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3rd Turn Brewing opens second location in Crestwood, Ky.

New venture is open at former nursery
on Old Lagrange Road

CRESTWOOD, Ky. (October 2017) – 3rd Turn Brewing is an up and coming place to gather and meet new friends. Four friends, Greg Hayden, Brian Minrath and brothers Ben and Dale Shinkle, own and operate a small brewery with a community taproom at 10408 Watterson Trail in Jeffersontown, Ky.
After two years providing craft beers, bourbons and specialty drinks, they decided to expand into Oldham County renovating an old landscape building into a second brewery.
3rd Turn Brewing recently opened in October at 6300 Old Lagrange Rd. in Crestwood, Ky.
Their experience in Jeffersontown was a big factor in deciding where to open a second location.

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Co-owners of 3rd Turn Brewing are (from left) Ben Shinkle, Greg Hayden, Brian Minrath and Dale Shinkle.

Currently, Oldham County folks must drive outside the county to get to the nearest brewery, but not for long. Also, they have many family and friends in the area and are looking to make more friends as they open in the Oldham County community.
“We just moved to J-town and had our first visit to 3rd Turn as a family (dog and first child) and we had a great time,” said Hayden Mauro. “The patio was perfect and the beers delicious. Any place that welcomes our lucky dog with such hospitality is great in our eyes. We will definitely be back.”
The quad of friends took a non-traditional path of opening a brewery in a unique space. It was in a part of town where there were a lot of neighborhoods and great people without options for craft beer. Then they listened when folks told them that they wanted a spot to meet their neighbors. They didn’t want to drive far or search for parking or feel rushed.
“This is our regular Friday night spot where my husband and I meet up with our friends and mingle with the owners and staff,” said patron Becky Pauley Noah. “I love that we can bring our dog, Truly, to mingle as well. It’s comfortable, homey, fun and always has such great beer. It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to Jeffersontown.”
During their infinite quest to find a unique space, they loved the idea of finding a location with a focus on the outside of the building or having the ability to drink while enjoying the outdoors. They drove around the county searching for great outdoor spots and spoke with people that lived in the area. After a few months, a Crestwood location became available, and they fell in love with it the moment they saw it.
It was a mess, having been abandoned for a while as a former nursery, but their experience in refurbishing and reusing reclaimed materials led them to believe that it had good bones. After all, if they could make a brewery work in an 1878 church in Jeffersontown, surely, they could make a brewery work anywhere, they figured.
The site’s existing greenhouses have been converted to beer gardens and will be the star of the show. There are other great features, too. The bars are beautifully crafted from barrel staves, and the outside of the building uses wood from a 100-year-old barn. Plus, there will be future event space that will be equally as unique as it is functional.
“3rd Turn was the venue for my wedding. They were extremely welcoming, and the owners went above and beyond for my special day,” said patron Heather  Montgomery.
Now these friends will have two brewery sites from which to choose for events.
The soft opening at the new location in Crestwood was held September 29-30. Dates and hours going forward will be 3-10 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 3-11 p.m. Saturdays. These hours will allow the owners to gauge the demand for longer hours. They are currently planning a few events for the next few months, introducing themselves to Oldham County.
Currently, the Jefferson-town brewery is ramping up to full-time capacity, while determining the demand in Oldham County. Once those two pieces of information are known, they plan to size the brewery to meet current and future demands, according to Hayden. All four friends have a passion for brewing as well as a brewing background, which should make this new venture fun.
“This is what we believe makes 3rd Turn special – the connections,” Hayden said. “We want to be a part of the community and love to share our stories and introduce our families to the people that come to our location.”
The vibe in both locations has a very similar feel. They do not rush people in or come to tables to push more product. They want visitors to relax and enjoy good beer along with good conversations with friends. The significant difference between the two sites is that the inside space in Jeffersontown is the main attraction with the beautiful church architecture, while Oldham County location offers space for an outside beer gardens.
“We hope over time that Oldham County will consider this to be their brewery and maybe help introduce us to your family and friends around the county,” Hayden said.

• For more information, call 3rd Turn Brewing at (502) 482-3373 or visit: www.3rdturnbrewing.com.

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