Covington, Ky.-based Braxton Brewing Co. announced plans to expand its presence to Fort Mitchell, Ky., with the opening of a new barrel-aging brewery and taproom. Expected to open this fall, the Braxton Barrel House will offer a unique experience for patrons by giving them the opportunity to create custom private-barrel picks of the company’s barrel-aged brews, it says.

The Braxton Barrel House is a prime way to celebrate Kentucky’s rich bourbon culture while continuing to create the unique experiences for which the brewing company is known, the company adds.

The location of the brewery and taproom is a unique space as it was once a Remke grocery store. The 2,000-square-foot loading dock will be redeveloped with large glass garage doors and a spacious outdoor patio. The 20,000-square-foot warehouse under the main floor will house the barrel-aged beer, while a taproom for guests will be constructed on top. Ranging from $500 to $5,000, custom private barrel picks can yield upwards of 300 bottles of barrel aged-beer, the company says.

“We’ve always been focused on creating one-of-a-kind experiences for our guests — both in the tap room and beyond,” said Jake Rouse, co-founder and chief executive officer of Braxton Brewing, in a statement. "We’re looking forward to sharing the Braxton Barrel House with Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati-area beer and bourbon drinkers who love Kentucky’s culture as much as we do. To our knowledge, this is the nation’s first dedicated private barrel program, and we’re so proud to open the doors to our newest location."

Jude Hehman, mayor of Fort Mitchell commented: “The Braxton Barrel House and entertainment venue is very exciting and adds to the unique characteristics of our city. We look forward to the transformation of the Remke site and welcome new businesses like Braxton that will add to the walkability and neighborhood-friendly culture we are creating.”

Braxton is a brewery dedicated to making a material impact on a very fast-growing beer industry, the company says. To fulfil that promise, Braxton is creating a facility and experience for customers to participate in the barrel aging process, it adds.