Holy trinity

First Look: Holy Trinity Brewing

Editor’s note: The Holy Trinity Brewing Company officially opens at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 22.

If you hear the church bells ringing at the Holy Trinity Brewing Company, it means someone has ordered the Holy Mutha – a flight of 18 samples from across the brewery’s range served on a massive board carried by two handles crossed. (Sorry, no solo orders for this one – at least two drinkers must be present to consume.)

It’s one of many puns and tongue-in-cheek references in the arsenal of new Downtown Brewery which plans to debut mid next week.

Taking over a former dance studio at 155 N. Fifth St., Holy Trinity is both a brewery and a bar. Brewing takes place in the back, seating and bar are at the front of a stripped-down space which owner Tim McFeely says fits the theme – Jesus wasn’t a rich man after all, but a carpenter .

Front seats, rear brasserie

Holy Trinity is equipped with 18 taps (including approximately 13 ready to use when opened), all of which will serve house beers. The nitro tap is reserved for one of McFeely’s favorites: Coco-Berry Jesus, a 10% (but don’t fancy it) Imperial Russian Stout. Opening day beers also include Saint Kevin, a s’mores stout served in a smoked glass, Home Run Jesus, a Belgian quad and, of course, Cherry Poppin’ Jesus, a stout.

Most people are enthusiastic about colorful beer names, except for a few naysayers who have asked how the brewery can come up with such names while supporting religion?

“We don’t really support religion, we support faith — and we like to have fun,” McFeely says. He expects most people to read beer names and descriptions and have a good laugh – exactly what he was looking for.

Aside from beer, Holy Trinity will serve seltzer water, but do it a little differently than most breweries.

“Instead of making a pre-flavored seltzer and having this choice that someone maybe doesn’t like, I decided to make a seltzer base and then we’re going to use infusions flavor for it,” McFeely says.

Syrups like white peach, black cherry, raspberry, guava and more will be custom added to the seltzer base which will be around 5.5% ABV. Flavored syrups will also be used for non-alcoholic versions for children and those who do not wish to drink.

The Flight Board for Saint Mutha

To get their mugs overflowing with Holy Trinity beers, guests will need to head to the bar. The brewery does not plan to distribute, but will offer take-out crowler refills. McFeely expects them to sell out whatever they brew in the downtown space, but if they don’t, a few kegs could appear in other bars.

COVID had its impacts on the project, putting Holy Trinity’s opening date well over a year from what McFeely expected, but it wasn’t all bad. Luckily McFeely bought his brewery equipment in earlier times, and the delay also gave him time to get the brewery name out there and build anticipation – and time for many apartment development projects. surroundings to wrap up construction, putting potential customers just a few steps from the brewery’s front door.

Holy Trinity will be open from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, visit Holytrinitybrewing.com.

All photos by Susan Post

Coco Berry Jesus
Where the magic of beer making happens
McFeely reused the floor of the dance studio to build the tables and bar of the brasserie
For entertainment, the brasserie has a dart board
McFeely also hopes to add a cornhole board to an area where the kegs are now located.
The new brewery is a short walk to many other downtown bars like Slammers, District West, Wolf’s Ridge, PINS and more