Extol Magazine

OCT-NOV 2016

Extol Magazine Celebrating Southern Indiana is a local publication that covers stories about businesses people places or events throughout the cities of New Albany Jeffersonville Clarksville Sellersburg and Louisville KY

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BY NICK CARTER | PHOTOS BY JOSH KEOWN In the short time that the Floyd County Brewing Company has been in existence, it has made a serious impression on the New Albany scene, writing their own bit of history into the land that once was a thriving steamboat community. It was with a nod to the past, and eyes set firmly on the future, that owners Brian and Julie Hampton decided to pour everything they had into this charming brewpub. Back in 2009, while on vacation in Ireland, and after a successful marriage proposal, the soon-to-be-wedded Hamptons began to look toward the future and their lives together. As they noshed on fish and chips and knocked back pints of Guinness in one of the many historic public houses of the Emerald Isle, they quickly realized they had come upon something truly special that every person should get the chance to experience. It was then that the couple decided they wanted to build an establishment that was incredibly unique and bring a little bit of Ireland (and maybe a touch of Monty Python) to their Southern Indiana hometown. Over the next five years, they worked tirelessly to get their finances in order to see their dream become a reality one day, and finally in November 2014, that much anticipated day came to fruition. A Meal Fit for a King at the Floyd County Brewing Company e next 11 months became a complete whirlwind as the Hamptons took the historic home they purchased on the corner of First and Main and turned it into the public house of their dreams. Along with restoring the home itself, additional space was needed to accommodate the brewing operations, commercial kitchen and the taproom. "My wife and I are proud to say that we fully own the business with no corporate investors or ties," Brian said, "and we actually own the real estate, allowing us to completely invest in the community." at same community investment is also what led to the Irish brewpub concept, but with a unique and quirky twist: Brian wanted to give the neighborhood something they had not yet seen and, relying on his long-seeded interest in British humor, he took a nod from the comedy classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail. With much of the decor and artwork being created by Brian himself, he worked with Head Chef David Stewart and Head Brewer Jeff Coe to develop a food and beverage menu that seamlessly blended Brian and Julie's time in Ireland with a great sense of humor. And with menu items like, for instance, the Motley Crueben, a twist on a classic Rueben sandwich, and the Hoppy Jester IPA, the Hamptons' vision comes through as clear as a gypsy's crystal ball. Commitment to community and the utmost quality is also what led Brian Hampton to source as much of his ingredients locally as possible. e Cheese experience 42 EXTOL • OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2016

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