Little Mountain Brewing Co. may open its new brewpub and brew-on-premise business in Mentor as early as this weekend. (Oct. 11-13)
“This building was nothing but four walls,” brewer and owner Bob Weber said Monday during a brief tour of the former pool hall. “It was just an empty box that sat vacant for years.”
Little Mountain had announced earlier this year that it was closing its tiny bar and brew-on-premise business in nearby Kirtland and relocating to Mentor, where it is expanding in size and also adding food service. The former site, which closed last month, was just too small, Weber said.
The new 7,200-square-foot brewpub — the old location was only 1,200 square feet — sports a bar with 12 tap handles, party room, musical stage, kitchen and brew-on-premise equipment, along with a separate three-barrel brewing system and fermenters in the back. There's also some adjacent land where Weber would like to grow hops one day.
The exterior is an attractive mix of concrete block and brick -- a major change from the worn shopping plaza exterior at the former location.
“We tried to say brewery as much as possible,” Weber said about the atmosphere inside, which features copper colors, stainless steel and the tin-ceiling look above the bar.
Visitors immediately see the brew-on-premise kettles as they enter. Why? “Because it’s the show,” Weber said.
The brewpub also has some red and green -- or as Weber says, Mentor High red and Lake Catholic green.
The kitchen will serve burgers, wings and tapas.
Little Mountain may be a bit tough to find -- at least the first time. It’s located along, but not directly on busy Mentor Avenue. The brewpub is behind a Wendy’s fast-food restaurant and people will have to drive down a concrete ramp to visit.
“They only have to find us once,” Weber said.