After hearing the news of a new brewery coming to Cleveland Heights, I knew I had to get the lowdown from the men behind it. This past week, I stopped into the location slotted to become The BottleHouse Brewing Company to meet with the owners, David Schubert (left) and Brian Benchek (right). Upon meeting the two, I was immediately taken with their welcoming personalities and bought into their vision for the currently empty space that is to be The BottleHouse.
The BottleHouse is going to be a new Brew on Premise (BOP) location in the Greater Cleveland Area. In addition to The Brew Kettle in Strongsville and Little Mountain Brewing Co. in Kirtland, BottleHouse will provide yet another option when it comes to taking your hand in brewing without the startup cost or mess at home. There are a lot of local brewers that enjoy this type of service and with The Brew Kettle having long wait lists to get in for a brewing, it seems as though the demand is high for more brew on premise facilities and being more central to the city, The BottleHouse is sure to be an attractive location for city dwellers.
A little about the Brewery
Both Brian and David have been brewing at The Brew Kettle for the past few years so they know the ins and outs on how to make it work. Living as neighbors in the heights, they also want what’s best for the community and plan on providing it. Spent grains will be recycled through numerous local venues and being family men, they plan the space to be child friendly. The BottleHouse will not just be a brew on premise location, it will be a gathering space. With a mix of atmosphere from communal handmade “beer garden style” tables to a living room space, they plan on providing an environment that all sorts of people will enjoy. But for those that need to sit at a bar to enjoy a beer, not to worry, the bar has not been overlooked.
More features include free wifi and they plan on a “stage” area to host music and entertainment. With 50 ft of windowed frontage on Lee Road, Brian and David plan on growing some hops and hope to get zoning passed for some outdoor seating. There are no plans for an extended food menu, but a limited amount of small bites will be offered. All other food will be sourced through a number of the nearby eateries.
The BottleHouse will have about a half-dozen taps for draughts of their house beers and possibly another tap to host other craft beers. House beers will rotate and will be available based on customer feedback so be sure to have your voice heard or speak with your wallet. A growler station is also in the works so to provide customers with the ability to take some their beers to go in 64 oz jugs. Don’t have a growler to get filled? No problem, a gift shop is also planned with merch from the brewery including glassware and apparel.
Brew on Premise
The recipe list will range from 60-100 recipes of mixed styles. You can choose from the list or submit your recipe to them to be approved before brew day. Among the recipes will be a few organic selections as well. They house ten kettles, a couple semi-automatic bottle fillers and capping stations. The coolers will have ample room for both ale and lagering beer. They are also preparing to have brewing clubs which means that you can get brew times locked in and share your brews among the club members. I think we shall start a Cleveland Craft Beer Brew Club.
Stay tuned for more news on when The BottleHouse will open, they are shooting for July but it looks like it will be a little longer. Good news is they are planning events in the near future and are planning on being a big part of Lee Road’s Rocktoberfest this coming fall. I cannot wait to see this brewery develop.