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Jeffersontown church transformed into local craft beer brewery

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---In the community of Jeffersontown, there's a new business on Watterson Trail that's quickly gaining attention.

“It was a church, and then a Moose lodge, and then a church again, and then a Moose Lodge again,” said 3rd Turn Brewing co-owner Brian Minrath.

In the spot where people were once baptized, beers are now being poured.

It's called 3rd Turn Brewing and it opened on September 17.

A lot of work has happened inside the building to transform it into a brewery. The co-owners purchased the building on June 1, and say they are trying to keep as much of the original architecture as they can.

The plaster, dry wall and paneling were removed from the walls to highlight the stained glass windows. The owners would also like to make the windows visible from the outside of the building.

They also transformed the ceiling inside.

“It had two ceilings in it. Those were removed,” said Minrath.

Marks on the floor from where the pulpit once stood remain visible.

The brewery was started by a group of friends who met in college and kept a yearly tradition.

“What do you say when you go to Derby? Meet you at 3rd turn. And that's exactly where we met,” said 3rd Turn Brewing co-owner Greg Hayden.

Their passion for craft beer now extends to east Louisville.

Co-owner Greg Hayden says it's the first craft beer brewery that isn't in downtown Louisville, Germantown or The Highlands.

“And when you look for where the next brewery is, you have to go outside of 264 to get to us and almost to 265, but then your next closest brewery isn't until you get to Lexington,” said Hayden.

“People have just loved it. People come in here and we hear 'this is what J-town needs so much' and it never gets old,” said Minrath.

They also have the support of nearby businesses. The brewery doesn’t offer food, but they do allow customers to order from nearby restaurants.

“Johnny V's, Loui Loui's, Ann Marie's Bacon Bar, they’re all bringing food to us, so if you're sitting here we have menus on the table. You can call up and order some food and they'll run you a pizza or whatever you want over,” said Minrath.

The business currently has 20 local beers on tap. In just two weeks, brewing equipment will arrive and allow the bar to also offer their own creations.

“We'll be brewing about four barrels a day for about 3-4 days a week,” said Hayden.

In a city that's known for its bourbon, craft beer hasn't been forgotten.

“So I think that's kinda coming back. The idea of the neighborhood brewery is important to people,” said Hayden.

3rd Turn Brewing is open every Thursday through Sunday. The business opens at 4 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, 12 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. on Sundays.

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