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Mad Paddle Brewing opens
microbrewery in Madison, Ind.

Owner plans to keep expanding
to offer food options, patio

The long-awaited opening of the Mad Paddle Brewing Co. in downtown Madison, Ind., took place in mi-December with a soft opening on Dec. 20 and a public opening the following week. Dozens of people came through the door at 301 West St. to see the partial renovation by owner Jerry Wade of the 12,000-square-foot former feed mill and sample some of the craft beers on tap.
“We had a great turnout and look forward to serving the Madison community well into the future,” said Wade, 59, a New Castle, Ind., native.

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Mad Paddle Brewing Co. owner Jerry Wade cuts the ribbon at the grand opening event, organized by the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce.

Mad Paddle craft beer began selling its first brew. Wicket Blond Ale, last summer at Madison’s festivals and events after contracting with New Albanian Brewery in New Albany, Ind., to make it. Mad Paddle began by offering tastings and selling his new craft beer at RiverRoots Music and Folk Art Festival. He also set up his beer sales at the Madison Regatta’s Roostertail Music Festival, the Madison Ribberfest and a craft beer event in nearby North Vernon, Ind. Last September, they were even able to convince the Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art committee and the VisitMadison Inc. tourism board to allow Mad Paddle to set up an alcohol tent for the first time in the festival’s 48-year history.
As a result of his tastings and beer sales, Wade generated a local following for his Mad Paddle beer even before the doors opened at the brewery. They have since added an IPA beer, an Irish red Ale and a Chocolate Stout. At Mad Paddle Brewery, visitors can purchase not only the locally made brews but also several craft beers from around the state of Indiana.
Mad Paddle does not yet offer food sales, however, a local food truck is available outside the building on certain nights. Bad Apple Macs, located on Madison’s Main Street, is now offering a portion of its menu for delivery to Mad Paddle patrons. Visitors can also bring in food or order pizza delivery.

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Mad Paddle Brewing customers get their first taste of the new brewery’s craft beers that are on tap at 301 West St. in Madison, Ind.

Mad Paddle plans to install its larger brewing equipment in the building in mid-2019, Wade said. He is seeking an outside food partner to establish a kitchen in the next-door building that Wade recently purchased at 307 West St. He wants the food operator to be able to feed more than 200 people in the large beam room that once housed an art gallery and also those in other expanding seating areas on the first and second floors.
Wade said he is only using 1/10th of the massive, three-story building so far. He plans to eventually use some of the space for special events, meetings and weddings. He also has created a concrete patio on the backside of the building where patrons will be able to sit outside next spring and summer.

The brewery’s hours are 4:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays; 4:30-10:30 p.m. Fridays; 12:30-10:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 12:30-6:30 p.m. Sundays. Learn more at the brewery website at www.MadPaddle.com.

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