Just about a year ago, Dr. Trent Prault and Jay Shell were preparing an order for a much larger brewing system worth more than $110,000. The supplier closed, the $55,000 down payment vanished and a complicated legal battle ensued, ending in favor of Rome City Brewing Co but with no real financial relief expected. (Background)
Even that didn’t stop the plans to build a 10-barrel brewery in the former 333 on Broad, an extension of the brewhouse at 325 Broad St. A new order was placed and on Monday afternoon, a cloaked flatbed rolled up to Tribune Street between RBCC and The Forum to begin the offload and install.
Once everything is hooked up and some critical testing completed, look for Rome City Brewery to considerably expand its ability to sell its growing family of craft brews, now served from Cedartown to Ellijay — and at several spots around here as well. Expanded brewing could begin as soon as next week — in addition to what the four-barrel system has been producing at 325 Broad St.
Once finished, the brewing operation will take place on the first floor of 333 Broad St. with a tasting room and outdoor patio upstairs. Look for a small cafe-like operation there as well in addition to main restaurant a few doors down.
While the designation is brewery/brew pub, look for the finished operation to be more of a downtown destination. With a glass wall soon to be added, the brewery will become a show piece. Shell and Prault hope to have everything in place, brewing and serving by late February or early March.