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Whitehall joining craft beer craze as childhood friends launch brewery

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The duo behind 2 Tones Brewing Co. may have big aspirations, but they’re fine with starting small.

 

Childhood friends Anthony McKeivier and Tony Hill are making the leap from a homebrewing hobby into retail brewing with their Whitehall-based venture at 145 N. Hamilton Road. The equipment has been delivered, permitting is underway and the craft brewery hopes to be cranking out beers from its five-barrel brewhouse by June at the latest.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/04/13/whitehall-joining-craft-beer-craze-as-childhood.html


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Elevator Brewing striving to stay ‘relevant’ in rival crowd

By Dan Eaton, Staff Reporter - Columbus Business First

March 18, 2016, 6:00am EDT

 

As so many craft beer makers ponder the start of business, Elevator Brewing Co.’s Dick Stevens is thinking about the end.  “I’m 77 years old,” the founder of the 16-year-old Columbus brewer said. “I have no one to leave it to. If something should happen to me, I need a decision maker who could carry it on.”  There is no succession or buyout plan in place, but Stevens brought on Jerry Bishop in January as general manager.

 

Stevens still has his hands in several special projects, but has stepped back from Elevator’s day-to-day business so that Bishop can run it.  “Making beer is easy,” Stevens said. “Selling beer is a pain in the butt. We didn’t anticipate this competition coming. We have to look at ways to stay relevant amid all the noise.”  Indeed, the craft brewing wave has crashed over Central Ohio.  Some 38 breweries operate in the area, and more are on the way, including a $30 million plant from Scotland’s BrewDog Plc.

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Its taproom at 171 N. Fourth St. also is in for change.  Thursday and Friday hours were added March 17 to the Saturday-only operation.  The space also is getting cosmetic upgrades, and Stevens is working on more events, including offering up the taproom as a pop-up art gallery. ... Stevens remains a co-owner with Kevin Jaynes and William Triplett of the Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus restaurant at 161 N. High St. downtown.

 

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/print-edition/2016/03/18/elevator-brewing-striving-to-stay-relevant-in.html

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Zaftig Brewing Co. to host grand opening of new brewery and taproom

 

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Zaftig Brewing Co. is ready to show off its bigger space.

 

The Worthington-area brewer will mark the grand opening of its new facility at 7020A Huntley Road in Columbus on May 21.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/05/10/zaftig-brewing-co-to-host-grand-opening-of-new.html


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On the brewery: Final concrete is being poured and all the structural elements are to be in place by August.  Work is underway in Germany on the 170-barrel brewhouse and they hope to be brewing test batches in early fall.  Below is the current state of the brewery interior in a photo from https://www.brewdog.com/lowdown/blog/columbus-catch-up:

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On the on-site bar: DogTap Columbus, as it will be called, is being designed by Columbus-based Design Collective.  Below is a mock-up of the in-brewery DogTap bar from http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/05/12/brewdog-update-take-a-virtual-tour-of-its-dogtap.html:

 

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^Thats about as generic as an interior can get. Also, the carnival lights/letters that spell Brewdog are so 5 years ago:). Pretty uninspired stuff. Maybe the beer will be good.

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Columbus Brewing brewery wants restaurant of same name to drop it

By JD Malone, The Columbus Dispatch

Friday, April 29, 2016 - 10:19 AM

 

After almost 20 years of coexistence, it's Columbus Brewing Co. versus Columbus Brewing Co.  ...  The craft brewery, whose legal name is District Brewing Co., is suing the Columbus Brewing Co. Restaurant in federal court over the use of trademarks, logos and other copyrighted property.  The brewery owns the name Columbus Brewing Co., and the brewery wants the restaurant to call itself something else.

 

The two businesses are separate entities.  District Brewing formed in 1988 and has held the trademark for the Columbus Brewing Co. brand since 1989.  In 1997, then-owner Jeff Edwards invited Cameron Mitchell to tack a restaurant onto the front of the brewery on Short Street.  Edwards stipulated that the restaurant would be called Columbus Brewing Co. Restaurant, according to court papers.

