Drinkswell is now more than just a service company tucked away in the Butchertown Market. Starting this week, the beer tap installation company will now be serving up what they help others perfect — cold, crisp craft beer from eight taps. It’ll be a tap room of sorts, open Wednesday through Friday from 4-10 p.m.
Edward Bullen started Drinkswell in 2005 because he saw a void in the market. As the craft beer boom hit a few years back, many bars and restaurants needed help expanding their offerings and putting more emphasis in the proper dispensing of draught beer.
With Bullen’s 30-year background as a brewer and his love of quality-served beer, it’s been a growing success. In fact, his company is up 40 percent from last year.
The three employees — Bullen, Bullen’s nephew Evan and John Kerley — spend most of their week installing lines at bars and restaurants throughout the city, state and even in Cincinnati and Indianapolis. It just made sense that their home base inside the Butchertown Market should act more as a tap room than a show room — even if that means hiring more people to run the business.
I stopped by Tuesday night during a tap takeover by Cincinnati’s Rhinegeist Brewery, whom Drinkswell has worked with in the past. The small, inviting space was full of beer industry folks, curious neighbors and Bullen’s friends and family.
While Bullen talked about the new tap-room endeavor and a few interesting tidbits about the space — the bar comes from Lexington’s legendary High on Rose bar, and a large photo of hops came from the now-defunct Browning’s — I sipped on Rhinegeist’s Truth IPA on the comfy barstool.
The hardwood flooring was installed by Evan, Bullen says, who was the leading proponent of converting the space to a tap room. Evan is also responsible for many of the custom-built taps you’ve seen at Sidebar, BoomBozz, the Holy Grale and many more.
Bullen says he’s looking forward to running a tap room along with his tap installation service business. Beer, after all, is why he first got into the industry.
Andy Blieden, owner and operator of the Butchertown Market, couldn’t be happier that Bullen is expanding his business. He tells Insider that not only will it give Drinkswell an opportunity to show off what they sell, but it’ll act as a fun neighborhood gathering spot.
“Ed is a great operator and a great guy. I think this is a really smart move on his part because he is maximizing the use of the space,” Blieden says. “Butchertown as an entertainment area is really starting to catch fire, and Ed’s operation is proof of that.”
Drinkswell is located at 1201 Story Ave. on the side of the Butchertown Market facing the train tracks and parking lot. It’ll be serving rotating craft beer from 4-10 p.m. Wednesday-Friday for now. Click here for more info.