The Homestead Beer Co. tasting room was pretty spartan when the production brewery first opened last year. It was a place to grab a growler and that was about it. But no more.
“We’ve completely renovated it and it looks really nice,” co-owner Kevin Atkinson said.
The tasting room now features a sharp 11-seat bar, walnut flooring, new lighting made from growlers and high top tables.
The brewery, located in Heath, will hold a grand reopening from 1 to 8 p.m. April 5 to show off the updated venue. The brewery also will unveil its spring seasonal, a French country ale, and welcome the Taco Sherpa food truck from Granville.
April 5 will mark the first time the tasting room will be open on Saturdays. Going forward, the taproom will be open from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
If that weren’t enough news for Homestead, the brewery also is one of 10 finalists for this year’s Ohio Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award. The winner will be announced April 8 in Columbus, with the top prize being $25,000.
“I’m hoping we win that baby,” Atkinson said.
Homestead was nominated by the Licking County Chamber.
The brewery also is working toward releasing 12-ounce six-packs later this year. Homestead has been available on draft and in 22-ounce bottles. It will continue to focus on the Columbus market as it expands its offerings, Atkinson said.
"I don’t want to prematurely go into another market and take focus off our home territory,” he said.