Changes coming at NABC’s Bank Street Brewhouse.

“You could knock me over with a feather, because it turns out that the numbers don’t lie, after all.”  
–NABC co-owner Roger A. Baylor

Effective Tuesday, May 13, the New Albanian Brewing Company will indefinitely suspend food service at Bank Street Brewhouse, its downtown New Albany location.

NABC’s brewing operation and our original location at the Pizzeria & Public House are entirely unaffected by these changes.

In the days to follow, we’ll remain open for business (exact schedule TBA) for “beers only” while planning, painting and remodeling, and BSB will continue to regularly function as the brewery’s downtown New Albany taproom – altered yet ongoing. Beer-only hours for the next three days, Tuesday – Thursday, will be 3 pm – 9 pm.

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The future taproom format will include NABC beers served on site, and NABC beer for carry-out in growlers and 22-oz bomber bottles. We’re planning an expanded souvenir shop. There will be enhanced opportunities to use the facility as a venue and host for special events.

There may even be nibbles at some point, and we hope to play an ancillary role in animating food truck culture in New Albany, but we don’t intend to be a restaurant as before.

That phase has passed, for now.

Long live the many fond memories.

We had a great five-year run at BSB, and did our bit to shepherd the process of revitalization in downtown New Albany. We actually accomplished many of our aesthetic and ideological goals, but now we need to indulge in some updating and reinvention of our own, because the targets have moved and the competitive climate always is changing — as it pertains both to the food and drink scene in downtown New Albany, and the market for better beer at home and in the world outside.

We must change along with the rest, and so we will. We intend to remain part of the downtown fabric, just differently than before. It’s a reinvention, not a departure.

Profuse and sincere thanks to everyone who supported the founding BSB concept, whether employee or customer. We are grateful.

Rock on.

Roger Baylor
Kate Lewison
Amy Baylor

53 Responses to “Changes coming at NABC’s Bank Street Brewhouse.”

  1. NateMay 12, 2014 at 8:12 pm #

    Man I am going to miss those fries…

  2. TammyMay 12, 2014 at 8:32 pm #

    Very sorry to hear this. I really felt the food was excellent and offered something exceptional to New Albany. It would be great to see the wings and soups added to the menu at Richo’s/SportsTime. Best of luck with the new endeavors! I look forward to seeing what’s next for you 🙂

  3. Vincent HarsheyMay 12, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

    Bring pizza to the Brewhouse, problem solved! Ice been thoroughly upset for ages with you not having the successful pizza at the location. K.I.S.S. Is my philosophy.

  4. Vincent HarsheyMay 12, 2014 at 8:45 pm #

    Bring pizza to the Brewhouse, problem solved! I’ve been thoroughly upset for ages with you not having the successful pizza at the location. K.I.S.S. Is my philosophy.

    • Roger BaylorMay 13, 2014 at 6:50 am #

      It’s always been an option. The fundamental problem with food and brewing at BSB is lack of space to do both of them correctly.

  5. MariaMay 12, 2014 at 9:05 pm #

    🙁 When I moved to NA in 2006 via New Orleans/Chicago/North Carolina/etc, I couldn’t wait til you opened.

    Now I can’t wait til you re-open! 🙂

    Thank you for blazing a trail.

  6. BruceMay 12, 2014 at 9:37 pm #

    This licks major ass…MAJOR ASS

  7. AmandaMay 12, 2014 at 9:37 pm #

    The food truck scene is needed in downtown Na. I love the scene at apocalypse brew in Louisville and this would be a perfect fit! Great beer, friends and hopefully some rotating food trucks are gonna make this a great spot!

    • Roger BaylorMay 13, 2014 at 6:45 am #

      We’d love to play a part in encouraging food trucks. The Floyd County Health Department has been openly hostile; maybe that will change with time.

  8. PamMay 12, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

    Glad we ate there Sat night! Looking forward to the next phase.

    • Roger BaylorMay 13, 2014 at 6:46 am #

      Thank you. We’ll see where it goes and where the market takes it.

  9. TomMay 12, 2014 at 10:48 pm #

    I have a Valet parking concept that is sure to take downtown New Albany over the top! We should talk again soon.

    • Roger BaylorMay 13, 2014 at 6:48 am #

      Of course; maybe after we get this ship back out in the water.

  10. RickMay 13, 2014 at 12:44 am #

    I’ll really miss the steak salad. Any recommendation on a place to get a grass-fed steak?

    • Roger BaylorMay 13, 2014 at 6:47 am #

      Ask The Exchange; not sure where Cafe 27 buys beef. Exchange does business with 3D Valley Farms.

  11. Chase Van CappellenMay 13, 2014 at 1:19 am #

    No more pulled pork or Madame ham sandwiches??? My heart is broken!!! I loved coming there and eating great food but as much as I am broken hearted I will be glad to support NABC

    • Roger BaylorMay 13, 2014 at 6:47 am #

      Thanks for that. Trust me, I understand broken hearts — Roger

  12. JessicaMay 13, 2014 at 6:59 am #

    We absolutely love BSB and will continue to support you guys no matter what! I too would love to see the food truck scene explode in New Albany and I think you guys are the people to make it happen!

