Mile Wide Shuts Down Owensboro’s Valve Room | New
Louisville-based Mile Wide Beer Co. announced this week that it is closing its Owensboro auction house, 119 E. Second St., when business closes on November 28.
“Sadly, we just have never been able to recover financially from the setbacks COVID has inflicted on us in those first six months and more” after the reception hall opened on November 13, 2020, the company said in an article on Facebook.
Mile Wide was the city’s second brewery, opened five months after The Brew Bridge, 800 W. Second St.
And it was a pivot in the city’s plans for the new West Kentucky Brewery Hop.
“We are disappointed that Mile Wide Beer Co. is closing,” said Dave Kirk, director of destination management for the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau on Wednesday. “It’s a strong reminder that local businesses need your support more than ever. COVID-19 has caused a huge loss of income and continues to negatively impact the tourism economy. “
Beaver Dam, Benton, Bowling Green, Glasgow, Hopkinsville, Henderson, Murray, Owensboro and Paducah convention and visitor offices joined forces to create the Beer Trail, which kicked off on October 12.
There were 13 craft breweries in nine towns on the trail.
But Louisville-based Goodwood Brewing and Spirits has announced plans to set up a craft brewery on the first floor of the Enclave at the corner of Frederica Street and Veterans Boulevard early next year.
“We’ve been drawn to Owensboro with the continued growth of the community, and we’ve always had a great response from the craft beer community in Western Kentucky,” said Chris Sparks, COO. “When we saw the location in Owensboro, we fell in love with the view of the river. We look forward to being a part of the community and giving back when we have the opportunity. “
“I grew up with bluegrass music, so having a location across from the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame is extremely special,” said Ted Mitzlaff, owner and CEO of Goodwood, of the decision to move here. “Owensboro is one of the fastest growing cities in Kentucky, and we are thrilled to be a part of this vibrant community. “
The Mile Wide post said, “Being a small business is exhausting work on good days and crushing on bad days. This is one of the bad ones. It is with a heavy heart that we announce the closure of the Mile Wide taproom in Owensboro.
“We signed the space lease at the end of February 2020, just a few weeks before the world closed. We had our grand opening on November 13, only to be faced with another COVID-induced shutdown about 10 days later. When things started to open up at the start of the summer, we had a glimmer of hope that the milestone had passed. But sadly, we just have never been able to recover financially from the setbacks COVID has inflicted on us in those first six months and more.
“We would like to thank the Town of Owensboro for their assistance. From day one, literally, everyone we met – from city officials to local business owners – stepped up to help us succeed. It breaks our hearts that we can’t make it work.
“We’ll still be in town from time to time for events at some of your favorite bars and restaurants. Until then, take care of yourself, Owensboro. Cheers!”