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Craft beer growth keeps business flowing for Butchertown tap company

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Just like bourbon, the craft beer industry is in the midst of huge growth and it's not just a benefit to bars and breweries. It's also a boon to accessory companies that aid the flow of beer from creator to customer.

The Crescent Hill Craft House just opened a couple of weeks ago at 2636 Frankfort Avenue in Louisville's Crescent Hill neighborhood.

Its owner is Beau Kerley had 40 taps installed by a small, locally owned tap installation company. 

"We've tried to spotlight all of the Kentucky beers and ones from Southern Indiana too," says Kerley, "forty craft beers on tap, you don't see that too often."

To install and maintain Kerley's sophisticated tap system, he hired a Louisville based company called Drinkswell Service Company whose offices are in the Butchertown neighborhood.

"We use the most advanced technology in craft beer to pour this beer and to make sure it comes into the glass clean," says Drinkswell taps installer Evan Bullen, the nephew of the company's owner Ed Bullen. He says business is so good he can hardly keep up with all of the work.

On Wednesday he was fine tuning the tap system at the Crescent Hill Craft House.

"For an installation of this size we are the only people in town who can do this kind of work," says Bullen, "we've gotten busier and busier, this year it's a record for our company."

Ed Bullen founded his company in his garage in 2006. Today its footprint is large.

"Our region is roughly a triangle from Indianapolis to Cincinnati to Nashville and everything in between including Louisville and even down into Paducah," says Ed Bullen.

Drinkswell has had some big projects and well as small ones.

"We've done Great American Ballpark (in Cincinnati), River Downs Casino and even someone's man cave," says owner Bullen.

While both Bullens are staying very busy these days, the job does have its perks.

"It's what we like to do and we get to enjoy beer everyday," laughs Ed Bullen.

A recent study backs up what the Bullens are saying. IBIS World, a national research firm, says the craft beer production industry is expected to grow 16.8% in 2014.

It looks like the Bullens will stay busy for awhile.

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