|Bradenton, FL – Located at 1014 9th Street West, at the heart of Bradenton’s expanding downtown entertainment corridor, Motorworks Brewing is implementing numerous green initiatives that positively impact the earth and local community.
In an effort to be “green”, materials such as historic bricks and window fixtures were repurposed to build-out the Motorworks Brewing taproom and brew house. Other simple, yet effective, decisions were made to reduce onsite waste such as replacing paper towel dispensers in restroom facilities with energy efficient hand-dryers. Additionally, energy saving lights are utilized throughout the facility, and Motorworks is engineering a roof water runoff into a rain water cistern housed in their 12,000 square foot beer garden. The water saved in the cistern from various brewing operations will be used for all outside garden and tree hydration as well as gray-water for certain facilities, if the City of Bradenton will modify legislation to allow cistern use inside city limits.
With the goal of having brewery guests enjoy the two 150+ year old oak trees on Motorworks Brewing property founders Frank and Denise Tschida built a deck large enough to comfortably fit 200 patrons. The area surrounding the large deck is covered by lush turf that spans an area previously comprised of nothing more than dirt and weeds. In an effort to continue the companies green initiatives, the turf was repurposed from a local soccer field, and additional supplies such as lumber to build outside amenities, were reused from the building interior refurbishment. Now happy bocce-ball players enjoy the regulation-size turf courts, over a dozen cornhole games, a 3-hole putting green, and a stage for live music.
With the recent addition of a 45 foot tall grain silo, comes the ability to brew much larger quantities of Motorworks Brewing craft beer. The grain silo, a key component for our large brew house, will hold 2,000 bushels of 2 Row Base Malt. Production Manager, Dave Byrn commented, “The majority of our beers will be made with the grain in the silo. It will save money, as we receive grain by the truck load versus individual pallets.” This also means we will have spent grain to donate to local farmers by the truck load!
Currently, Motorworks Brewing donates the spent grain to a small local cattle farmer and business owner, Mike Manning. He uses the spent grain to supplement his livestock feed. Although grass is the cattle’s main source of food, the donated grain is a great nutritious additive to provide variety to their diet. In addition to the grain being a delicious alternative, it is rich in protein, which helps the cattle naturally gain weight faster. Dave jokes, “Beer goes to feed the local humans, and the spent grain goes to feed the local animals, which then ends up feeding the humans, again.”
Motorworks Brewing’s business neighbor and owner of Bill’s Discount Center, Mike, sells the cattle he raises on his 1000+ acre farm located in Myakka City, to local people who want to raise their own livestock. Typically, on his farm you will find at least 80 heads of cattle being raised from calf. He sells the cattle twice a year when they reach 500-600 lbs. Cattle not sold to surrounding families are sold to the Arcadia Stockyard. From there the cattle can be purchased at auction for personal use on farms or they are auctioned off to market. In 1965 Bill Manning, Mike Manning’s father, started the family business, Bill’s Discount Center, which resides on 9th Street West, across the street from the brewery. Now he shares his extra parking lot across from the brewery with Motorworks Brewing. Mike says he is happy Motorworks Brewing is in the neighborhood, and that “they are very helpful and great in that way.”
Anyone that is interested in buying local cattle from Mike can contact him at his store, Bill’s Discount Center, located at 1001 9th St West. Bradenton, FL 34205. You can also contact Arcadia Stockyard and request Mike Manning’s Stock Number to buy his cattle at auction.
Motorworks Brewing is a full-production, craft beer brewery located at 1014 9th Street West mid-way between downtown’s Riverwalk Park and the newly renovated McKechnie Field. The 27,000 sq. ft. building houses a custom-built brewery and distribution facility, plus a 3,500 sq. ft. Taproom & Bar. An outdoor patio and 12,000 sq. ft. Beer garden provides an added venue for the brewery’s scheduled live music and outdoor games including Bocce Ball, Cornhole, and a 3 hole putting green. Packaged sales and brewery merchandise will also be offered.
1. Grain Silo install
2. Motorworks Brewing Building
3. Motorworks Brewing Logo