Clark Myers always got a good response when he handed out his homemade beer to friends. So he figured why not turn professional.
Myers is launching Bucks Brewing Co., a new nanobrewery in Newark. It’ll be the fourth brewery in Licking County, joining Buckeye Lake Brewery in Buckeye Lake, Granville Brewing in Granville and Homestead Beer in Heath. (CORRECTION: I previously reported there would be three, forgetting that Buckeye Lake is in Licking County.)
Bucks will be small. Myers, who has been homebrewing for eight years, has a one-barrel system set up in a detached garage at his home, with the brewing stand coming from Psycho Brew in Michigan and the tanks coming from Stout Tanks and Kettles in Portland, Ore.
The brewery will be so small, in fact, that there are no plans now for a tasting room. Instead, Bucks will focus on providing fresh draft beer to the local community. Myers, who has a job building and servicing swimming pools, said he wanted to be cautious when launching the venture and would expand to a larger system if there’s enough customer demand.
"I’m going in extreme baby steps," he said. Bucks doesn’t have a logo, website or Facebook page yet.
Beer drinkers can expect a white ale and then the general brewery fare of a pale ale, India pale ale, porter and stout, he said. "What I like to drink is what I want to brew and sell," he said. "I’m not into the crazy sours or the really fruity fruit beers."
Bucks has applied for its state brewing license, but it’s unclear when it will open. "As soon as [the authorities] say I’m legal and can roll, I will," Myers said.
The Bucks name has an interesting backstory. Many people may think it’s related to The Ohio State University Buckeyes or the Buckeye State. But no. It’s an old family joke.
Myers used kid with his brother that he had buck teeth. They each started calling each other Buck. "When we were kicking around names, he threw out Bucks and that was available," Myers said.