After working on permits and getting design approval from the Rome Historic Preservation Committee over last two months, the expansion of the Rome City Brewing Co. at 333 Broad St. is finally under way. Owner Jay Shell and brewing partner Dr. Trent Prault gathered friends together on Saturday to begin demolition work to the building just two doors down from the current Rome City Brewing Co. at 325 Broad St.
“We’re trying to do as much work as we can ourselves but this is a big job and we will have contractors in here soon. We will have our architect plans for the interior within the next seven to 10 days and then we hope contractors will be ready to start by Sept. 1 on re-doing the front and back entrances of the building,” says Shell.
Crews will be taking all the sheet rock and materials down to the original brickwork. “We plan to leave it as raw and natural as we can. This building will have a lot of character.”
The 333 building will be an extension of the RCBC with a new 10-barrel brewing system on the bottom level and roof top bar/tasting room on the upper level.
“We will have a completely renovated roof top bar and a small banquet area. We will have a very light and simple menu, and our craft beer … probably some acoustic music … a very laid back atmosphere,” he says.
“A year ago, we started this process with hopes and dreams of expanding one day. I never imagined that our craft beer would lead us to expand this quick.”
Their craft beer operation has skyrocketed since opening last fall and expanded into a variety of craft beers from Short Hot Blonde to Broad Street Lemon Wheat.
Shell says the new brewing equipment is expected to arrive at the 333 building in November and December. With both locations, Rome City Brewing Co. will have a 14-barrel system and that will allow Shell and Prault to expand distribution of their beers.