The big garage door attached to the Bell Tower Brewing Company building in Kent was wide open on a sunny day in late May. A big truck was busy hauling big, stainless steel tanks into the space.
That space will be where all the magic happens. It will hold tanks, coolers and a whole host of other equipment needed to make beer in-house.
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Jennifer Hermann and Ryan Tipton and a handful of others were on hand last week to help unload the equipment. Inside the former church building, drywall had recently been hung. Crews were in the process of putting on the finishing touches on electrical and plumbing. Tipton’s mom was even on hand to help, sanding and varnishing a pair of 14-foot doors.
The opening of Bell Tower Brewery at 310 Park Ave., will be a big deal not just for beer enthusiasts, but also fans of historic architecture. Tipton said he believed the former church building, originally constructed in the 1850s, has been closed to the public since R.W. Martin and Sons Inc. purchased the property in the 1940s. It had ceased operation as a church about five to 10 years prior to that, Tipton said.
Bell Tower will be the third brewery in Kent. It also will be the sixth brewery in Ohio to be opened in a church, Hermann said.
“We’re not trying to do anything crazy. It’s a historic building and we wanted to keep the historic feel to it,” he said. “Really, outside, the only things…