Ohio Brewery News


Image courtesy Urbana Brewing Company
Image courtesy Urbana Brewing Company
Champaign Supernova

With this Friday’s grand opening of Urbana Brewing Company, there will be an active craft brewery in 73 of Ohio’s 88 counties. Can you guess the five Ohio counties with more residents than Champaign County – population 38,699 – that do not yet have a brewery? Read to the end for the answer.

Urbana Brewing Company, like many breweries in smaller communities, is setting itself up to be an activity hub for local residents. The brewery snagged some prime real estate in downtown Urbana, right in the heart of the action at the intersection of routes 36 and 68. The tucked away entrance on a corner in Monument Square leads into to a cozy taproom meshing stainless steel and original brick elements. In warmer months, the brewery plans to open a small rooftop patio with a separate bar so patrons can soak in the sun and suds.

The brewery’s initial beer lineup spans several styles, ranging from hoppy options like the Park Ave. pale ale and Centennial IPA, to more malt-driven beers like the Kilted Climber Scotch ale and Forgotten oatmeal stout. The brewery will be offering flights so you can try all six beers on tap, as well as crowlers so you can bring home your favorites (though no crowlers will be filled on opening weekend.)

The ribbon cutting ceremony happens this Friday, Nov. 18 at noon. Urbana Brewing Company will be open Wednesday through Sunday, offering a focused food menu in addition to the beers on draft. Ohio On Tap app users will be able to get their passport stamps starting at noon on Friday.

Give the brewery a follow on social media for more info on this weekend’s grand opening and for future events and beer releases: instagram.com/urbanabrewingco

Ohio counties currently without a brewery, by population:
  • Belmont – 65,849
  • Pickaway – 59,333
  • Sandusky – 58,715
  • Lawrence – 57,445
  • Madison – 44,386
  • Perry – 35,460
  • Fayette – 28,906
  • Van Wert – 28,732
  • Adams – 27,542
  • Henry – 27,538
  • Pike – 27,089
  • Meigs – 22,049
  • Paulding – 18,871
  • Monroe – 13,329
  • Vinton – 12,696

The smallest Ohio county with a brewery is Morgan County (pop. 13,682), home of Old Bridge Brewing Company in the county seat McConnelsville.

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