This is a story coming from Evansville Courier and Press and the Kokomo Tribune.
Revamping old buildings has quickly become a hobby for some people.
For Nick Davidson, he enjoys recycling old buildings.
His most recent project is opening a Tin Man Brewing Company in downtown Kokomo’s historic train depot.
Much like Tin Man’s Evansville location, which Davidson said is based in a roughly 120-year-old building, the company’s location choice in Kokomo was centered on one major philosophy: reutilization.
“My wife and I, we do our part for the environment, we try to recycle everything possible. And when I opened up my own business and brewery, I wanted to do the same there. If you’re doing it in your personal life and not your business, then you’re not really doing it.”
Inside the depot itself, which the company is hoping will entice local customers, Davidson said that old flooring ripped up to allow for brewing equipment was repurposed to create tables, wall portions and more.
After falling slightly behind schedule, Davidson said Tin Man’s Kokomo taproom is expected to open by the end of the year.
The company’s brewing operations will follow in March or April, he said, once the company obtains the necessary permits.
Until that time, Tin Man will ship beer from Evansville, as workers have been doing.
The company will also begin brewing its Kokomo-centric beer – a honey blonde ale that will utilize locally-sourced honey – in Evansville for a limited-supply offering during the Kokomo opening.
The Tin Man-only alcohol menu is something Davidson called a “hurdle.” But that doesn’t mean customers won’t be able to find what they already like best about American beer.
“It doesn’t get any more domestic than: it’s made right there. That is our domestic beer, the stuff we make.”
Notably, the taproom will not serve food, but it will allow customers to bring in food, and menus will be supplied from area establishments like Oscar’s Pizza, 3 Amigos and more.
The Kokomo option should serve, said Davidson, as an opportunity for the Kokomo market to become more familiar with craft beer and what Tin Man is trying to bring to the Midwest.
“We really like the aspect of craft beer where we are teaching people about it and educating them about different styles. We really like that part of craft beer; I think that’s a fun part. I think it’s going to be similar in this market as it was in Evansville, where we are kind of educating people about craft beer who are new to it.”