FINDLAY, Ohio (13abc Action News) - A fire ripped through downtown Findlay last winter. That blaze started down the block but burned up part of Findlay Brewing. Despite challenges, the owners didn't give up.
Since that fire nearly two years ago, Findlay Brewing's only been open for growler fills. That's where you bring a jug for a to-go fill; they can't serve on site. But now, they're expanding 30 times their output.
"It's been really exciting. It's also been terrifying," co-owner Susan Treece said.
"Our brewery that we're running right now is really small," Aaron Osborne said.
Aaron and Susan are two of Findlay Brewing's five owners. They're making the leap from just six to go taps to ...
"20 taps, at least to start with," Osborne said.
And many of these craft beers are made with your non-craft drinking mom, dad, or Bud Light drinker in mind.
"Beers that you would consider easy to begin drinking craft beer with," co-owner Steve Treece said.
Accessible brews and one-offs, thought up, where else?
"Just sitting at a bar drinking beer wondering why there were no craft breweries in northwest Ohio,," co-owner Treece said. "At that time it was Maumee Bay and that was it."
"We're just going to go forward put the money in this new place," Susan Treece said.
After the fire at the old location on Main, brewmasters settled on a warehouse space on Crawford, a place with a wild past.
The city police had their gun range here. There's still bullets embedded in the steel work back here," Steve Treece said.
The owners hunted for the perfect location for years, and dealt with permitting setbacks. They even had to set six inches of concrete to get out of Findlay's famous flood plain. But Aaron says the Flag City is ready...
"Yes we definitely can expand this place. There's definitely a market for it," Osborne said
Findlay Brewing hopes to open by next spring (2018). When they do, they'll have a restaurant that is family friendly.