The Phoenix Brewing Co. -- a new five-barrel production brewery and tasting room in a former mortuary in Mansfield -- opened to the public last weekend.
The brewery opened with five beers: a pale ale, stout, IPA, ESB and American wheat. (For a full description, check out Mansfield News Journal Brewologist Steve Goble's review by clicking here.)
"The place was wall to wall people on Friday and Saturday," partner Steve Zigmund said.
The feedback so far has been positive, he said. He noted that some people ordered a sampler and remarked that it was the "first time they had a sampler and liked every single beer. We're pleased with that because if the beer isn't good, you're not going to be around long."
The partners learned one thing from its opening weekend -- they need to brew more beer. "We're trying to keep ahead of demand right now," Zigmund said.
They are bringing in some beers from Millersburg Brewing to provide more variety in styles "and make our beers last a little longer," he said.
Phoenix is open from 4 to 10 p.m. Thursdays, 4 p.m. to midnight Fridays and 2 p.m. to midnight Saturdays.