City of Bradenton gives OK to new microbrewery

HERALD STAFF REPORTFebruary 13, 2013 

BRADENTON -- The city of Bradenton gave its blessing Wednesday for a microbrewery to begin production near downtown.

Motorworks Brewing is expected to open a full-production craft brewery, taproom and beer garden this spring at 1014 Ninth Street W., creating 30 jobs over the next five years.

"Motorworks Brewing is poised to become part of the exciting story of Bradenton's revitalization," said Sharon Hillstrom, president and chief executive officer of the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp.

"The EDC was able to bring together all the players who were essential to helping this business locate in Bradenton and invest in our community," she said in a news release.

Owned by Denise and Frank Tschida. the brewery will be midway between the downtown Riverwalk and McKechnie Field, near the Village of the Arts.

"In addition to a full-production brewery eventually distributing product across the United States, we plan to create a tourist destination featuring brewery tours, a taproom for tasting and a beer garden," Denise Tschida was quoted in the news release. "Motorworks Brewing will be a popular draw along this exciting, growing corridor."

The Manatee County Commission approved $30,000 in performance-based incentives if the business creates 30 jobs at or above 115 percent of the local area wage of $35,633, over the next five years, according to the EDC.

"The estimated economic impact of the brewery in Bradenton over the next five years is expected to reach $1.8 million," contributing significantly to redevelopment of the area, said David Gustafson, executive director of Bradenton's Downtown Development Authority.

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