Voodoo Brewery is ready to call Ohio home.
The Meadville, Pennsylvania-based brewery announced today (July 9) on Facebook plans to open an independently owned brewpub on Lee Road in Cleveland Heights nearby the BottleHouse and Boss Dog breweries.
The brewpub apparently will be part of the Voodoo Franchise Group, which was launched last year.
"This pub will not only feature year round beer selections but also pub exclusives," the brewery said in the post. "Patrons will also be able to enjoy the same eclectic pub fare that they have grown to love at other Voodoo Brewery locations.
"Throughout our 13-year history, we have always had a commitment to our loyal regional fans and we cannot wait to bring our world class beer, quirky personalities, and relaxed atmosphere to Cleveland Heights and greater Northeast Ohio community."
The brewpub hopes to open this summer. Further details weren't available, as the brewery wasn't immediately available for comment.
The employee-owned Voodoo has locations in Erie, Grove City, Homestead, Lancaster and State College in Pennsylvania. It also has plans to open in Washington, D.C.
“We have had many people reach out to us over the years saying they want to open up pubs in their area. This is locally and globally,” Chief Operating Officer Jake Voelker told NEXTpittsburgh last year. “The questions we had were, ‘How many pubs do we really want to do?’ and ‘What is the mechanism to be able to do it and do it appropriately?’”
Voodoo isn't the first out-of-state brewery to open in the Buckeye State. Boston Beer Co. has long operated a Samuel Adams production brewery in Cincinnati and recently opened a tasting room. Southern Tier has opened a brewpub in downtown Cleveland, while BrewDog opened a production brewery in Canal Winchester and is opening brewpubs around the state.
There are many more examples, including Rock Bottom in Cincinnati, Gordon Biersch in Columbus, Hofbrauhaus in Cleveland and Columbus, and Granite City in Lyndhurst and Maumee — not to mention numerous BJ's Brewhouse & Restaurant locations throughout the state.
Forbidden Root Restaurant and Brewery also has plans to open in Columbus.