    • Roger BaylorMay 13, 2014 at 7:15 am #

      Thanks; I agree, and hope we can help make it happen — Roger

  13. Dawn WadeMay 13, 2014 at 7:16 am #

    I’m so sad to know that I’ve had my last meal there. I visited every time I came home to visit my parents. The food was spectacular and I’ve long been a fan of the beer. The Sunday brunch was a tradition for my family.

    • Roger BaylorMay 13, 2014 at 7:53 am #

      I hope we’re able to build some new traditions. Your loyalty is much appreciated, and many thanks!

  14. Joe ParrishMay 13, 2014 at 9:41 am #

    Your beer is the very best in this area of the country. I am pleased that you are doing what ever it takes to keep the brewhouse open. I enjoy sitting at BSB sipping a brew and enjoying the happy surroundings and I’m glad I will be able to continue the practice. Hopefully in future those great Richo’s pretzels and pizza might be added, but certainly not a deal braker. It’s all about that wonderful beer and you good people do yourselves proud!

    • Roger BaylorMay 13, 2014 at 9:03 pm #

      Thanks so much. I really needed that — Roger

  15. BrianMay 13, 2014 at 10:23 am #

    This message is so cryptic and basically unintelligible. Are you suggesting that serving food was no longer financially viable at BSB? Could you please elaborate on what changed and what you vision is going forward?

    Can I infer that you are going to simply be a bar and gift shop going forward?

    • Roger BaylorMay 13, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

      Me, unintelligible? You read it right, Brian. Sometimes we made a bit of money, sometimes not, but altogether, it wasn’t enough. The costs were too high for the return with that menu in a space of that size, requiring the kitchen labor it did. If I had a precise plan for what we’re going to be, I’d share it. We have lots of options, and the only one off the table is the one that didn’t work. I’ve been to taprooms all across the country that do fine without a kitchen. We’ll see what’s legal, and keep going — Roger

  16. Tony SingletonMay 13, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    Sorry to hear about the changes (and I’m sorry I haven’t been in for far too long). Any hope of adding a fryer to the Public House and Pizzeria to keep the frites coming?

    • Roger BaylorMay 13, 2014 at 9:02 pm #

      And install a hood, and up the grease fire insurance … geez, Tony — the socialist has to instruct you on regulatory intrusion (LOL) — Roger

  17. Jim NasiumMay 13, 2014 at 1:49 pm #

    Noooooooo! Your food was incredible. Nothing else like it in the area. Please consult someone with expertise in the restaurant business to look at your business model and see if there isn’t some way to continue food operations. We love your beer as well as your food, but don’t do the “bar scene” thing anymore, so we only come to eat and have a couple of beers. Please reconsider if possible.

    PS: I wish we would’ve had some kind of warning so we could’ve dined there one more time! ;(

    • Roger BaylorMay 13, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

      I’m happy you enjoyed the food. I believe one thing we learned is that given our resources five years ago, one or the other business model (restaurant or production brewery) might have worked … just not at the same time. I’m bullish about the restaurant community in downtown New Albany, and I believe we’ll find a way to re-incorporate food into the plan. I’m disappointed, too; it ran its course and wasn’t viable. I wish we could have given warning, but in the end, cold turkey’s best in my view — Roger

  18. GregMay 13, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

    Oh no, you mean I had my last burger and pomme frites last weekend?! I’m surprised food wasn’t profitable. Though I do think the kitchen is small for a big menu and could see it didn’t work well. We really liked parkin’ at the bar for a bite and a beer. If the food truck thing doesn’t work out as well I would love to see a limited menu of burgers and a few apps. JM2C. I think a souvenir shop is a great idea. I am always getting compliments on my yellow 25th anniversary shirt. After checking the site I realize I need one of those Elector Hops shirts. I would love to be able to peruse more stuff in a shop like some cool fitted hats and some of your better poster designs on shirts. All this typing has made me thirsty and hungry. See you guys in a couple hours for some beer and pizza.

    • Roger BaylorMay 13, 2014 at 8:54 pm #

      The limited menu idea surely is an option. We’re very excited that we’re able to plot another course, and all the ideas are on the table. Thanks for the constructive thoughts; we appreciate it — Roger

      • GregMay 14, 2014 at 9:06 am #

        It does sound exciting and I’m interested to see what you all come up with. Thanks for taking the time to listen to us and respond. Really builds a sense of community around the brand when an owner is connected with customers. You need to be sure to have plenty of tap specials so that we can drown our sorrows. I’m full of constructive thoughts(my wife calls it b*llsh*t) like an NABC food truck, outdoor grill, music venue, relocate to a larger bldg, etc. Would like to see koozies and posters for sale too in the souviner shop. If you need volunteers for a focus group count me in 😉

        • Roger BaylorMay 16, 2014 at 9:55 am #

          Definitely constructive thoughts and not BS! Thanks for any and all ideas. It’s a bittersweet experience, indeed; but good things will come of it.