 

"Most beer lovers who savored the brewery’s CBC beers ... assumed the brewery and the restaurant were owned by the same owner," the brewery's attorney, Michael Byers, said in a statement.  Both businesses have changed hands since then.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2016/04/29/1-columbus-brewing-brewery-wants-restaurant-of-same-name-to-drop-it.html

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Thought I had already posted this about Columbus Brewing Co.'s new brewing location.  But here it is now:

 

Columbus Brewing launching larger brewery, new branding

By JD Malone, The Columbus Dispatch

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 6:00 AM

 

When Eric and Beth Bean settled on buying the former Hill Distributing Co. building on the West Side to house their business, Columbus Brewing Co., they saw it as more than just room to grow.  “The whole plan was to reinvent this brewery,” Eric Bean said. “This is a rebirth.”

 

The Beans bought the 50,000 square-foot building in 2014 and have sunk about $5 million into the project, including new, computer controlled 30-barrel German-made brewing equipment, four enormous 120-barrel fermentation tanks, and several new employees.

 

On Wednesday, the last piece of the puzzle fit into place.  The brewery’s new bottling line was tested at full capacity and the first cases of the company’s signature India pale ale, in new bottles with new, eye-catching labels were packaged.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2016/04/14/1-columbus-brewery-launching-new-brewery.html

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North Market “Sip n Stroll” Legislation Passes Ohio Legislature

By Lauren Sega, Columbus Underground

May 19, 2016 - 10:46 am

 

Business opportunities are expanding for the vendors of North Market after legislation passed permitting market-goers to “sip n stroll” with their purchased alcohol.

 

House Bill 37, first considered in September of 2014, was approved by the Ohio General Assembly Wednesday.  Co-sponsors of the bill, Columbus City Council member and former representative, Michael Stinziano (D-Columbus) and Rep. Mike Duffey (R-Worthington) said the bill merely bring places like the North Market up to speed with supermarkets like Kroger and Market District.

 

MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/%EF%BF%BCsip-n-stroll-north-market-ls1

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Funny how bipartisanship always seems to work with alcohol in this state.


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Columbus distillery begins selling absinthe

 

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A startup distillery known for non-traditional flavors has added absinthe to its lineup.

 

451 Spirits, based at at 590-D Oakland Park Ave. in Clintonville, began selling the high-octane, historically fraught spirit from a test run that co-owner David Chew expects to expand this fall.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/06/09/columbus-distillery-begins-selling-absinthe.html


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Craft brewer taking former World of Beer space in the Brewery District

By Dan Eaton, Staff reporter - Columbus Business First

Updated: June 10, 2016, 3:08pm EDT

 

Rockmill Brewery is adjusting its German Village plans in part by adding a new tavern and brewpub in the Brewery District.

 

The Lancaster area craft brewer still plans to take over part of the historic Juergen’s Bakery at 525 Fourth Street, a project that has met with some neighborhood opposition in German Village, but in the meantime it also will be moving into the former World of Beer space at 503 S. Front Street.

 

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/06/10/brewpub-coming-to-former-world-of-beer-space-in.html

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Rockmill Brewery building 'dream' plant, restaurant and event center

 

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Rockmill Brewery is raising its Columbus visibility with a pair of projects in German Village and the Brewery District, but the biggest expansion on tap is at the company's converted farm in the Lancaster area.

 

Greenfield Township trustees last month approved a redevelopment plan that Rockmill co-owner Matthew Barbee said will allow for a “boutique system” that'll be a more efficient, state-of-the-art brewery.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/06/14/rockmill-brewery-building-dream-plant-restaurant.html


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This is old, but from the list I know Hoof Hearted's tap room / gastropub is up and running as is Kindred Artisan Ales.  Three Tigers is mentioned above.

 

2 Tones was set to open this month - anyone have any info on that?

 

Combustion is set for an October opening

 

Is Grove City Brewing up and running?

 

The number of breweries in the Columbus metro area will probably be near 40 by the end of the year, especially if you count crossovers like Platform, Hoof Hearted, etc.

 


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Columbus Brewing bottling beloved Bodhi – here's how to get you some

By Dan Eaton, Staff reporter - Columbus Business First

Updated: July 1, 2016, 1:50pm EDT

 

Beer fans, rejoice – bottles of Columbus Brewing Co.’s Bodhi are going on sale.

