$12 million distillery + brewery project coming to Smoketown


The buildings to be redeveloped on Lampton Street for the new brewery + distillery. | Photo by LOUtoday

The Merchant’s Ice Tower property at 801 Logan St. in Smoketown is set to become a new distillery + brewery.

The $12 million project will be redeveloped in two phases — the first of which will actualize Trellis Brewing Co. + the second will introduce Ferncliff Distillery.

Here are some quick details on the project:

  • The distillery will be developed by Beargrass Development + Kyle Jahn is the registered agent on the brewery development.
  • Ferncliff Distillery was a circa-1870 distillery that operated on the same site at 930 Lampton St. + once reopened it will be a small, craft distillery.
  • The Schaefer-Meyer Brewing Co. also operated on this site in 1889 + produced 50,000 barrels of beer each year.
  • Beargrass Development is seeking $10 million in industrial revenue bonds from the city for the project.
  • Beargrass Development is working with the Smoketown Neighborhood Association to craft a community benefits agreement a contract requiring developers to provide certain amenities or mitigations to the community.