North High Brewing Opens New Brewhouse Facility
While most of Columbus has been preoccupied with the prospect of luring the big Stone Brewing Company expansion to our fair city, local beer brewers have been quietly working on expansions of their own. Zauber upgraded their systems in July, Seventh Son started canning their beers last month, and now North High Brewing is flipping the switch at their new brewhouse facility in the Milo-Grogan neighborhood.
“When we opened our High Street location, we did not anticipate a large demand for the wholesale of our beer to local bars and restaurants,” explains co-owner Gavin Meyers. “Shortly after delivering our first keg to a bar in May 2013, new account requests began coming in so quickly that within a few months we had exceeded our capacity to produce more beer. By July, we had to have the ‘we’re gonna need a bigger boat’ conversation, and began exploring our expansion opportunities.”
With no room to expand in their prominent location at 1288 North High Street, Meyers, along with business partner Tim Ward, looked east to the Milo-Grogan neighborhood located just on the other side of Italian Village where warehouse space is more plentiful and more affordable than the Short North.
“Milo Grogan met several requirements for us, chief among them being proximity to our current location, easy access to freeways for delivery logistics, and a building that is large enough to accommodate future expansion,” says Meyers. “Recent rumors of our intersection at Fifth and Cleveland being developed as a ‘production campus’ are adding to our excitement about the up-and-coming neighborhood.”
North High Brewing has been running on a two-barrel system since they first opened, brewing only four kegs of beer per batch. The new brewhouse features a much larger 20-barrel system with five 40-barrel fermenters.
“This increased capacity will allow us to distribute well beyond our current level of about 40 wholesale accounts, and ideally get into hundreds more bars and restaurants around town, as well as on the shelves at local groceries and carryouts,” says Meyers. “We will also be able to focus our activities and square footage in our Short North location toward the growing customer brewing side of the business.”
The production facility should officially be up and running tomorrow, and after brewing a few batches of beer, North High is planning to throw a party for friends and fans to celebrate. Future plans for the space include the addition of canning lines and a taproom.
For more info on North High Brewing, visit www.northhighbrewing.com.