Buckeye Lake Brewery in Buckeye Lake is expanding. The brewery will lease additional space in the same building, allowing it to double its current size of 1,400 square feet, owner Rich Hennosy said.
"We’re really excited about it," he said. "It’s a good thing for us to grow a little bit."
The seven-barrel brewhouse and other brewing equipment will be relocated to the new space, which was once occupied by a bakery. That will allow for more seating at the current pub, which is "busting at the seams," he said.
The odd part is that a lawyer's office sits between the pub and the new production area. Picture a plaza with a separate store in the middle. Legally, Buckeye Lake must build a fence behind the building to connect the two spaces -- a set-up similar to Jackie O's brewpub and restaurant in downtown Athens, Hennosy said.
"We’re a little disappointed that the brewing equipment is going to move out of the pub but that’s how we’re going to get more seating," he said.
Buckeye Lake will offer tours of the brewery and now there's space for private parties. The brewery also will be poised for future growth, Hennosy said.
The brewery is considering bottling or canning its brands. "At least now we know we have the space to start planning that," he said.
Hennosy said he hopes to be in the new space by next spring. Of course, the expansion plans are on hold because of the partial federal shutdown. Buckeye Lake will need federal approval for its expansion.