After brewing its beer at home and on other breweries’ systems for three years, Faklandia Brewery– launched in July 2016 by Nate Fakler and Ben Mantay – has finally found a home of its own.
The two hope to convert a former industrial space at 2525 E. Crawford Ave. in St. Francis into a brewery and taproom by spring.
A Kickstarter campaign to raise $10,000 toward the project has been launched.
Fakler, worked in a hotel kitchen in California and, later, took part in the Barley to Barrel program at The Crafter Space after getting into homebrewing with his father.
He decided to create an unique “interactive storybook brewery,” for which the two are creating an accompanying board game and a geocaching component.
Faklandia Brewing owners aiming for spring 2020 opening
A microbrewery that comes complete with its own fantasy storyline is looking to set up shop in St. Francis.
The owners of Faklandia Brewing have submitted an application to use the building at 2525 E. Crawford Ave. as a brewery and tap room. The city’s Planning Commission will consider the special use application when it meets on Wednesday evening.
Benjamin Mantay, co-owner and chief operating officer of Faklandia, said the idea of creating a brewing company with a fantasy twist came up in 2017. That’s when he and Nate Fakler, Faklandia co-owner and progenitor/brewer, realized they both had a dream of opening up their own brewery while they were tasting other craft beers.