McCORDSVILLE — McCordsville will soon be home to a microbrewery, the second craft-beer establishment to be announced in the county in the past five weeks.
The McCordsville Board of Zoning Appeals last week approved a special exception for Scarlet Lane Brewing, which will produce specialty beers at 7724 Depot St., the former home of Crown Coatings, which moved to Fortville.
“First and foremost, our mission is to bring intelligent beer to our customers,” said Scarlet Lane’s CEO, Eilise Servies.
Her husband, Nick Servies, said craft beer is becoming increasingly popular and is responsible for 109,000 jobs in the United States. In the past few years, craft beer sales and production have increased significantly, though Indiana has been a little slow to catch on, Nick Servies said.
The Servieses said they believe there is an undeveloped market in the area and that McCordsville was the best fit for them. The microbrewery will be production-based and will not incorporate a restaurant or a bar. They will target the north side of Indianapolis and the surrounding area.
Their plans include a 15-barrel brewhouse with a 30-barrel storage capacity in the form of six tanks. The couple said they would like to work with local farmers who might grow hops, a plant used as flavoring and as stability agent in beer.