Wellspent Brewing Co. is back.
The brewery plans to reopen in Midtown after shutting its doors in August, as first reported by Sauce.
Founders Kyle and Angela Kohlmorgen had to make the decision to shut down Wellspent after their growth couldn't keep up with the debt that was required to upstart the brewing operation. But the two were convinced they had a good thing going at their Midtown spot, and the response from their customers only reinforced their beliefs.
"We just couldn't make that work by ourselves," says Kyle Kohlmorgen, who also is the company's head brewer.
During their time away from brewing, the couple was able to find the right person to partner with on Wellspent: Eben Shantz. He was originally a customer and is a beer fan in general, according to Kohlmorgen. Shantz's other companies focus more in retail or customer service, and he has never gotten into the beer business before, so this presented the right opportunity. He now owns the company completely, and the Kohlmorgens have the option to buy back in as much as they so choose.
"For my wife and I, we can take this at our own pace now," Kohlmorgen says. "We started very fast, and now we have this opportunity to stretch our plans out a little bit and figure out how to efficiently run the business long-term."
Kohlmorgen says that most of the changes will be behind the scenes with Shantz. Customers won't notice much of a difference; Wellspent will still have the same tap room and kitchen space in the same Midtown location, only reducing size when it comes to barrel storage. Most importantly, it'll still offer the same high-quality beer.
As for the company's head brewer, he is excited to get back to business making beer.
"We took some time off, but my brain really hasn't shut down as far as ideas," Kohlmorgen says.
There is no set reopening for Wellspent Brewing, but it is expected to return early next year.
Wellspent Brewing Co., 2917 Olive St., Midtown, St. Louis, Missouri, 314.328.0505, wellspentbeer.com