Outerbelt Brewery and Taproom Now Open
A new brewery and taproom is opening soon in central Ohio. The newest addition to the Route 33 Brew Trail, Outerbelt Brewing, opens its doors this Saturday, June 15 in Carroll.
Located at 3560 Dolson Ct., Outerbelt has taken over the 25,000 square foot building that used to house Lowe’s and Columbus Industries. Owner and head brewer Dan Griffin says they’re only using half of the space, with the ability for expansion if necessary. Right now Outerbelt spans 10-12,000 square feet, with 4,500 square feet of production space and 6,000 square feet for their taproom.
Their full production system includes 30 barrels along with a three barrel pilot system. After getting their alcohol production permits nine months ago, they’ve been making IPAs and sours, two favorites of Griffin and assistant brewer Dominic Kirchgessner. Recognizing the popularity of low ABV and low calorie brews, Griffin says they’re working on a light lager that’ll be out soon as well.
“We’re kind of all over the place,” says Griffin. “We just want to make high quality beer, and whatever our guests want to drink we’ll make, we think — no pigeon-holing.”
Griffin says he’s always been itching to open a brewery, and the idea’s been floating around in his mind during every other job he’s held. Two years ago, when he met Landis brothers Robert and Davey, it all came together. The two wanted a unique business to take up the space, and Griffin was ready to spread his brewing wings.
Griffin says they’ll be self-distributing cans as well, focusing on marketing and selling to a localized clientele. They’ll hone in on the four or five surrounding counties, and offer up kegs for distribution to local bars and restaurants.
As with many breweries and taprooms, Outerbelt will utilize food trucks. They’ll operate seven days per week: 3 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 12 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12 to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information, visit outerbeltbrewing.com.