Fifty West Brewing Co. is heading to Chillicothe.
The Cincinnati brewery plans to open a brewpub in the community along U.S. Route 50 either later this year or early next year. The $2 million project involves renovating a red brick building at 1 N. Paint St. into a brewery-restaurant.
“Route 50 spans across the heart of the country from Ocean City, Md., to Sacramento, Calif.," Fifty West managing partner Bobby Slattery said in a prepared statement. "Our travels on this road gave us a sense of how America evolved and was built from coast to coast. We had a dream that one day we could expand the Fifty West experience. This brewpub is the next step in bringing that vision to life.”
Chillicothe, a city of about 21,000 people, is an hour south of Columbus and at least an hour and a half northeast from Fifty West.
Fifty West, which opened in 2012, recently was named the 49th fastest-growing craft brewery in the U.S. by the Brewers Association. It operates both a brewpub and production brewery in Cincinnati.
The brewery hasn't settled on the size of its brewing system just yet, but it will be in the five- to 10-barrel range.
Slattery noted that breweries were centerpieces for communities across the country in the late 1800s and today's craft breweries are serving as social gathering spots and "breathing life back into so many great towns across America."
“Chillicothe is a city rich in people and history, with many parallels to our core values including access to trails, rivers, and parks," Slattery said. "We could not be more thrilled to be a part of this revitalization.”
Fifty West is the latest Ohio brewery to open or announce a location in a different city, as craft brewers are trying capitalize on people wanting to drinking locally made beer. Fat Head's Brewery has sites in North Olmsted, Middleburg Heights and Canton. Cleveland-based Platform Beer Co. has opened locations in Columbus and Cincinnati, and plans to open in Pittsburgh. Akron-based Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. opened a brewpub in downtown Cleveland. Saucy Brew Works in Cleveland has announced plans to open in Columbus. Meanwhile, the Lakewood, N.Y.-based Southern Tier Brewing Co. opened a brewpub in downtown Cleveland.
“The city of Chillicothe is delighted to welcome Fifty West Brewing Co. to our wonderful community,” Chillicothe Mayor Luke Feeney said in a prepared statement. “We look forward to the brewpub on North Paint Street creating jobs, spurring continued economic development and revitalization downtown, and serving as a wonderful business for our residents to enjoy for years to come.”