CLEVELAND, Ohio - Work on Bad Tom Smith Brewing is in the finishing stages, with the brewery set to open its doors at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4.
It's great timing, considering Friday, Dec. 1, marks the first anniversary of when John Vojtush signed the lease for the space in Ohio City.
It's been a long road - delays, a pair of break-ins, and a lot of work - but Vojtush and his wife Sheryl Gittins are ready to go.
The cooler is chilling more than 50 kegs - amounting to about 10,000 pounds of beer, said Vojtush, who grew up in Twinsburg, lives in Pittsburgh, and whose brewery is based in Cincinnati. Ohio City was chosen more than a year ago as the first outpost outside Cincinnati for the brewery.
Work + planning
Bad Tom Smith will keep a handful of its beers on tap but also will employ home brewers. They will have a chance to learn to brew, with their beers eventually being put on tap.
Bad Tom Smith
"Think about that," Vojtush said. "A flight of home-brewed beers. I think that's very cool. There's no place else to go for that. They are the ones helping us go where we want to go."
A few other things to expect:
* Friday Night Flights, a beer-flight deal.
* Gray and orange-tinged ragged rock lines the walls and bar.
* Ohio City Burrito and Pizza Whirl are on the menu with lightning-quick delivery planned. About 20 items will be on the menu.
* A growler station will serve 32- and 64-ounce pours.
* "Trial By Jury" is a beer that the public can help determine how long it remains on tap: "They vote on it," Vojtush said. " 'Guilty' or 'innocent' or a 'hung jury' to try again."
* Beers range from Wickked Sheryl, a refreshing Pale Ale, to Churro Brown Ale, which has cinnamon sugar in it but is not overly sweet nor does it take on an overwhelming dry-spice finish. It offered the brewery a chance "to move away from pumpkin ale," Vojtush said. Customers will have choices ranging from a malty-leaning Kentucky Common to a Russian Imperial Stout....Read more