Shane and Jacqui Creepingbear fell in love after making their first batch of hombrewed beer in 2004. Not only with each other, but with the beer industry as well apparently. As the couple traveled the globe, they made sure they visited breweries along the way. They decided that their small community of Yellow Springs in southwest Ohio and home of their alma mater Antioch College needed a brewery of its own. "It soon became apparent to us that we were going to be the people to make it happen," Shane said. The Creepingbears hope to open the Vitruvian Brewing Co. in the next nine to 12 months. "This venture will bring something special and unique to our already well-known town that will help to develop and support this community that we love," said Shane, who works in admissions at Antioch College. "We think that it has potential to get access to an untapped local market." The brewery will focus on production only, serving local restaurants and bars. There will be no brewpub, but they want to have a tasting room.
In case you're wondering about the name, it has plenty of significance. It's an homage to the Vitruvian Man -- Leonardo da Vinci's famous drawing that is referred to as the "Canon of Proportions." Antioch College's logo is often referred to as Vitruvian A and resonates with alumni. "We tie da Vinci's Vitruvian Man in with a practice that we have learned to embrace through our interdisciplinary learning experience at Antioch," Shane said. "We see the work as a method of tying science directly to the arts. We both know it takes a good deal of both science and art to create a good beer. To sum up my rant, we hope to takes these aspects and put that quality and effort into our beer, combining science and art in a way that will ultimately lead to our brew meeting the standard of something that might be considered the 'Canon of Proportions' of beer. We hope to make it as epic as it sounds." To check out the brewery Facebook page, click here.