Unlike many of its fellow local craft breweries, Loose Ends will open from day one with a restaurant and full bar as well as its own beers and a couple of guest taps, according to John Loose, a 2005 graduate of Centerville High School who is partnering with his father, Kent Loose, to launch the new brewpub. Loose Ends also will be making ciders, some in partnership with nearby Hidden Valley Orchards, Loose said.
If all goes well, the brewery could open as early as mid-to-late September, its co-founder said Tuesday, June 16.
Loose Ends Brewing will be located at 890 S. Main St. (State Route 48), behind the Kabuki sushi and Korean restaurant, and in a strip retail center that includes Centerville Liquor & Wine. The 9,800-square-foot corner space previously housed a fitness gym.
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The brewpub was a beehive of activity Tuesday, when we got a sneak peek with John Loose. Drywall is up, and painting has begun. Floors and HVAC system work will begin next week. Brewing equipment, including five fermenting tanks and two bright tanks, has arrived and is in storage for now, and some kitchen equipment will arrive next week.
“We will open with around 25 employees,” Loose said. “That number could rise to 40 or 50. We’ve been accepting resumes and will start interviewing in July.”
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There will be a strong focus on education, especially for beer-food pairings, the brewery’s co-founder said.
Loose Ends will have a “Mug Club” in which beer enthusiasts can purchase a 20-ounce mug to refill for the price of a pint, Loose said. Two styles of the mug have arrived at the brewery and await their initial pours.
Plans call for opening with about 10 Loose Ends beers, but there is room to expand to 24 taps, Loose said, including a few beers from other craft breweries.
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The father-son team spent much of 2018 searching for the right space, and looked at spots in Bellbrook and Springboro as well as Centerville.
“There wasn't much out there when we were looking, and when this space became available, we were thrilled,” Loose told this news outlet late last year.
The brewery's founders are updating Loose End's progress on the Loose Ends Brewing Instagram account.