Buzzsaw Brewing Quietly Opens Taproom

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Buzzsaw owners Andrew Watkins and Quinn Bartlett opened their small brewery in Whitehall in February 2021. Without a taproom, and in the middle of the pandemic, all their sales were cans to retail and kegs to commercial accounts. Twelve months later, February of this year, they quietly opened a small taproom and began limited on-site sales. The taproom space is currently very limited as they await all the necessary permitting to open the full space. Ideally, by September they will announce their Grand Opening with seating for approximately 50; considerably larger than the current 15 or so.

The small bar seats four, and a couple of tables comprise the rest of the current taproom, very reminiscent of the early taprooms at Homestead, Actual, and Sideswipe. Behind the bar are a dozen taps, all pouring house beers. The lineup is very strong on Belgian style ales with a notable lack of an IPA. Ask for an IPA and they will recommend their Czech Pilsner.

Bartlett does the brewing with small batches being made with their one-bbl pilot system and their seven 1-bbl fermenters, while the higher volume beers are contract brewed, but fermented on-site in their two 30-bbl fermenters. Expect to find Belgian ales and German lagers dominating the lineup.

When you are there, take note of the tap handles. They are made from their retail can labels, all of which were designed by Watkins. Cans and kegs are available to-go.

The taproom is located on the back side of an office park at 951 Robinwood Avenue just off of E. Main Street in Whitehall. Currently hours are Weds-Friday 4-8 and Saturday 12-5. Buzzsaw is not yet on the Columbus Ale Trail, but is part on the ‘Ohio On Tap’ app.

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

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