Cooper’s Cave Ale Co. has been expanding since day one. Fourteen years ago the company was just a production brewery. Shortly after opening, the owners invested in ice cream equipment and started a thriving little business on the Warren County bike trail. As the craft beer business became more and more competitive, the family added a pub. Sales have doubled since the expansion in 2009.
The most recent improvement made to the business is the three-season deck that overlooks the Warren County bike trail off the backside of the pub. The new deck offers 30 more seats to patrons and can be used for private parties or wedding receptions.
Before the addition, the pub had about 90 seats indoors. With the addition of 30 more, the kitchen needed some upgrades, and three new positions were added. The new deck is already increasing business, as last week was the pub’s busiest week.
The owners look forward to increasing their soda production as well in the near future. Cooper’s Cave added soda distributors in Michigan, Oklahoma and even Canada this summer, tapping the international market. The company also owns the brick building adjacent to the pub that may allow for further expansion, and it looks like there are plans for a full rooftop garden.
Have you checked out the deck yet? I can’t wait to sit outside and wash down Chef Rob’s Chopped Salad with a nice, cold Cooper’s Cave Pale Ale.