 

The revered local beer is being packaged for the first time and its Columbus-based craft brewer is marking the occasion with a release event set for July 16.

 

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/07/01/columbus-brewing-bottling-beloved-bodhi-heres-how.html

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Columbus Brewing brings on strategy chief from BrewDog to 'take the cuffs off and grow'

By Dan Eaton, Staff reporter - Columbus Business First

July 1, 2016, 2:26pm EDT

 

The Bodhi release isn’t the only bit of news from Columbus Brewing Co.  The company also said it hired Jason Davis as its new director of strategic planning. Davis, who worked at Columbus Brewing early in his 25-year career in the industry, joins from BrewDog USA.  He was hired as vice president of the expanding Scottish brewery in January after spending the bulk of his career with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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With Columbus Brewing’s expansion — six new 120-barrel fermentation tanks were installed this week adding another 75 percent to capacity on top of the initial expansion into its new 50,000-square-foot brewery six months ago — and the company’s need and desire for bigger picture planning, Davis said he was drawn to the new position and the opportunity to work with a good friend.

 

MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/07/01/columbus-brewing-brings-on-strategy-chief-from.html

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Italian Village brewers' corridor getting new brewpub with rooftop patio bar (plus 8 for-sale homes)

 

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Another brewpub is in the works along what’s becoming Columbus’ brewers’ row.

 

Arch City Development LLC plans to build a 2,983-square-foot brewery and restaurant at the southwest corner of North Fourth Street and East Fifth Avenue in the Italian Village neighborhood, with eight townhomes to the south, fronting North Fourth Street.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/07/15/italian-village-brewers-corridor-getting-new.html


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Buckeye Bourbon House Coming Soon to Gay Street

 

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Gay Street will soon be home to a new place to drink Downtown. The North Carolina based Concord Hospitality Enterprises announced today that they would be launching the “Buckeye Bourbon House” in a 4,000 square foot space inside the Buckeye Building, located at 36 East Gay Street.

 

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http://www.columbusunderground.com/buckeye-bourbon-house-coming-soon-to-gay-street


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Warehouse Containing Local Beer Distributor Burns in Overnight Fire

 

The Dick Cold Storage warehouse located at 3080 Valleyview Drive burned down in an overnight fire.  Local Columbus fire crews battled the blaze, and while there were no injuries reported, the building and its products are being called a complete loss.  The warehouse owners sublet space to local businesses including craft beer company 17th Star Distributing, which launched in 2014.

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In the short term, local beer fans might notice a shortage in brands represented by 17th Star, including The Brew Kettle, Cismontane Brewing, Iron Fist Brewing, Common House Ales, Stout Brewing, and the Employee Brewing Company.

 

MORE: http://www.columbusunderground.com/warehouse-containing-local-beer-distributor-burns-in-overnight-fire

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BrewDog's 55% ABV beer (with stuffed squirrel) can be yours — for a price

 

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With big beers now legal in Ohio, one of the biggest will be available here.

 

If you have an extra $20,000.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/08/31/brewdogs-55-abv-beer-with-stuffed-squirrel-can-be.html


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Another craft beer distributor launches in Columbus

 

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Craft beer isn’t a business for brewers alone. As Central Ohio’s beer-making scene grows, it has sprouted related enterprises, be they bars and restaurants or hops and barley growers.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/09/02/another-craft-beer-distributor-launches-in.html


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2 Tones Brewing, Central Ohio's newest craft brewery, hits the market

 

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The beer is flowing from 2 Tones Brewing Co.

 

The Whitehall-based craft brewery delivered its first kegs in August and is now working to keep up its supply while balancing the limitations of its system and the fact that the founders both still hold day jobs.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/09/08/2-tones-brewing-central-ohios-newest-craft-brewery.html


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...but in bigger news for Columbus, BrewDog selected their site in...

 

BrewDog CEO reveals Franklinton pub site, new start date for U.S. production

 

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BrewDog is putting a pub at 463 W. Town St. in Franklinton.

 

BrewDog USA Inc. may be behind its initial timeline, but its leadership remains undaunted.

