Martin City Brewing Company’s brewpub opened in June 2011 as the dream of two sailing buddies, Matt Moore and Chancie Adams. The two had been gliding across the waters of Lake Jacomo together throughout their 20s and home-brewing for over a year. They co-owned a restaurant, the Original Pub, boasting 18 craft beers on tap. But there was something missing – their own brew at their bar.
So in 2012, Moore and Adams sought financial backing to construct a manufacturing facility across the street large enough to brew their own beers. In late January 2014, they opened Martin City Pizza and Taproom, whose adjoining 4,000 square-foot corrugated metal warehouse houses a brewing system with the capacity to produce 20,000 barrels a year.
That number is dreaming big, along the lines of Four Hands, Free State or Nebraska Company, and while Moore says the plan is to continue to grow and gain momentum, he doesn’t know if they’ll get that large.
“We’re 10 percent of the way there,” Moore says. “Last year we brewed 1,000 barrels of beer and this year we’ll be right around the 2,200 mark. I expect that to trend into next year, that we’d be in the four-to-five-thousand barrel-mark and expanding into different cities.”
Martin City Brewing Company began distributing bottles through Central States Beverage Company in November 2014. Moore and Adams purchased a canning line in May 2016, so today their four core brands – Hardway IPA, Belgian Blond, Belgian Abbey and City Saison – can be found on both sides of the state line up to Liberty and into Leavenworth and Lawrence.
Seasonal brews available in canned four-packs this fall and winter include the Poitier, a Brandy Barrel Tripel, Big Boy, their Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout and Highwayman, a Bourbon Barrel Imperial Porter.
Yardbird: An imperial brown brewed in collaboration with Rye restaurant and aged in bourbon barrels. Aromas of sweet breads and oak give way to flavors of walnut, vanilla, toast and bourbon. Try it with the taproom’s Bacon and Eggs pizza. Says one taster ‘This is what I want my man cave to smell like.’
Space Opera: A classic pale ale brewed with a dramatic use of citra and mosaic aroma hops for a beer full of tropical fruit and citrus flavors. Perfect for your late-summer adventures. Try it with the taproom’s bacon and mango flatbread.