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County’s first brewery to open Friday

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By Amanda Manning

Oldham County’s first brewery, Third Turn Brewing, is officially opening in Crestwood this Friday.

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Business partners Greg Hayden, Dale Shinkle, Ben Shinkle and Brian Minrath have transformed the former Boone Gardiner Garden Center in Crestwood into a beer garden, tap room, bar and future event space.

The building that the owners remodeled features reclaimed wood both on the outside and inside.  Sixteen beers will be served on tap inside, while another 16 will be served at the outdoor bar. Six of those beers will Third Turn’s own. “As we start to brew more beer, we'll start to put more of ours on as well,” Hayden explained.

Both indoors and outdoors are long communal tables patrons will have the option to sit at, which is also made of reclaimed wood. Outside in the beer garden and in the indoor taproom are smaller, more intimate tables.

The brewery also features standing room for patrons to watch and listen to future concerts. 

The facility will serve craft beer in 10 or 16-ounce glasses, with the option to taste test in a five-ounce glasses.

While they are waiting to begin brewing onsite in Crestwood, Hayden says they are maximizing their Jeffersontown location in the meantime. “We're hoping we're popular out here, but we don't know and we don't know how quick beer is going to go,” he explained. “So that will help us determine.”

Since the Era last spoke to them in January, the group has decided to create an event space and serve food, signing on with a company that has not yet been revealed.

They are still planning on creating – and testing soon – an all Oldham County beer. Right now, the facility only has approximately 60 parking spaces – so Hayden suggests that patrons use a ride-sharing service such as Uber or Lyft. 

“Which we suggest, by the way, for anyone who wants to come out here and drink regularly, especially if they don't have a designated driver,” he added.

Hayden and Ben Shinkle said that they are excited to educate Oldham County about taproom culture. “It’s breaking in a new set of folks to that whole culture. I love that,” Shinkle said. “I like seeing people’s palettes go from macro beers to something that’s made here.”  

“We want this to be Oldham County's brewery,” Hayden previously told the Era. “Breweries become meeting spaces for people.” 

The brewery is scheduled to open Friday at 3 p.m. at 6300 Old La Grange Road. It will be open Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.