Crooked Handle Brewing Co. joined the OCBA during the construction of its Springboro site, 760 N. Main Street, in the summer of 2015.
As Moore takes on a more active role in the association, Crooked Handle Brewing Co. is finishing the finishing touches on its second brewery in Piqua.
“We grew organically, not trying to force anything we weren’t prepared to handle,” Moore said. “We always planned to expand our brewery to other locations and were actively looking for a property that made sense for our business.”
Moore said Dayton.com they were approached by the town of Piqua regarding a vision for a brewery anchoring the redevelopment of Lock 9 Park at the corner of Water and Main Street.
He said the new brewery will move into a completely renovated 11,000 square foot space with a full view of the Great Miami River.
“We were able to apply what we’ve learned over the past six years to this new design-build,” Moore said. “We are tripling our production capacity with a fully visible brewhouse that allows for further expansion.”
The brewery, which is slated to open this fall, will also have a larger kitchen and private event space that guests can reserve for special events, Moore said.
Moore is originally from Fairborn but spent much of her childhood growing up on a farm in Adams County. He said he moved back to the Miami Valley in 2000 and now lives in Springboro with his wife, Kristy.
He said his brother-in-law from Fort Collins, Colorado was the first to introduce him to craft beer and home brewing. He said it wasn’t until a tour at New Belgium in Fort Collins that he became much interested in the industry.
“It was refreshing to hear the stories of these humble beginnings growing into one of the largest employee-owned craft breweries in the country,” Moore said. “Each brewery we visited gave us directions to their next favorite in town.”
Moore said an industry full of supportive craft beer enthusiasts was not the business norm he was used to.
In 2008 he started home brewing as a hobby and shared his beers with family and friends.
“Our little hobby quickly turned into a passion that led to us owning our first brewery and we’ve never looked back,” Moore said.
He said his favorite part of his brewing journey is “the endless creativity of brewing new beers and providing a fun and inviting place for our team members to thrive and guests to enjoy” .
“Our goal is to guide you to your favorite drink and we want that experience to be memorable,” he added.
For those considering starting their own brewery, Moore said they should join the OCBA as a brewery in an effort to learn more about the industry.
For more information about the OCBA, visit www.ohiocraftbeer.org.