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New microbreweries hoping to cash in on Louisville's craft beer boom

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Microbreweries set to open in Louisville show that the craft beer boom in Louisville is still at its peak. Microbreweries set to open in Louisville show that the craft beer boom in Louisville is still at its peak.
The Great Flood Brewing Company, located at 2120 Bardstown Road, is set to open February 2014. The Great Flood Brewing Company, located at 2120 Bardstown Road, is set to open February 2014.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- How far can the craft beer boom go in Louisville? Apparently, it is not tapped out yet.

Right now, 2120 Bardstown Road near Douglas Loop looks like an empty storefront. But if you look closely at one window, there is a sign that reads "Coming Soon, The Great Flood Brewing Company."

It is just one of about a half-dozen such microbreweries set to open in the coming months around Kentuckiana.

One of the owners of the Great Flood took WDRB News on a tour of the new craft brewery now under construction.

Co-owner Matt Fuller showed WDRB the three tanks where the beer making process begins.

"It is where we mix the water with the grain to create the sugar, and the last one is where we boil the water and add hops and other flavoring," explained Fuller, who opening the new business with two other partners.

Fuller admits it has been a lot of work getting the business off the ground. But it is something he and his two partners have been wanting to do for awhile now.

"We were college buddies, and we did home brewing. We started drinking the beer and we thought, 'why not make it?' and we wanted to get into the business, so it kind of became a real expensive hobby really fast," Fuller said.

Fuller says he and his partners were all business majors so they feel they have good business sense along with the passion for making beer.

So what will make the Great Flood a little different from other craft breweries?

"We could have four different beers every week, so we are really going to experiment and push the envelope," explained Fuller.

So is there a chance the market is saturated?

One of Fuller's partners doesn't think so.

"There is plenty of room," said business partner Zachary Barnes, "the market is still right for more such breweries -- Louisville is a great environment and a great city with plenty of room for growth."

Paul Hagan agrees. It has been 20 years since he opened the Bluegrass Brewing Company.

"Micro brewers are growing," said Hagan. "People are liking them more and more and they are trying them more, too."

Hagan now owns three BBC locations, and he believes there is room for even more growth.

"The craft brew segment has been growing nationally for a long time, now 10 to 12 percent a year, and I guess with all of that demand there is still a demand for the smaller breweries."

The owners of the Great Flood hope to be open and making beer by the end of February.

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