'Brew Pub' owners close business, consider options - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

'Brew Pub' owners close business, consider options

Posted by Cody Holyoke - bio | email

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A 15 year institution, Montgomery Brewing Company brought in the crowds and helped build a changing neighborhood.

Today, it's shut down, empty, and out of business--for now.

"It's the hardest thing I've ever had to do," said owner Chris Ellis.

Ellis laid off 45 employees this week and locked the doors to the 'Brew Pub.'  Owners are working to perfect the formula for success and compete with newer hangouts at nearby Alley Station.

"They're new. We're not, and Montgomery has a tendency to flock to the new things," Ellis said.

Owners are working hard to adapt, entertaining plans to renovate the second and third floors of the building for business and residential space.

"There are so many options to sift through. We'll probably take a week or so just to digest those and figure out which options are best for us," Ellis said.

In the meantime, the bar is a ghost town and customers are left waiting.

"I know the 'Montgomery Blonde [beer]' goes really well with just about everything, but I really want the black and bleu burger, so I really hope they open their doors again soon," said Ashley Taylor of Montgomery.

"Our beer is the one thing that you can't duplicate. It's unique to us. And we feel like it's unique to Montgomery. That's why we want to keep it around," Ellis explained.

Right now, owners say they honestly don't know when the business will reopen. They say they hope in the weeks or months ahead to get the beer and the business flowing once again.

Owners are also hoping lawmakers will add legislation allowing the carryout sale of the 'Brew Pub's' beer in containers, which they say would help business tremendously.

©2010 WSFA. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

  • NewsMore>>

  • On Your Side Investigation: Daycare operators behind staph outbreak still in business

    On Your Side Investigation: Daycare Dangers

    Thursday, March 23 2017 12:28 PM EDT2017-03-23 16:28:27 GMT

    This video obtained by WBRC On Your Side Investigators gives us a look at the chaotic scene inside a Montgomery hospital after nearly 100 children became violently ill at a daycare.  The video was taken by a parent after bringing her sick child to the emergency room at Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery. It shows children on gurneys who appear listless, hooked up to IVs as hospital staff clamor to treat them.  The incident happened June 23, 2015 when there were 323...

    More >>

    This video obtained by WBRC On Your Side Investigators gives us a look at the chaotic scene inside a Montgomery hospital after nearly 100 children became violently ill at a daycare.  The video was taken by a parent after bringing her sick child to the emergency room at Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery. It shows children on gurneys who appear listless, hooked up to IVs as hospital staff clamor to treat them.  The incident happened June 23, 2015 when there were 323...

    More >>
  • On Your Side Investigation: New video of staph outbreak from daycare

    On Your Side Investigation: New video of staph outbreak from daycare

    Thursday, March 23 2017 12:28 PM EDT2017-03-23 16:28:04 GMT

    This video obtained by WBRC On Your Side Investigators gives us a look at the chaotic scene inside a Montgomery hospital after close to 100 children became violently ill at a daycare.  The video was taken by a parent whose child became ill. It shows children on gurneys who appear listless, hooked up to IVs as hospital staff clamor to treat them.  One parent tells On Your Side Investigators that by the time she got her two children to the hospital, they were severely dehydr...

    More >>

    This video obtained by WBRC On Your Side Investigators gives us a look at the chaotic scene inside a Montgomery hospital after close to 100 children became violently ill at a daycare.  The video was taken by a parent whose child became ill. It shows children on gurneys who appear listless, hooked up to IVs as hospital staff clamor to treat them.  One parent tells On Your Side Investigators that by the time she got her two children to the hospital, they were severely dehydr...

    More >>
  • The Montgomery circuit judge recuses in high-profile murder case.

    Judge recuses in murder case involving MPD officer

    Judge recuses in murder case involving MPD officer

    Thursday, March 23 2017 12:16 PM EDT2017-03-23 16:16:49 GMT
    A.C. Smith (Source: Montgomery County Detention Facility)A.C. Smith (Source: Montgomery County Detention Facility)

    A Montgomery circuit judge recuses in high-profile murder case.

    More >>

    A Montgomery circuit judge recuses in high-profile murder case.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly