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'Paducah Beer Werks' in the works

BY KATIE PAXTON kpaxton@paducahsun.com

Todd Blume, a Mayfield native, is brewing up a new business in Lower Town.

With the help of business partner Joey Delapp, Blume plans to offer Paducah its own brewery by remodeling the former Greyhound Bus Station at 301 N. Fourth St. - which closed four years ago - into a modern bar with a retro twist.

The idea for Paducah Beer Werks grew out of a homemade brewing hobby Blume practiced on the side of his software developing career. He traveled from North Carolina to Colorado, learning much about the craft along the way. He returned to Paducah due to a family member's illness.

"I figured if I stayed here, I wanted something to do," Blume said. "The closest breweries are in St. Louis or Nashville, so why not bring one to Paducah?"

The bar will feature three or four of Blume's own brews as well as three seasonal beers. Twenty to 25 chairs will surround the former ticket booth turned bar, and tables will take over the terrazzo floors of the station. In the back, a glass wall will expose the brewing machinery, allowing customers to get a peak at the process.

Despite many contemporary changes to the venue, Blume plans to incorporate the bus station's features, such as turning old parking stations into a outdoor seating area and keeping old ticket and map signs as decoration.

"It was always the bus station, and people know that, so why not keep the main features?" said Blume.

Blume hopes to give customers an authentic brewery experience.

After explaining the layout of the machinery, he said, "(The beer) will end up in a huge tank by the bar. It won't be out of a keg all the time. It will be as fresh as you can get it."

He also seeks to work with home brewers in the area and possibly feature other local brews.

"We have to make sure we follow regulations, but it's really limitless," he said.

If renovation goes smoothly, Paducah Beer Werks hopes to open in late October. Blume and Delapp might also host a booth at Barbecue on the River this September to hand out samples of their craft beer.

To follow the renovation of the building, visit the Paducah Beer Werks Facebook page.

Contact Katie Paxton, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8655.

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