Chardon BrewWorks & Eatery in Chardon is doubling its BrewWorks beer lineup and has dropped all outside beer brands, wine and liquor. The move is designed to take advantage of a new state law that allows brewers to sell their own beer at their breweries without having to purchase a second costly liquor license.
Instead of having six Chardon beers on tap at the brewpub, there will be 12. The following beers will be available year-round: Pride of Geauga Maple Porter, Donna Do Ya Wanna Hefeweizen, Working Man Pale Ale (ESB), Golden Spike American Pale Ale, Ironworker India Pale Ale and Muzzy Cream Ale. There also will be six rotating taps: a nitro, stout, imperial, fruit, seasonal and brewers' choice.
"With this change, I want to offer our guests a wide variety of beer choices," owner/brewmaster Mike Nedrow said in an email. "I realize that not everyone is a beer drinker, let alone a craft beer drinker. We would like to provide great entry-level beers for the new beer drinker such as Muzzy Cream Ale, as well as great 'out-there' beers such as our Chocolate Pomegranate Milk Stout brewed with bakers chocolate and pomegranate juice. Up to now, we have only brewed ales due to refrigeration constraints. We just freed up our beer cooler and I'm very excited that we are going to start playing with some lagers, as well."
He said he reviewed sales earlier this year and found that the outside products "accounted for about 3 percent of our total alcohol sales." He decided it wasn't worth paying for the second liquor license and didn't renew it on Oct. 1.
"We officially became a 'brewery with a tasting room," he said. Meanwhile, the menu at the gastropub hasn't changed.