Local boys brewing local beers: Broken Throne opens this month

Published: Oct. 3, 2019 at 3:59 PM EDT
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A group of entrepreneurs from Eastern Kentucky is working together to bring a new experience to Pikeville's Main Street.

Broken Throne Brewing, a 3.5-barrel microbrewery, is well on its way to opening day. The five men in charge of the new taproom say it will offer a different experience than that to which beer enthusiasts are accustomed.

"You're going to have a rotating collection of all kinds of different drafts," said brewmaster Casey Price. "It's always going to be something new. We're not really focusing a lot on putting out the same beer over and over again."

He said the taproom will offer 12 different beers, which will rotate into new flavors based on what is popular or exciting at the time.

This is one of the reasons behind the company's name. Since beers will be "dethroned" as they are replaced with new flavors, the group decided the name was fitting. But, they said the company name and the taproom serve a double-purpose and it is not just about the alcohol.

"Now that the coal industry has sort of went into a decline, we really feel like it's sort of that broken throne. That one throne of the king that used to rule. And now the economy in the area is changing," said Price.

He said that change has sparked a lot of innovation throughout the region, which the Broken Throne crew wants to be a part of.

"It's becoming more of an education, a healthcare, a tourism-based economy," Price added. "So, Broken Throne is really there to sort of help build up that economy and help bring around that new throne that's going to be there."

He said the beer will be an experience, but the tourism aspect is one of the most important things on tap at the brewery.

"It's a place where people come to hang out. They come to study. They come to do all kinds of different things you would normally do in a community," Price said. "You need that third place in your life, where you can kind of get away from the house, get away from work, and really experience something that's fun."

Price, Matt Corbin, Jarred McGuire, Nick King, and Chase Rogers are the minds behind the brewery. The group will host a sneak peek event on Saturday, from 5 p.m.until 8 p.m., as part of Pikeville's Hoptoberfest.

A ticketed soft opening will follow October 17 through October 19, the details of which will be available on the Broken Throne Brewing Facebook page.

The grand opening is set for Thursday, Oct. 24.