As they planned to expand their business, the founders of Ill Mannered Brewing Co. did not want to leave the city of Powell.

As it turns out, they won't even have to leave their current parking lot.

Ill Mannered co-founders Tom Ayers, Greg Dannemiller, Brian Mathias and Ryan Romer-Jordan shared a toast with the brewery's regulars Feb. 28 during a groundbreaking ceremony at the east end of the Grace Plaza parking lot. The owner of the shopping center, DJCF Holdings, is constructing a 3,000-square-foot facility for the brewery just feet away from its original storefront at 30 Grace Drive.

Ayers said he sees benefits to expanding the business near where its story started.

"We have our built-in fan base," he said. "We're Powell's neighborhood brewery. That's important to us to continue to be that."

Ill Mannered's original brewery and taproom features about one-third of the space of the proposed building. The expansion also will include a 1,000-square-foot patio.

Ayers said the proposed building's comparative roominess is the most-exciting thing about the expansion project. He said the cramped quarters at the combined brewery and taproom have scared off customers in the past.

"We used to have (people walk out) a lot more," he said. "I think what you see now is (some) people just don't come at all. That's really frustrating."

Ayers said he hopes the brewery is able to move into the new building by late August.

After the new facility opens, Ill Mannered may hold on to its original storefront.

"That's the tentative plan, although we have not finalized it," Ayers said.

He said Ill Mannered could use its original home for private events and storage after moving into the new facility.

Ayers said the expansion will allow Ill Mannered to grow its offerings, with the number of beers on tap expected to double.

"I think you'll probably see us experiment more with fruited beers at the new facility (and) probably more lagers," he said.

While the expanded brewery could occasionally host an acoustic performer, Ayers said he does not expect it to become a consistent live-music venue.

"We want to be respectful of our neighbors first and foremost, so (music) certainly wouldn't go late into the night," he said.

Ayers said the brewery also will not turn into a full-scale restaurant. He said visiting food trucks will be expected to provide major nourishment to patrons.

"We'll let the professionals do their job and we'll provide bites and stuff to snack on," he said.


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