A sneak peek inside Troy's new Moeller Brew Barn during a Pink Ribbon Girls special event on June 13, 2019. MICHELLE FONG/STAFF

Our first look (and taste) at Troy’s new brewery, inside a former church

Moeller Brew Barn gears up to open its second location in the next few weeks

Moeller Brew Barn is still putting the finishing touches on its second location before the Troy brewery opens fully to the public in the coming weeks — but it offered a tantalizing sneak peek of sorts last week that shows the Miami Valley’s newest brewery will be a little different from the rest.

  

Moeller Brew Barn has operated a brewery and tasting room in Maria Stein, south of Celina in Mercer County, since 2015. Its second location is a 8,000-square-foot former-church-turned-brewery at 214 W. Main St. in downtown Troy.

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“We are still a few weeks away,” Moeller Brew Barn founder Nick Moeller said of his timeline to open the new Troy location. “We’re hoping for the end of June, maybe the beginning of July. But we’re still shooting for the end of June.”

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A sneak peek inside Troy's new Moeller Brew Barn during a Pink Ribbon Girls special event on June 13, 2019. MICHELLE FONG/STAFF

The Troy Moeller Brew Barn will seat about 180 in its main dining/tasting room, 45 more in a banquet room in the basement, and another 15 in a “choir loft” that can be used for smaller private parties, Moeller said. The brewery will employ about 25.

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We got a sneak peek and our first taste of the Troy brewery Thursday night, June 13, during a special fund-raiser for the Pink Ribbon Girls.

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A sneak peek inside Troy's new Moeller Brew Barn during a Pink Ribbon Girls special event on June 13, 2019. MICHELLE FONG/STAFF

During the sneak preview event, the brewery was serving six of its signature brews plus five special brews just for the Pink Ribbon Girls event, which was raising funds for the Four by the Shore program that awards family vacations to families facing a Stage IV cancer diagnosis.

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The Blackberry Prairie Wheat (5.8% ABV | 19 IBU)  was recommended by our bartender as a favorite for those who prefer lighter, fruitier flavors. It was smooth and refreshing. We also tried the Dirt Track Kolsch, which will appeal to those who prefer a lighter brew (4.8% ABV | 18 IBU). We also tried one of the special brews for the event, the Strawberry Square Wheat (5.8% ABV | 19 IBU). If this isn’t on the regular menu, it should be — or should at least be on the menu during Troy Strawberry Festival season. It was just a little tart with a smooth finish.

A sneak peek inside Troy's new Moeller Brew Barn during a Pink Ribbon Girls special event on June 13, 2019. MICHELLE FONG/STAFF

Beyond the tasty brews, what makes this brewery something special is its unique ambiance. 

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Step inside and your eyes immediately will be drawn to the bar area with ample seating built around gorgeous brickwork. Look around and you will be mesmerized by the remnants from the old church including the stained glass windows, high cathedral ceilings and old pews repurposed as seating along the walls paired with rustic wood tables emblazoned with the Moeller logo. A few TVs will be spread around the main tasting room as well.

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A 10-barrel brewhouse will allow Moeller Brew Barn to brew all of the beer for the Troy taphouse and to experiment with different styles utilizing different yeast strains, the founder said. A brick oven will provide shareable appetizers and pizzas, including a Brie, Pomegranate and Prosciutto pizza and a South Carolina Pizza topped with smoked brisket, pork belly and a mustard barbecue sauce. 

A sneak peek inside Troy's new Moeller Brew Barn during a Pink Ribbon Girls special event on June 13, 2019. MICHELLE FONG/STAFF

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