BREW WORKS FOR ME- 223 W. Main will house not one but two new business ventures in Independence. Morrison Builders, Inc has decided to purchase and renovate the building. In the basement the sweet, sweet brew of beer will be manufactured and the rest will be converted into loft apartments. Downtown Independence will be hoppin’.
Ellie Davis. | Staff photo
BREW WORKS FOR ME- 223 W. Main will house not one but two new business ventures in Independence. Morrison Builders, Inc has decided to purchase and renovate the building. In the basement the sweet, sweet brew of beer will be manufactured and the rest will be converted into loft apartments. Downtown Independence will be hoppin’. Ellie Davis. | Staff photo
Independence can expect a new local place to invest their hard earned money for some sweet, cold libation. A brewery by the name of Brew WorKS is coming soon. Robert and Jessica Box, recently of Lubbock, Texas have an adventure brewing. After getting into the craft brew scene in Raleigh, NC the Box’s got the bug to open their own business. “I wanted to do something I’d be proud of, proud to run, it’s a cool thing,” Box said. “We wanted to create something that someone could see in a different town, in a different state and say ‘that’s from my hometown!’ ” Brew WorKS’s brewmaster, Tim Hardy, is well qualified to lead the way. Hardy traveled all the way to Munich, Germany to attend and then graduate from the World Brewing Academy. “He has his masters degree in beer,” Box chuckled. The well traveled trio have set their sights in Independence after moving to be closer to family in Coffeyville. Brew WorKS is looking to have six to eight beers on tap, half of them staples and the other seasonal brews and concoctions. As for food, the brewery has met with and is considering partnering with different area restaurants and food trucks to be potential contributors of the late night or evening munchies for brewery patrons. “We wanted to partner with restaurants to emphasize that we’re a part of the community, not competition,” Box said. Brew WorKS’s current opening is scheduled roughly for the first or early second quarter of 2019. The equipment needed for the brewery will take around five months to ship after ordering, and they plan on placing their orders in the next week or two. An extensive amount of work will go into the build- ing before it’s ready to be open, but Box says they won’t be doing anything too drastic to keep the overall feel of a downtown Independence building. “We’re just putting some life back into it.” Box also said he looks forward to a minimalistic, almost industrial aesthetic for the inside. “Exposed brick, lots of glass windows in the front, clean.” Independence Daily Reporter will follow the story as it updates, and will investigate what happens when lots of glass windows meets lots of beer drinkers.