Local Craft Brewer Partners with The Roosevelt Coffeehouse at Lewis Center Taproom
With the opening date fast approaching for Olentangy River Brewing Company’s production facility and taproom at Lewis Center, the business has announced the local coffee company they’ll be partnering with. Social enterprise The Roosevelt Coffeehouse will present a full coffee bar alongside Olentangy River’s craft brews.
The co-branded space will be familiar to those who’ve visited the Downtown coffeehouse, says Olentangy River co-owner Ryan Wilkins, a frequent visitor of Roosevelt’s Long Street shop. He says combining the two in the same location will offer an experience to those in the Lewis Center and Worthington area that can’t make it to similar places in the core of Columbus.
“I think a lot of people that live north of 270, it’s a challenge to get Downtown,” Wilkins says, “and I think everybody wants to have access to the great local businesses and support them, but people who live farther away, it becomes more difficult to do that. So, we’re just going to bring it to you.”
Olentangy River brews and Roosevelt offerings will all be integrated on the same 30-foot bar. Coffee drinkers can show up to the taproom as early as 7 a.m. for their morning joe and select baked goods.
For those who prefer their alcohol, the Roosevelt experience extends over to the bar side with Olentangy River’s flagship beer, the Roosevelt Coffee Stout. And, once Roosevelt begins releasing their own roasts, Olentangy River can start on more brewing experiments using the different beans coming out of their roastery in Franklinton.
Wilkins and Roosevelt founder Kenny Sipes started talking collaboration at a nonprofit event back in 2017. Wilkins said he knew from the beginning that Roosevelt was the company he wanted to partner with to offer coffee at the taproom, based on the social enterprise’s community impact. The coffeehouse works to support organizations tackling issues like hunger, unclean water and human trafficking, and has raised a total nearing $80,000 for these initiatives as of April of this year.
“Over the past year and a half since that conversation, we have really caught a vision for what Olentangy River Brewing is planning to do in the community, and we are super excited to be walking alongside them to make their vision come to life,” Sipes said in a release. “This is a great next step for our business, and can’t wait to see it in action.”
Along with coffee and beer, Olentangy River will host a variety of local food trucks, though Wilkins couldn’t offer specifics. They’ll open the doors to their new production facility and taproom, located at 303 Green Meadows Dr. S., within the next couple months. An opening date announcement is coming soon.
For more information, visit olentangybrew.com.