Valley Vineyards, a third-generation, family-owned estate winery, is expanding into craft beer. The winery, located in Morrow about 30 miles northeast of Cincinnati, plans to start brewing within the next couple of months and become Ohio's newest nanobrewery. The beer will be marketed under the name Cellar Dweller Brewery. Director of operations Kyle Schuchter said he noticed a correlation between wine drinkers and craft beer drinkers, and the potential to grow his family business. "We are in the people-pleasing business, and our goals have not been creating a winery or a brewery but a destination," he said.
Steve Shaw, who has been homebrewing for about 10 years and is part of the Schuchter family, will serve as the head brewer. "We figured why not take something we've been doing as a hobby, and take it to the next level while allowing customers to enjoy," Shaw said. "Valley Vineyards has been an operating winery for over 40 years and adding a nanobrewery to the operation, we will have the opportunity to serve a wider range of customers."
Valley Vineyards will become the second estate winery/brewery in Ohio. Debonne Vineyards in Madison was the first. Debonne operates Cellar Rats Brewery. Valley Vineyards will be a nanobrewery, using a SABCO Brew-Magic system. The plan is to start with an American pale ale, English India pale ale, light lager and a quarterly seasonal, Shaw said.
The beer will be available on draft and only at the winery at first. Cellar Dweller hopes to start selling its beer in late January or early February. The plan also is to start distributing and bottling its beer within a few years. "Our wines have been voted the best in the state, and with a respectable regional reputation we have high hopes for Cellar Dwellar Brewery," Shaw said. The Cellar Dweller website is still under construction, but you can see the Facebook page -- which also is being developed -- by clicking here.