Craft House Pizza came about when erstwhile Hometown Pizza partner Tom Brown moved into craft beer, purchasing Cumberland Brews’ former production-scale brewery in 2019, installing it at his Preston Highway location, and placing this newly established Hometown Brewing Company’s house beers alongside the existing pizza, pasta, hoagies and strombolis.
And it was good.
The food menu was rebranded and expanded into Craft House Pizza, new locations came on line, and just to illustrate that the brewing operation was no gimmick, in 2022 Beer Connoisseur Magazine selected Foxbody 5.0 lager as #58 in its Top 100 American beers of the year (I’ll have a Red, please).
Got all that?
The popularity of pairing pizza with beer should be obvious, but when you’re making your own beer to distribute to your own pizzerias, that’s the sort of draft line control that maintains a constant level of beer production and sell-through. In short, one needn’t worry about taps being taken by marauding wholesalers.
Craft House Pizza locations are indeed proliferating. Reporting at Louisville Business First, Michael L. Jones finds Brown presently guiding his creations into the former Union 15 at Colonial Gardens in the South End as well as a new space in Germantown, making seven Craft House Pizza locations in all (six in Louisville and one in Lawrenceburg).
Craft House Pizza is moving into the former Union 15 space in the Colonial Gardens development at 816 W. Kenwood Drive, near Iroquois Park. The chain is also opening a new restaurant in a former Maytag repair shop at 1500 S. Shelby St., near the intersection of Shelby Street and Burnett Avenue.
Tom Brown, owner of Craft House Pizza, said the Colonial Gardens restaurant should be opening in mid-March and the Shelby Street location will open two weeks later.