Findlay Brewing Co. likely will be closed for at least five weeks because of a major fire along North Main Street last week. (Check out the video from NBC 24 below.)
The fire took place in a neighboring building, but the nanobrewery and tasting room still suffered some water damage and lost some beers that were fermenting, co-founder Aaron Osborne said. The brewery also shared a water line that was destroyed and now has no source of water.
Findlay will have to replace a floor, repair the ceiling, rebuild its inventory and put in a new water line before reopening.
“We really lucked out when all’s said and done,” Osborne said. “We fared a lot better than the other businesses.”
He hopes that the tasting room will reopen in five weeks, but said that’s an optimistic estimate.
In the meantime, Findlay beers are available at the Wine Merchant, Bourbon Affair and Logan’s Irish Pub; and Brewfountaine in Bellefountaine.
In more uplifting news for Findlay, the brewery is looking to relocate and expand.
Osborne confirmed there are plans to upgrade to a 15-barrel brewing system and move to a new building on East Crawford Street. The new site will allow the brewery to open its tasting room every day — it’s only open on Friday nights now.
Osborne was quick to point out that the financing isn’t in place yet -- look for a crowdfunding effort to start soon. He also added that there’s no opening date set.
“We always say, ‘We don’t know,’” he said. “Maybe by the end of the year.”