Ohio Brewery News
Friday Six Pack with Britt Lakin, 1487 Brewery
Every Friday, we ask an Ohio craft brewery owner or employee to answer six questions about their path to the brewing industry, what sets their brewery apart and their thoughts on craft beer in Ohio.
Today we’ll chat with Britt Lakin, marketing manager at 1487 Brewery in Plain City.
What made you decide to get into the craft brewing industry?
With an array of service industry experience from retail, facilities, photography, hospitality and property management, craft brewing is such a good fit for me. The culture of community and collaboration is so important to me, and I love being able to tap into my talents to bring people together with craft beer!
What’s one piece of advice you’ve received from a member of the craft brewing community (either at 1487 or elsewhere) that’s helped you as you grow in the industry?
The advice that really hit home for me at the 2021 Craft Brewers Conference was from the co-owner of Montclair Brewery in New Jersey, Denise Ford-Sawadogo. Her advice was to create a sense of belonging at your brewery. We need to see all aspects of people: mom, wife, craft beer drinker, soccer fan, athlete, artist, etc. Bringing people together and providing a space where everyone feels welcome and accepted is one of the main goals of the craft beer community.
Which of your beers do your customers enjoy the most and why?
Our Helles is our “beer flavored beer” that is just hella good! It’s crisp, clean and tastes good with everything! Another customer favorite is our Blood Orange IPA which is made of our award-winning NE IPA infused with blood orange puree. It’s citrusy, tropical and refreshing!
What’s your favorite thing about your brewery?
The people! Everyone is just so great to work with and I love coming in and seeing customers that I now call friends. There is a trust level that is hard to come by and we all feel like family. I also LOVE our Biergarten: either playing cornhole, day-drinking at the biergarten tables with friends, or chilling by the firepit and watching the glorious sunsets, all of course while enjoying a delicious craft brew.
Besides your own, what Ohio craft breweries impress you the most and why?
As a Columbus native, Columbus Brewing Co. is where my love for craft beer started and they’re still one of my all-time favorites.
Where do you think craft beer is headed? What do you think craft beer will look like five years from now?
To the moon! Seriously though, I love how craft breweries keep exploring new territory! I hope we keep growing and creating community with craft beer.