Finding the perfect location for the brewery was one of the biggest challenges during the McLeod’s journey. They recently became tenants of an old firehouse in downtown Springfield after J. Lee Investments purchased the building. The first phase of the brewery is expected to be completed by summer 2019, which includes the brewhouse, taproom and large patio area that will also have food truck parking.
“It has plenty of space, room to grow, it’s unique in design, and it’s downtown in the heart of the city, so it’s a natural fit,” Susan says.
Future phases of the brewery will include an entertainment space on the second floor and a rooftop deck above the garage. While the theme and beer lineup is a work in progress, we do know the brews will have fire-inspired names. You can also expect elements of the fire station to remain in place.
In one way or another, the entire McLeod family is involved in making the brewery come to fruition. Their brother John is the lawyer, their sister Erin is the chief financial officer and their mother Jan is in charge of the swag. The family's Scottish roots helped inspire the brewery's name, and the bull on the logo is from their family crest. “It’s too early to groom our one-year-old nephew to take it over someday, but we’re going to try,” Carol says with a laugh.
The family's Scottish roots helped inspire the brewery's name, and the bull on the logo is from their
“We’re really passionate about family, our friends and giving back to the community,” Carol says. The grand opening will double as a fundraiser in honor of their father’s charitable involvement throughout the community.
The sisters plan to open to friends and family in June so they can honor the fifth anniversary of their father’s passing on June 19, then open to the public in early July. They are always planning to keep this brewery a family affair.