A Milwaukee-area brewmaster with West Coast experience plans to open a new craft brewery, tasting room and beer garden in the Menomonee Valley.
Kevin Wright is building out a new brewery called Third Space Brewing at 1505 W. St. Paul Ave. in Milwaukee, down the street from Sobleman’s. Wright plans to lease the space, a former manufacturing facility, and employ four or five upon opening in summer 2016.
Wright, a Milwaukee native, spent six years as head brewer for Hangar 24 Craft Brewery in Redlands, Calif., a 40,000-barrel-per-year operation.
Wright said his brewery will blend West Coast brewing styles with Midwest tastes as he hopes to introduce new styles to Milwaukee beer aficionados.
“Our ownership team is excited to join the growing craft beer scene in Wisconsin and play our part in the resurgence of Milwaukee as a leading city for brewing in the U.S.,” Wright said. “The growth of craft beer and craft breweries here confirms our belief that Milwaukee beer drinkers are seeking new local craft options.”
Wright has enlisted several local companies to lead the project: architect Dan Beyer, developer Steve Looft and Quality Tank Solutions in Oconomowoc for the brewing equipment.
Wright, who graduated from the Master Brewing program at the University of California-Davis, has several awards and one gold medal from the Great American Beer Festival under his belt.
The brewery will start out with a 30 barrel brewhouse, which will have the flexibility to run small experimental batches, but also to scale up with demand, Wright said.
Third Space Brewing is the second craft brewery trying to open in the Menomonee Valley, along with City Lights Brewing Co.