WHITESTOWN, Ind. – A new brewery is coming to Whitestown and it’s taking the place of a dilapidated old high school.
The former Whitestown High School has deteriorated since it closed in 1963. There’s no working plumbing, power or air conditioning. The windows are busted out and the old court is covered with a thick layer of dirt and dust.
This may not seem like the most ideal location for a new business, but the owners of Moontown Brewing Company see the building’s potential. They plan to feature six house brews, including Bright Side of the Moon Breakfast Stout, King of Troy Lager, Moontown Honey Brown and Summer Sunshine Session IPA. They will also feature four to six seasonal brews.
The owners also plan to use part of the building as a concert and event venue.
“We have a great space with a stage built in. So there’s great potential to feature local bands eventually,” said Patrick Mattingly. “We’ve also talked about hosting winter farmers markets and utilizing the space as an indoor beer garden during those gnarly winter months.”
The owners say they plan to preserve the historic building as much as possible.
“We will rehab the beautiful, round windows and the gym floor where the Whitestown Panther’s played. We want to preserve the old gym’s look and feel as much as possible. We’ve even talked about creating a new ‘Panther Brew’ to honor the building’s past as we celebrate its future,” said Pete Mattingly.
Construction will begin over the winter and the Moontown Brewing Company is set to open early next summer.