Maize Valley Brewery will hold its grand opening on Labor Day (Sept. 1), kicking off with eight draft beers. The nanobrewery — located at Maize Valley Winery in Marlboro Township — will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on opening day.
“We’re trying to make real flavorful beers with styles for every palate at this point,” said brewmaster Jake Turner, a full-time Alliance firefighter.
Maize Valley has held a few beer tastings and participated in this year’s Rhythm & Brews festival in Canton, but Monday marks its official launch.
The opening day selection will feature a blonde ale, amber ale, pale ale, India pale ale, stout on nitro, American strong ale, imperial pumpkin ale and cask-conditioned stout.
Turner, who homebrewed for seven years before joining the brewery earlier this year, is looking forward to receiving constructive feedback from craft beer fans.
Some of the beers have been made specifically to appeal to the winery crowd — in other words, lighter tasting fare. But Turner said craft beer fans should enjoy the specialty brews, including the IPA and cask-conditioned stout.
“Hopefully those will go over well with craft beer drinkers,” Turner said.
The hope is that beer sales grow and so does the brewery operation. Maize Valley is using a half-barrel brewing system.
“It’s going to be a challenge to keep up with demand,” admitted Turner, who added that he has no plans to leave his firefighting job.
Maize Valley will sell beer by the pint glass, but cannot offer growler sales right now because of its size, he noted.
Maize Valley is the latest Ohio winery to add a brewery. Others include Cellar Rats/Debonne Vineyards in Madison and Cellar Dweller/Valley Vineyards in Morrow.