Powell, Ohio-based Ill Mannered Brewing Co. sent word that it will be nearly tripling its capacity after the addition of new fermentation equipment. According to Tom Ayers, Chief Mad Man of Ill Mannered, the new fermentation vessels won’t have to travel far either, as they are being delivered from Systech Stainless Works, based in Canton, Ohio. Got to love the regional support.
“We’re excited to add the capacity,” Ayers said. “We’ve been stretched a little thin since we’ve opened, and the taproom just keeps getting busier. We won’t sacrifice quality by rushing our beers so it was time to grow capacity.”
The added capacity will give the brewery the ability to expand variety in the taproom, add taproom hours (including opening on Sundays) and increase offerings to outside accounts who have Ill Mannered Beer on draft. Once the new equipment is up and running, the Ill Mannered Team will be brewing up to three times per week instead of the once a week they brew now.
Asked about the availability of the additional varieties for bars and restaurants, Brian Mathias, Head Sud Slinger, said, “The expansion will help increase the number of accounts we can support. We’ve only been able to handle a small number, even turning away requests. Now we should be able to support better growth.”
The up and coming brewery has several more changes in the works, including the addition of a small bottling operation, barrel-aged beers in a partnership with Middle West Spirits, cask offerings and the introduction of nitro beers to the taproom lineup, on top of the already popular Wednesday infusions. Many of these changes will roll out later this year while the new taproom hours will start in conjunction the kick off of Columbus Beer Week.