DankHouse Brewing opening soon in Newark

Written by on September 8, 2017 in Beer, Beer from Here - 8 Comments

The latest addition to the exploding beer scene in Licking County is DankHouse Brewing in Newark.

Husband and wife owners Josh and Heather Lange expect to open their doors in just a few weeks, though DankHouse has been several years in the making. The couple initially wanted to open a craft beer bottle shop, but their vision ultimately morphed into building a 2.5 barrel brewery. Josh left his job to devote all his energy to the renovation and construction of the new brewery — he is the architect, general contractor and chief laborer for the project. While Heather continues to teach at a local elementary school, she is providing the artistic touches to the finished space, which features a full wall mural on the left side (painted by Jordan Gulley) providing a great splash of color and whimsy, and multi-color wood paneling brightening the interior. The small L-shaped bar is faced with 3D wall panels providing a unique look, and the surface of the bar itself will be covered with tiny BB’s encased in resin. Heather is determined that they all be properly aligned before the resin is applied. Did I mention that they estimate there will be 220,000 of them?

With Licking County destined to have eight breweries in operation by year end, DankHouse plans to stand out with the outdoors: eight acres of it. When they open this fall, you’ll be able to enjoy a fresh beer with a game of bocce or corn hole. If all goes as planned, there will be sand volleyball courts and maybe even a regulation croquet court or a king-sized beer pong setup added in the spring. The fun and games are not limited to the adults — as an elementary school teacher, Heather knows a thing or two about young ones, so the brewery will also include an indoor playroom with games, art supplies, TV and video games to keep the kids occupied while Mom and Dad enjoy a cold one.

The 2.5-barrel brewing system will fuel three 5-bbl fermenters. Opening day will feature three house beers including an IPA (Grass Juice), a blonde ale (Blonde Moment), and a coffee vanilla stout (Coffee Drip). Following shortly thereafter will be a West Coast IPA and a gose. The remainder of their 10 taps will be filled by guest beers. While they won’t be serving their own food, DankHouse will be partnering with several area restaurants for delivery, including Moe’s BBQ, Barrel & Boar, and Ange’s Pizza. Live music will be offered periodically, with several dates already set.

For more information on DankHouse and their opening date, follow them on Facebook. DankHouse Brewing is located at 161 Forry Street in Newark.

About the Author

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

8 Comments on "DankHouse Brewing opening soon in Newark"

  1. Allen Stevens September 8, 2017 at 11:41 AM · Reply

    Wishin you the best. Craft On!

  2. DankHouse Brewing Co. September 8, 2017 at 12:53 PM · Reply

    The artist that did the mural is Jordan Gulley

    • Cheryl Harrison September 11, 2017 at 12:35 PM · Reply

      Thanks for the clarification, added that info to the article.

  3. Jessica Davis September 9, 2017 at 9:19 AM · Reply

    The owner Heather did not paint the mural. A local artist did and the owners refused to pay him for the work stating they couldn’t afford it…. Pay the local artist for his work, give him the credit that he’s due because starting a business this way isn’t going to get you far with the locals once they find out….

  4. Ashley Baker September 9, 2017 at 10:59 AM · Reply

    I just wanted to know if the author of this article realizes the owners are blaming him for not giving proper credit to the artist of the mural? Jordan Gulley of @jlgulleydesigns is the artist, not the elementary teacher. He also hasn’t been paid for his time on the project.

  5. Crystal Beers September 9, 2017 at 12:01 PM · Reply

    I am very excited for your opening. My name is Crystal VanHorn Beers I’ve grown up in Newark and also proudly served and tended to Licking County’s fine people for 15 years. I moved to Florida 2 years ago and recently just moved back to Newark. I would love to have the opportunity to meet you both and give you my resume. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to better our Community and wish you both successful blessings.

  6. Yawn September 9, 2017 at 8:38 PM · Reply

    Another brewery… cool………..

  7. Tony Austing September 10, 2017 at 5:12 PM · Reply

    Best of luck!!! Looking forward to some new brews in the area!

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