000-s.f. complex will span multiple buildings and feature both wine and beer production facilities, tasting rooms and indoor and outdoor event spaces. In addition to wine tastings and bottle purchases now available at Old 502, visitors to the new craft beer and wine hub will also be able enjoy a pint, take home a growler or sample some special-edition and experimental Falls City brews. The venue can also accommodate wedding receptions and large meetings.
The renovated facility is expected to be complete later this summer.
“We’re creating Louisville’s craft beer and wine block,” said Neace. “We believe this facility can be a hub for both beer and wine lovers, and also serve as a catalyst for not just our two brands, but for this part of town as well.”
Neace said long-term plans for Falls City include moving the production and bottling that currently takes place in Nashville to Louisville.