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White Squirrel Brewery reopens for business

Dominic Di Palermo
Blake Layne, left, and Katie Thompson laugh during the White Squirrel Brewery’s Grand Opening in Bowling Green on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2023. “I’m super excited for White Squirrel to be back,” Thompson said.

White Squirrel Brewery is back in Downtown Bowling Green thanks to a new partnership between Sean Stevens and Brian Mefford. 

Stevens dropped out of WKU and began learning to brew in Chattanooga, Tennessee. After perfecting the craft, he moved back to Bowling Green in 2015 and opened up the original White Squirrel Brewery on Broadway Avenue. 

“It was a small building. We had a kitchen (and) a little bit of brewing system, we had to brew in the middle of the night because we didn’t have any room to grow,” Stevens said.  “We had to move the kitchen out of the way, move the brewery in at night and I brew all night.”


Beer sits on the Tornado Bar during the White Squirrel Brewery’s Grand Opening in Bowling Green on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2023. Mefford explained they call the bar the Tornado Bar because it’s made from wood harvested after the 2021 Tornado that hit Warren County. (Dominic Di Palermo)

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, the brewery went down. In 2021, a mutual friend introduced Mefford, Vice President of VETRO Fiber Strategy, a broadband network company, and Stevens to one another. The pair hit it off and planned to reopen the White Squirrel Brewery together.

The brewery celebrated its grand reopening on Saturday, Sept. 23, with a day of beer, music and entertainment for the community. 

“We have basically four venues under one roof,” Mefford said. “We have a special events room,  a bar slash pub, a traditional brewery space, and a music venue in the back. We also have an outdoor space, a beer garden, in the very back.”

The White Squirrel Brewery is a family-friendly establishment that will offer trivia on Thursdays and live music on Fridays and Saturdays. 

“I don’t care if you’re 12 or 92 … we want it to be Bowling Green’s living room,” Stevens said.  “We want anyone and everyone in here, bring your kids in, bring your dogs in.” 

Some of White Squirrel’s signature brews include a Jalapeno Kolsch, a Nut Brown Ale and a Pale Ale. The process to create these drinks takes around two weeks, bringing grain to glass. White Squirrel Brewery provides eight different handcrafted beers to its customers. 

White Squirrel Brewery is located in downtown Bowling Green at 302 State Street. The brewery is open 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Saturdays and 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays. 

News Reporter Izzzy Lanuza can be reached at [email protected]

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