Limited taproom hours coming soon to Granville Brewing

Written by on July 13, 2017 in Beer - 1 Comment

One of the best kept secrets in the central-Ohio brewing scene over the last five years has been Granville Brewing. Owned by Jay Parsons and Ross Kirk, the nanobrewery is tucked away behind Kirk’s farm house on a small farm on Route 16, a couple miles west of Granville. Because they do not have taproom hours, they are not on the Columbus Ale Trail, and consequently few beer lovers have had the opportunity to sample their fine beers directly from the source. The exception has been those that have taken Columbus Brew Adventures’ Licking County Brewery Tour, which stops at the brewery.

For its first five years, Granville Brewing’s one barrel system was only producing about 50 barrels/year, so most of that beer never made it out of Licking County. Their brews have occasionally been spotted on tap The Ohio Taproom or the Mellow Mushroom, or in bombers at Crafted Drafts, but seldom elsewhere. Now with a new seven barrel system in place, expect that to change. Output will jump to approximately 300 barrels annually, and more of that beer will be moving into Franklin County. Parsons and Kirk are exploring potential distribution deals, which make their beers a more frequent sight in the Columbus market.

Another important change will be the addition of limited taproom hours. Since the taproom is actually Kirk’s personal 700 square foot “man cave,” some work needs to be done to make it more accommodating for larger crowds. In late June, the pair held a very modest soft opening, with only a dozen folks having the opportunity to be their first customers. Another such private event will be held this month to iron out logistics, after which limited public hours will be announced. Follow Granville Brewing on Facebook to find out when taproom hours will kick off.

If new capacity, new distribution and new taproom is not enough, how about some new beers? Head brewer Pinto, AKA Steven Wagner, is now using the old one barrel system as a test kitchen for new recipes. On his to-brew list are a Belgian Cream Ale and a kettle-soured Gose, interesting additions to their current line-up which is headlined by a Saison, a Belgian Tripel and an Imperial Amber.

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Bill Babbitt is a retired engineer, beer lover, and freelance writer for Beer Advocate Magazine.

One Comment on "Limited taproom hours coming soon to Granville Brewing"

  1. Columbus Brew Adventures July 17, 2017 at 1:24 PM · Reply

    We love Granville Brewing, the last time we had a tour there, the group “made” us stay an extra hour. We have renamed the tour the Granville & Buckeye Lake Tour and will have one run on July 30th.

    Excited to see more beers coming to Columbus.

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