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HighGrain Brewing Co. Takes Root In Village of Silverton

The craft beer revolution shows no signs of stopping in Greater Cincinnati and the Village of Silverton could be the latest community to get a new brewery.

Silverton village leaders are partnering with a trio of entrepreneurs to breathe new life into the Memorial Municipal Building at 6860 Plainfield Road.

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According to the village’s 2017 annual report, the goal is to turn the site into a craft brewery/taproom/restaurant.

A place where food & beer meet

The project’s head brewer — Matt Utter — is the former head brewer at Over-the-Rhine’s Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., and has recently worked with the Cincy Beer Fest crew. Utter studied brewing at schools in Munich and Langerringen in Germany. He also worked for König Ludwig Schloßbrauerei Kaltenberg in Fürstenfeldbruck.

“We’re opening a brewpub to treat beer and food as one, cohesive concept,” Utter said.

The brewery will be called “HighGrain Brewing Co.” and the owners aim to make it Cincinnati’s most sustainable brewery and restaurant. HighGrain also plans to have outdoor seating at the brewpub in addition to its taproom, restaurant, and brewhouse.

“Silverton has been a great resource to help us get our business off the ground. The Village sought us out to be the anchor of their transformation and growth,” Utter said.

The brewer wants to help grow the Silverton community and that’s what spurred his team to pick a location in the heart of the Silverton business district.

Joining the community

“We have a strong, small business community of family restaurants and bars. We think that by adding another destination — a craft brewery and quality restaurant — it’ll help spur more traffic for our existing business,” Village Manager Tom Carroll said. “We also want to preserve the building. It was built in 1952 — it’s built like a rock — and we felt that a brewery and restaurant is the most financially responsible way to do that.”

The village is providing a $275,000 loan to the brewers. Carroll said that loan is forgivable in five or 10 years if the brewery meets the terms of their agreement with the city.

“It’s been a goal of Silverton — going back to 2008 — to turn the corner of Plainfield and Montgomery over to the private sector,” Carroll said.

The project is also getting help from Hamilton County to rehabilitate the Memorial Municipal Building in addition to a $35,000 grant from Duke Energy to help with brewery design and renovation costs.

Utter said, “Grain grows tallest when cared for so we’re making a sustainable brewery to help our community grow as well.”

The team hopes to be slinging suds out of their new home by the end of 2018.

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