Building 1 – This is the old church building.
- The bottom floor of this building will be the Taproom/Lounge. The brewery expects to have around 10 beers on tap here and the space will have room for around 200 people. They hope to have music from Thursday-Sunday in this smaller of the two performance venues in Urban Artifact. Because this is also their taproom space, these shows won’t have cover charges.
- Upstairs in the church building is the former sanctuary. This is the larger of the two performace spaces, and will open further down the line in what they are calling “phase 2”, which is expected to be complete in “about a year”. The sanctuary will be able to house somewhere around 500 people and will be a place for larger, ticketed events and concerts.
Building 2 – This is the old gymnasium, behind the church.
This is where the Urban Artifact brewery lives. The actual brewery will not be a public space, although they will offer tours of the space. The last month has been exciting on social media with their brew house being delivered and installed, if you aren’t already, you need to follow them on Facebook for updates on this and all their progress.
Building 3 – The Rectory
- This space will hopefully have a restaurant in the lower level, although they are currently still in negotiations with this.
- The upper floors will house offices for environmental nonprofit Groundwork Cincinnati and another business to be determined.
The Green Space
- This is an area that is between the rectory (Restaurant) and the Church (Taproom), and will become an outdoor beer garden.
This…in a nutshell is Urban Artifact. They are taking over a historic building, and trying to keep as much of it’s soul alive in the new space, saving and re-purposing as much of the architectural details as they can. It’s all important to the vision they are creating.
You may have noticed that with the change to Urban Artifact came a new website (ArtifactBeer.com) and a new look for the project. The new design was created by local designer Jason Snell of We Have Become Vikings who designed the “Cincinnati Strongman” mural in OTR, and helped with the creation of Lumenocity. The new logo draws inspiration on the architecture of the church that Urban Artifact now calls home.
On another note… I had this entire post written and ready to post, when this little gem popped up on my twitter feed:
So…what can you look forward to in the near future? Looks like with brewing commencing this week, you can look forward to hearing about opening dates soon enough, keep your eyes peeled to this blog and their Facebook page. They hinted at a collaboration of sorts with FUNKe FIRED ARTS, but have yet to explain what that might be. I can guess beer mugs of some sort…but we will see in time. I think it’s a bigger sign of some great local collaboration and support of local artists and businesses that we have to look forward to from Urban Artifact.
Something else new? The news just started rolling last night that the brewery is now hiring… so if you’ve got a hankering to get your feet wet in this world of craft beer, head on over to their website and see what you can come up with. It’s not really work if you love what you’re doing.
It’s only a matter of time before the construction is done…stools are in, and beer is flowing from their taps! The timeline looks to be “Spring” as of right now, so stay tuned!