Dan Blatt, the brewer at the small, seasonal J.F. Walleye’s Microbrewery on Middle Bass Island in Lake Erie, is launching an effort to start his own brewpub.
“The craft brewing industry is going crazy,” he said about the number of proposed breweries in Ohio.
Blatt, who significantly raised the quality of the J.F. Walleye’s beers when he took over as brewer last year, isn’t ready to reveal the location of his brewpub publicly yet. He would only say it's in northern Ohio. He added that the brewpub won’t be a large operation, just a seven- or 10-barrel system.
“It’s a long ways away right now,” he said.
The goal is to open by St. Patrick’s Day next year. He also said his long-term plans call for canning beer for distribution. He said he will launch a blog at some point to detail his progress.
Blatt will continue to serve as brewer at J.F. Walleye's while he works on his operation and plans to have beers available at the International Beer Fest at the I-X Center in Cleveland in May. In addition to serving as brewer at J.F. Walleye's, Blatt is a full-time special education teacher at Lorain High School. He works with kids with emotional and behavioral problems.