April Fools Day: New Microbrewery Launching in Longaberger Building
After the iconic basket-shaped Longaberger Company building in Newark was vacated and place on the market in 2016, locals have wondered what kind of business — if any — was suitable to take over the structure. That question has finally been answered today, as a new microbrewery operator has officially purchased the building.
The new brewery will make good use of the unique building, which will proudly be displayed in the name of the new business: the Hops and Wicker Brewing Co.
“We’re excited to soon call the most unique architecture in Licking County Home,” stated Hops and Wicker President Scott Bullard. “We’re confident that our unique lineup of beers will be well represented there.
Bullard added that the beers at launch will include an IPA, a Double IPA, a seasonal IPA that will be rotated out each quarter, an a limited release IPA that will be available in small batches during special events.
Representatives from Longaberger declined to disclose financial details about the sale of the property. Bullard also didn’t provide information about the transaction, noting that he wouldn’t be the first person to shy away from admitting how much money these expensive baskets cost.
Bullard did state that renovations would begin this summer once plans have been approved by the Licking County Review Commission.
“While some of the building will need to be cleared out for the brewery’s production and warehouse space, we’ll be incorporating those elements into the brewpub and taproom that will be open to the public,” Bullard added. “Our bar top, tables and chairs will all be made with reclaimed basketweave.”
Hops and Wicker is expected to open on August 23rd, which will feature a performance by twenty one pilots.
For more information, visit www.hopsandwicker.com.