Though 100 yards or so away isn't much of a move, to be fair
Ill Mannered Brewing Company recently opened its new brewery and taproom in Powell. The facility, not even 100 yards to the east of its old space, is a new standalone building that features quadruple the brewing space, a 1,500-square-foot taproom, a 1,400-square-foot patio and a designated parking spot for food trucks.
The opening arrives just in time for Ill Mannered's third anniversary celebration on Saturday, Aug. 18. Beginning at noon and ending around 10 p.m., the festivities include an assortment of barrel-aged and cellared beers on tap, including a brut IPA and a Russian imperial stout. The Pit BBQ Grille food truck will also be on site.
Tom Ayers, head brewer for Ill Mannered, said the reaction to the new space has been overwhelming. “It's been an incredible response,” he said. “It's been really busy. We're trying our best to keep up.”
Founded in 2015 by four homebrewing friends, Ill Mannered began its life in a small storefront in a Powell strip mall. The brewery has retained the original location for storage, and Ayers said the brewery's intention is to use it for a private event space in the future, as well as a space for barrel-aging or mixed fermentation.
Both Ayers and Greg Dannemiller — another one of the founders — now work full-time at the brewery. The two came on board full-time roughly two years ago, around the time the brewery expanded capacity, added wholesale accounts and began searching for a new location.
“We wanted to stay in the Powell community,” Ayers said. “So that was important to us, but there weren't a lot of spaces that fit the bill for a brewery. We were looking at everything — from moving to adding a second location and anything in-between. We just kept focused on growing the business in any way that made sense. That meant we had to evaluate all options and keep an open mind. We were in active lease negotiations on several places, one of which would have added a second location; [another] two would have caused us to move.”
In the end, the group began working with a developer to design and build out the new space close to the original Ill Mannered location.
The brewery also added Tuesday hours, and plans to expand Sunday hours. It's also planning to add hours to accommodate for Ohio State football games this fall.