Crooked Handle to open new Piqua brewery in January

Credit: Natalie Jones

Credit: Natalie Jones

Crooked Handle Brewing Co. is opening the doors to its newest brewery at 123 N. Main St. in Piqua on Thursday, Jan. 5, according to owner Jason Moore.

Moore owns the brewery with his wife, Kristy, and longtime friends, Jeff and Emily Pedro.

The Piqua brewery is located in a 11,000-square-foot building that previously housed Piqua Granite and Marble Company.

“(Expansion) was always on our radar,” Moore said. “We weren’t actively looking. We were waiting for something to come up that was the right fit and that was Piqua as part of their park redevelopment.”

Moore told they were approached by the city of Piqua regarding a vision of a brewpub anchoring the redevelopment of the Lock 9 Park on the corner of Water and Main Streets. He said the park, which is a DORA or “Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area,” is expected to have a splash pad, amphitheater and much more.

He said he is excited to be part of something so much bigger.

“That’s the reason we did it,” Moore said. “We loved the vision from the beginning.”

Credit: Natalie Jones

Credit: Natalie Jones

Crooked Handle Brewing Co. will feature a taproom seating over 150 people with a full-service bar and kitchen, in addition to an event space seating 160 people and an outdoor patio with a full view of the Great Miami River, Moore said.

Guests will be able to order from a variety of spirits, craft cocktails, seltzers, wines and 16 beer taps, he explained. The kitchen, which is four times bigger than their Springboro kitchen, will serve pizza, sandwiches, burgers, wings, nachos and more. Moore said 90 percent of the food served will be made-from-scratch.

Crooked Handle Brewing Co. is a small-batch brewery with a variety of unique beers. Moore said customers can expect anything from a peanut butter porter to a toasted marshmallow stout.

He said favorite beers include the Trinity Haze and Main St. The new brewery will feature a Piqua Pale Ale made with hops from a local farmer.

Crooked Handle Brewing Co. opened its first location at 760 N. Main Street in Springboro in 2015.

“I just love seeing people happy with the product,” Moore said. “It’s something I used to make in my garage and now they’re driving out and coming to our place.”

Credit: Natalie Jones

Credit: Natalie Jones

Moore added he is looking forward to “the possibilities” of their new space. The brewery will feature live music, classes, workshops and more.

Crooked Handle Brewing Co. is hiring cooks. Moore said they are planning to open Thursday through Sunday and expand from there. For more information, visit or the brewery’s Facebook page (@crookedhandlepiqua).

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