Birdboy Brewing opens taproom in Roanoke and fulfills owner’s goal

Ben Thompson, the owner-brewer of Birdboy Brewing, stands behind the bar at Birdboy Brewing Taproom, in Roanoke. The brewpub, located at 314 N. Main St., will serve Birdboy Brewing beer and food from the Joseph Decuis Farm. It has a soft-opening event scheduled for today, Thursday, Dec. 28, at 7 p.m. that is open to the public.
Ben Thompson, the owner-brewer of Birdboy Brewing, stands behind the bar at Birdboy Brewing Taproom, in Roanoke. The brewpub, located at 314 N. Main St., will serve Birdboy Brewing beer and food from the Joseph Decuis Farm. It has a soft-opening event scheduled for today, Thursday, Dec. 28, at 7 p.m. that is open to the public. Photo by Steve Clark.

Birdboy Brewing has landed in Roanoke.

The Fort Wayne brewery has opened a taproom in the northeast Huntington County community. For owner-brewer Ben Thompson, it’s the fulfillment of a goal he’s had for the business since it began operating more than two years ago.

“That was actually my original plan, was to be a brewpub,” he says.

However, operating as a brewpub proved to be too expensive of a route for the young business to go. So, since its inception, Birdboy Brewing has served as a production brewery, making and distributing its beer to a range of establishments that has steadily widened. As the brewery’s profile has risen, Thompson says it became clear the time was right to finally realize his initial vision for the business.

“Now we kind of have, like, a proven concept,” he says. “It’s not as far of a leap to open a taproom.”

Among the establishments purchasing Birdboy beer was Roanoke restaurant Joseph Decuis. Bullish on Thompson’s product, the eatery approached him with a proposition.

“They wanted to put a brewery somewhere in Roanoke,” says Thompson. “So, they came to me and asked if I’d be interested.”

Thompson seized the opportunity. In April, he began making preparations to open the taproom, which is located at 314 N. Main St., adjacent to the Roanoke Public Library.

Today, Thursday, Dec. 28, Thompson plans on opening the doors at Birdboy Brewing Taproom for the very first time, with a soft-opening event scheduled for 7 p.m. that is open to the public. The taproom will begin its regular hours the following day, Friday, Dec. 29.

The taproom’s regular hours will be Tuesday through Friday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. It will be closed on Mondays.

As for the beer, customers can look forward to several different options.

“There’ll be six beers on tap and then we’ll have one on cask all the time, which is a traditional English way to serve beer,” says Thompson.

The taproom’s food will come from Joseph Decuis Farm.

“So, it’ll all be local, handmade food,” Thompson says.

For more information about Birdboy Brewing, visit www.BirdboyBrew ing.com. To contact the brewery, call 579-5508 or email BirdboyBrewing@gmail.com.