What to Expect at Dry Ground Brewing Co. – Paducah’s First Craft Brewery

dry ground logoThe Dark Ages of craft beer in Paducah are over. Dry Ground Brewing Company officially opens on February 13th, ending a decades long drought of locally brewed beer. Located in the historic Coca-Cola bottling plant at 3121 Broadway, Ed and Meagan Musselman along with Brewmaster Todd Walton have removed all remnants of high fructose corn syrup and replaced them with fresh hops and luscious grains. What was once a loading dock is now a veritable shrine to all things beer.

The soft opening this past weekend soundly put to rest any doubts local beer geeks might have had, but for those who didn’t get to attend, perhaps an expectation guide is necessary.

Do not expect:

Any macros whatsoever.

Expect:

7 different beer varieties brewed on site:

  • ’37 Flood IPA (6.6% ABV/ 66 IBU)
  • Uncle Luther ESB (5.45% ABV/ 52 IBU)
  • Rapture Imperial Stout (9.4% ABV/ 68 IBU)
  • Iron Tree Porter (5.4% ABV/ 45 IBU)
  • Adam’s Beard Belgian Tripel (8.7% ABV/ 32 IBU)
  • Fresh Plowed Saison (5.2% ABV/ 29 IBU)
  • Under Tow Double IPA (8.7% ABV/ 95 IBU)

Do not expect:

Bottled beer

Expect:

28 taps full of a utopia of craft beer, including the 7 brewed on site, 20 rotating guest taps and 1 nitro (the Rapture Imperial Stout on nitro is indeed rapturous)


 

Do not expect:

Television

Expect:

Conversations with real live human beings


Do not expect:

Pint glasses

Expect:

The right glass for the beer you’re launching into your mouth


Do not expect:

A generic atmosphere full of bad music, soul-sapping neon signs and a staff whose beer knowledge ends at the “3 beer types” (light, dark, Blue Moon)

Expect:

Great vibes, good music, locally crafted bar, tables and art, employees who live, breathe and probably bathe in beer.


In short, expectations for Dry Ground were high, and they were all exceeded. Our long wait is over. Paducah, a city sometimes known for being frustratingly behind the curve, finally has a brewery it can be proud of and the future looks bright.

Dry Ground Brewing Company’s official opening is February 13th. Bring thirst.

  1. I am looking forward to visiting your place. Have heard about it from my son Adam.

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  2. is there a good menu? If so what’s the food type?

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  3. Went to the soft opening last week and let me tell you these guys do great at what they do!! The beer, the atmosphere, the music, the staff, the smooth wooden bar & I met some local people i sat next too super friendly everything was awesome! I love brewerys not only because of the beer but the people you meet. Ready to stop by again soon.

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  4. Great article Cory! Will they have signature growlers?

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  5. I LOVE CORY GREENES PROFILE, I KNOW WE ARE FRIENDS ALREADY, AS FOR ED AND MEAGAN THERE IS NONE BETTER, PLUS MEAGAN JUST HAD A BABY GIRL SUNDAY.

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  6. Thanks Ed, Megan, Todd and all staff…
    Good people…good planning/prep….good for Paducah!!

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  7. Elizabeth Dorsey February 10, 2015, 4:11 pm

    Any chance Dry Ground would ever consider brewing a gluten free option?

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  8. Christopher Marshall February 12, 2015, 9:36 pm

    Are they going to have anything bottled yet

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