  19. Valerie MeyersMay 13, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

    Well, damn.

  20. W FortnerMay 13, 2014 at 8:32 pm #

    Very disappointed. Totally enjoyed Sunday breakfast and Bloody bar.
    Can’t believe its closing. Get something in NA and then its gone. Just the usual story here.
    Oh well
    Can’t believe its closing; sure you can’t make it?????

    • Roger BaylorMay 13, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

      I know trauma; trust me. For five years, at best, we’ve made a slim operating profit. It seldom has been enough to cover the debt service, meaning that we take money out another pocket to cover it. But what happens after five years is that while you still have money, there is less of it. We’re starving the other sides of our business of investment, and it’s just not a sustainable situation. Speaking personally, I’ve spent my whole life insisting that if one’s vocabulary is big enough, he can talk his way around the P & Ls. Turns out he — me — was mistaken. Even the Beatles broke up. We hope we can build a different business model that is good for New Albany, and also good for us. We really tried; it just couldn’t be done that way, in that place — Roger

  21. Tom O'SheaMay 14, 2014 at 11:32 pm #

    Hello Roger, My wife, family and I enjoyed Mothers day brunch at your brewery this past Sunday and had a great experience, as we always do in your places.
    I wish you well in the re-structuring, I love what you do and what you stand for.
    Cheers.
    Tom O’Shea

    • Roger BaylorMay 16, 2014 at 9:53 am #

      Much appreciated and reciprocated, Tom. We may need a therapy group for food service operators.

  22. TinaMay 14, 2014 at 11:34 pm #

    Really sad to hear about this. The food was excellent as well as the best available in New Albany. I hope you will reconsider and find another option instead.

    • Roger BaylorMay 16, 2014 at 9:52 am #

      We’re considering many options, and the nice part about it is that we can develop something new. However, whatever it turns out to be must be financially sustainable. It galls me to be a capitalist … but there it is.

  23. Kris ThiekerMay 15, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    Hope you all have a chance to recharge and think about all the good that you did. Thinking of you!

    “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”
    Alexander Graham Bell

    • Roger BaylorMay 16, 2014 at 9:56 am #

      Thanks Kris. We’re still standing and throwing punches, and that’s all we can ask for. The quote is spot on. Now there are so many doors, it’s hard to decide which way to go. But we will.

  24. Susan HarrisonMay 15, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    I look forward to meeting you. I am actively developing a art gallery/ studio and workshop space at 428 E 6 th st. I gave up full time work to do this and I am eager to meet those such as you who have been actively building the cultural life of New Albany. I discovered your pub last November and it has been my Cheers ever since. I find myself walking around making introductions there as everybody is so friendly and it is a welcoming place. I have not had the money to eat the food but am so thankful the beer will continue to flow. The food truck idea sounds fabulous. I moved to Indiana from the Highlands of Louisville in order to get this art center launched. Definitely would love to see New Albany develop greater diversity and foodie culture and prompt people to cross the bridge. Thanks for really adding to New Albany and helping newbies like me feel as if I am at home.

    • Roger BaylorMay 16, 2014 at 9:50 am #

      Welcome, and keep us posted. Your hopes are ours!

  25. StacyMay 15, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

    My husband loved the BBQ sandwich with the goat cheese:) Unfortunately we will not be coming back without the food service. Good luck in the future.

  26. CharlesMay 17, 2014 at 5:35 pm #

    The brewery scene down in Asheville is red hot with establishments that encourage you to bring your own food or buy from on site trucks. I understand the socialist in New Albany have their collective heads up their asses regarding the food trucks but the success those Asheville breweries and Apocalypse in Louisvillle is having is no fluke. That would seem like the all-too logical route. Hope things go that direction. As of right now what are the hours at the BSB? Still want to frequent the place for growler fills and a cold one.

    • Roger BaylorMay 19, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

      Agree with you completely, thanks. Just this morning I was speaking to a food truck operator who may be on the verge of breaking through the regulatory jungle; stay tuned. Hours right now are 3 – 9 pm Tue – Fri, and noon – 9 pm on Sat and Sun. Thanks for writing.

  27. DaveMay 30, 2014 at 7:34 pm #

    Loved the beer. Loved the food. Still love the beer. I will continue to display the New Albanian sticker on my motorcycle throughout my travels. Wish you guys sold hats.

  28. CarlaJune 28, 2014 at 10:31 pm #

    Just wondering about the sauce you had for fries. The lavender. Can you get that somewhere?

    • Roger BaylorOctober 23, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

      It was homemade. Maybe ask a chef or culinary person?

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