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Warehouse Containing Local Beer Distributor Burns in Overnight Fire

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The Dick Cold Storage warehouse located at 3080 Valleyview Drive burned down in an overnight fire. Local Columbus fire crews battled the blaze, and while there were no injuries reported, the building and its products are being called a complete loss. The warehouse owners sublet space to local businesses including craft beer company 17th Star Distributing, which launched in 2014.

“Sadly, the warehouse space was destroyed last night in a fire,” the owners of 17th Star posted on Facebook earlier today. “We would like to extend our deep appreciation and respect for the firefighters who have been working all night and today in containing this massive blaze. We also appreciate all of the kind words of encouragement we have been receiving from our friends and colleagues. This will not deter us and we will come back bigger and better.”

In the short term, local beer fans might notice a shortage in brands represented by 17th Star, including The Brew Kettle, Cismontane Brewing, Iron Fist Brewing, Common House Ales, Stout Brewing, and the Employee Brewing Company.

“We are expediting all of our shelf sales in central and southern Ohio,” stated Columbus-based Employee Brewing Company on Facebook today. “Please bear with us during this difficult time. Our hearts and thoughts are going out to all those affected by the fire and the families and individuals living in the west side neighborhood.”

The owners of Columbus-based Common House Ales — Ohio’s first B Corps brewery — shared a similar message.

“We don’t have details at this time, but it appears that almost all of our inventory, just three weeks after we started brewing, is destroyed,” they reported. “We are extremely grateful that no one was injured in this incident. We’re also grateful to all of you who have been discovering and supporting us.”

For more information, visit www.17thstar.com.

UPDATE: 8/21 7am — Greg May from 17th Star provided new details, below:

“We hope to have at least a temporary storage plan in place by Monday,” May stated. “If we can achieve that, we should be able to deliver beer on Tuesday. The local beer community has been incredible in terms of support. It truly is incredible to be part of a community that pulls each other up and has each other’s back. We will be back soon, bigger and stronger.”

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