^ Ross Kirk telling stories over glasses of Wit in the very personal taproom at the Granville Brewing Company, now available to schedule for private tastings.
Licking County craft beer is getting a serious look from Central Ohio beer fans. In just five short years Licking has gone from zero breweries to “quite the brewing hub” according to Columbus Business First. Already home to five popular breweries, each producing distinctive varieties of ales, Licking County is about to welcome three newcomers with DankHouse Brewing Co (Newark), Trek Brewing Co (Newark), and 1487 Brewery (Alexandria) slated to tap their first kegs by this fall. That makes seven local brewers in Licking County. If they all keep brewing quality beer then there should be plenty of room in the market for everyone. Granville Brewing Company is ready for their next wave.
^ The evolution of Licking County as a craft beer destination.
DELIBERATE & STEADY COURSE
To me, the Granville Brewing Company has been a mystery. From the beginning they’ve played the part of the quiet kid in class, avoiding the spotlight on purpose. While most breweries are beating their drum, holding tapping parties for new releases, or tap takeovers at favorite watering holes, owners Jay Parsons and Ross Kirk have kept Granville Brewing Co quietly on the fringe. They followed a deliberate, steady growth plan. Until now they let their beer do the talking and the beers have done a good job based on praises from beer blogs and local media.
^ Flagship beers. The Oppressor Imperial Amber, The Betrayer Tripel, and The Reaper Saison.
Kirk and Parsons pay attention to producing quality Belgian styled beer. They avoid trends, opting instead for ingredients rooted in traditional styles. Their malts are imported from Belgium, yeast raised in biolabs in Oregon, and mineral-rich Licking County water. “We make exceptionally-crafted beer that we love to drink and are proud to serve to our family, friends, and neighbors,” says Kirk. “And while we've steadily grown over the years, one thing will never change - it's always been and always will be about the beer.”
^ Recent expansion could elevate productivity to 350 barrels per year, with plans to have a public taproom.
Most of the Granville Brewing's beer is distributed in and around Licking County at local establishments, with a limited amount heading west to Columbus. That is likely to change soon. Granville Brewing Company has recently completed installation of four 7-barrel brewing systems which could increase their annual production from 50 barrels to 350 barrels. The expansion coincides with plans to have a public taproom and hold events on the brewery’s acreage along St Route 16. In the meantime, if you want to book a tasting for a small private group contact brewer/operations manager Steven “Pinto” Wagner at (614) 371-8613.
For a growing central Ohio population, Licking County is the hot new craft beer destination. People love Licking for our wide variety of craft beer and for our rural escape. So much so that Columbus Brew Adventures, Columbus’ original brewery tour operators, have created a tour just for Licking County. Granville Brewing Company has been a favored stop from the start.
^ Licking County likes beer. Compared to Franklin County, Licking County has a higher per capita ratio of breweries to people (1 in 21,174).
The Granville Brewing Company
5371 Columbus Rd