The Benjamin Beer Company, 507 6th St., will open Memorial Day weekend and Jim Kennedy, president and majority owner, can’t wait to bring a brewery back to Racine.

Since the Prohibition there hasn’t been a brewery in Racine.

“The dry spell has ended,” he said.

Kennedy just received his brewery permit from the federal government. Once he gets his state permit, the beer making is set to begin and it will take a few weeks to brew enough beer to open the doors of the Benjamin Beer Company.

The operation will feature 12 taps, but that won’t necessarily mean there will be 12 kinds of brews. The brewery will likely focus on making porters, India Pale Ales, and blonde beers. Initially, the brewery won’t serve food as it doesn’t have a functional kitchen. But that is in the works.

The business is completely self-funded and the business is trying to raise $5,000 through a Go Fund Me campaign to help finance some of the project because of some unforeseen repairs that needed to be done on the building. The electrical upgrades ended up costing $13,000 instead of $3,000, Kennedy said.

Despite the setback, the company has already raised about $2,200 of that $5,000.

“You have to be some kind of demented to do this,” he said. “But we’re definitely making progress.”

Kennedy plans to make about 400 barrels of beer a year at first, but then hopes to start a production brewery. They plan to be open seven days a week.

If you’d like to fund the Benjamin Beer Company, click on the link.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.

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