 

The public got its first look at the Scotland-based craft brewer’s $30.4 million, 100,000-square-foot Canal Winchester brewery over the weekend as 1,000 investors were invited in for the company’s first ever U.S. AGM ("annual general mayhem" in BrewDog parlance), a combination business meeting, beer festival and concert.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/09/26/brewdog-ceo-reveals-franklinton-pub-site-new-start.html


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Columbus craft brewer expanding with taproom in Clintonville

 

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After a few false starts in its first four years, Actual Brewing Co. is moving forward with a second taproom.

 

The Columbus-based craft brewer has signed a lease for a 2,500-square-foot space at 2808 N. High St., a former flower shop next to Lucky’s Market and a post office. It hopes to open the Clintonville taproom in 2017.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/09/28/columbus-craft-brewer-expanding-with-taproom-in.html


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BrewDog's building is ready ... but apparently the brewing equipment is not:

 

Snags delay BrewDog's beer production locally

By JD Malone, The Columbus Dispatch

Monday, October 3, 2016 - 5:31 PM

 

The Scottish craft beer maker has hit some snags in its expansion across the Atlantic, including delays with construction and delivery of equipment, but its India pale ales and other suds should begin flowing early next year.

 

"We’re looking at February or March at the moment for our first release from Ohio," said co-founder James Watt. ... With the brewing equipment running behind, hiring has been put off until January, Watt said.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/business/2016/10/03/snags-delay-brewdogs-beer-production-locally.html

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Touring Platform Beer Co.'s under-construction downtown space

 

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Platform Beer Co.’s Columbus experiments will go beyond a steady stream of small batch brews.

 

The Cleveland-based craft brewer will use its downtown space as both a barrel house and cider house for its growing operations.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/10/19/photos-touring-platform-beer-co-s-under.html


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Elevator Brewing rebrands with photography

BY RICK ARMON, THE BEER BLOG

Published: October 19, 2016

 

Dick Stevens always tries to wear some article of clothing that bears the Elevator Brewing Co. brand when he’s out and about.  Whether it’s a hat.  Or shirt.  Or whatever.  The Elevator founder figures it’s a little way to spread some awareness about the Columbus brewery.

 

What he's found is that many people have never heard of Elevator, a brewery that has won two bronze medals at the Great American Beer Festival.  “When we’ve been around for 17 years and nobody has heard of us, that’s a problem,” Stevens said.  To try to fix that, Elevator is rebranding, following the suit of Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, Maumee Bay Brewing Co. in Toledo and Columbus Brewing Co. in Columbus, which also have redesigned their logos and packaging in recent years.

 

Despite its longevity, Elevator believes it has gotten lost among all the new breweries that have popped open in Ohio during the recent craft beer craze.  Craft beer drinkers seem to want new, new new and the media spotlight often shines brightest on the state's new brands.  Rebranding is a way to recapture some attention. ... Elevator, which operates both a production brewery and restaurant in downtown Columbus, opted to go with photography because it’s uncommon among breweries and will help distinguish the brand on store shelves, Stevens said.

 

MORE: http://www.ohio.com/blogs/the-beer-blog/the-beer-blog-1.273124/elevator-brewing-rebrands-with-photography-1.720423

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On eve of 2nd anniversary, Land-Grant Brewing looks at another jump in production

 

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Ahhh, these breweries, they grow up so fast.

 

It was just two years ago that Franklinton’s Land-Grant Brewing Co. turned a vacant manufacturing space at 424 W. Town St. into a 12,000-square-foot craft brewery and taproom.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/10/21/on-eve-of-anniversary-land-grant-brewing-looks-for.html


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Food pairing: Rockmill Brewery finally gets a kitchen to match its beers

 

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The culmination for Rockmill Brewery of years of dreaming and months of deliberation opens to the public this week.

 

The Lancaster-area craft brewery is opening Rockmill Tavern at 502 S. Front St. in the Brewery District on Wednesday, Oct. 26. The 3,800-square-foot restaurant not only transports the brewery’s Belgian-style beers to a more urban setting, but it also allows owner Matthew Barbee to finally pair his creations with food on a regular basis.

 

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http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2016/10/24/food-pairing-rockmill-brewery-finally-gets-a.html


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