Gemüt Biergarten now open in Olde Towne East

Written by on August 23, 2019 in Bars, Beer, Taprooms - No comments

A new brewery officially opens today in Olde Towne East: Gemüt Biergarten.

“Gemüt is short for gemütlichkeit which is the feeling you get when you’re in a German beer garden,” said Chelsea Rennie, one of four owners of the brewery. “It’s about being comfortable and happy with friends and family. It’s about good cheer and acceptance.”

Naturally, Gemüt Biergarten is inspired by such German beer gardens, both those she and husband Kyle Hofmeister visited abroad and one much closer to home.

“We went to Germania on Front Street for one of their beer garden events and it was a really nice experience,” said Rennie. “We wanted to bring something aesthetically like that to our neighborhood.”

Rennie and Hofmeister initially weren’t planning to open Gemüt as a brewery, instead intending to feature import drafts. But during a game of D&D with Rob Camstra, Camstra pitched the idea of adding a brewery and asked to bring fellow former Four String brewer Nick Guyton into the project.

“We knew Rob and Nick were great brewers and the style of beers we wanted to brew were right up their alley,” said Rennie. “It takes a good skillset to lager properly.”

Rennie, a self-proclaimed nerd, used Nordic mythology as inspiration for Gemüt’s beer names, and even commissioned an artist to design mythologically-inspired stained glass artwork which is prominently featured behind the bar.

Gemüt’s massive beer garden is about 2,000 square feet with 1,000 square feet under a large awning and an adorable area tucked away in the corner especially for kids.

“We definitely plan on trying to winterize the patio,” said Rennie. “Ohioans will sit outside anytime if it’s mildly pleasant.”

The brewery setup includes a seven barrel brewing system with five bright tanks and eight fermentation tanks. On tap for the opening are Alfheim Hefeweizen and Woden’s Hunt Dunkel, both of which were contract brewed at Canton’s Royal Docks Brewing using Gemüt’s recipes in order to have beer available for the opening. Gemüt now has beer fermenting in their own tanks that will be ready to serve in a few weeks.

German-inspired food alongside Rennie’s Macedonian family recipes fill out the food menu with wurst, schnizel, salads and sides available. A full wine and cocktail program are also offered including a few shareable punch bowls.

Gemüt Biergarten is located at 734 Oak Street. The brewpub will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to midnight.

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Cheryl Harrison. Editor of Drink Up Columbus. Co-Founder of the Columbus Ale Trail.

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