Switchyard Brewing Company Announces Site Location In Bloomington


Bloomington, IN — Switchyard Brewing Company announced at a preview event yesterday evening that the former RCA/Thompson site at 1320 S. Rogers St, on Bloomington’s near South side, has been selected as the future location of their destination brewpub. Working alongside Bloomington developer, First Capital Group, the 1.3-acre site bordering the McDoel Gardens neighborhood will accommodate the new 10,500 sq. ft. facility, on-site parking, and expansive outdoor patio.

“Like many American start-up companies, our dream began several years ago on the workbench of a two-car garage,” said Kurtis Cummings, co-founder of Switchyard Brewing. “After two years of developing our business plan, walking through potential sites, and perfecting our craft, we are incredibly excited to build near the future Switchyard Park.”

Upon completion in mid-2016, the estimated $4 million brewpub project will provide a unique experience, immersing customers with views of the 15 barrel brewhouse and fermentation cellar. The brewpub will also feature co-work and special event spaces, indoor stage for live music, and a large, park-like patio.

Designed by local architect Ryan Strauser of Strauser Construction, the new brewpub facility is modeled after the co-founders’ travels.

“After extensive market research, visiting other breweries across the country, talking to owners, employees, and customers along the way, we have combined pieces of our research to create a very unique brewpub experience in South-Central Indiana”, said Michael Korus, co-founder of Switchyard Brewing. “Our plans for Switchyard will reinvent the craft brewing scene locally, giving customers a brand new experience not found yet in Indiana.”

Alongside the announcement, the brewery launched a Kickstarter campaign, dubbed #ShareOurCraft. Depending on contribution level, donors are able to pick up exclusive benefits that will only be offered during the Kickstarter period. “We want to be the brewery that the community built”, said Korus. “Customers can be part of Bloomington history by purchasing a custom, laser engraved block or patio paver which will be used in the construction of the brewpub. Already, supporters from all over the world have expressed interest in purchasing “Build the Brewery” bricks. It’s also been amazing to see the outpouring of support we’ve received from total strangers.”

Other rewards, which vary by pledge level, range from a ticket to the brewery’s soft opening, to a commemorative hand made beer stein, to “brewer for a day” and other experiences. Visit www.ShareOurCraft.com for details.

About Switchyard Brewing Company

Born on the workbench of a two car garage alongside family, friends, and tradition, Switchyard Brewing Company is an independent Bloomington, Indiana craft brewpub that was founded in 2014 by Indiana natives and talented home-brewers Kurtis Cummings and Michael Korus. In a passionate pursuit of developing our craft, Switchyard believes that business can be a catalyst for positive change in our community. Join us, and #ShareOurCraft on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About First Capital Group

Headquartered in Bloomington, Ind., First Capital Group directs a portfolio of more than $150 million in assets and over one million square feet of real estate. First Capital Group’s investments include businesses that span several industries, such as real estate, life sciences, healthcare, technology, manufacturing and retail. Specializing in multi-million dollar new business launches, service expansions, commercial property development, large-scale infrastructure deployments and complex corporate and real estate acquisitions. The firm leverages its significant intellectual capital, financial resources and business acumen to quickly and effectively commercialize new ventures, infuse existing companies with high-impact growth strategies and transform commercial properties. By providing its investments with a strong fiscal and business foundation and a long-term network of support, First Capital Group ensures that its ventures realize their full potential and become industry leaders. 

About Strauser Construction

Founded in Bloomington, Indiana in 1996, Strauser Construction Co., Inc. provides General Contracting, Construction Management, Design/Build and Trade Contracting services on commercial, institutional and industrial projects throughout Indiana. Strauser Construction Co. has been able to assemble a diverse portfolio of built work due to its flexibility within the commercial construction market. This flexibility has also allowed continual grow in both experience and performance capabilities, all while developing a strong repeat client base and employing top quality individuals who each are committed to detail, budget and schedule. Since the start, some things have never changed at Strauser Construction Co., Inc. Remaining committed to building the best buildings, we require the highest level of safety on every project, and we strive to outperform clients expectations.