A hybrid craft beer brewery and coffee shop is coming to Clintonville.

The team behind the Wetstone Beer Co. (a play on Whetstone Park and Whetstone High School) announced last week that it plans to open its operation by the end of the year.

“We’re all beer enthusiasts and we’re all coffee enthusiasts,” Wetstone President Massie Lawson said, so it seemed like a natural fit.

Wetstone will open as a coffee shop in the morning and start serving beer around lunchtime, Lawson said. It will remain a full-service coffee shop until the evening, she said. The details are still being worked out.

The Wetstone taproom will move into the space that once housed Clintonville Outfitters in the 2800 block of North High Street. Clintonville Outfitters moved north to the 600 block of High Street in Worthington. The brewery will serve beer crafted in a 15-barrel brewhouse on the East Side.

The team behind the brewery are all current or former Clintonville residents, Lawson said. “Its vibe matches ours,” she said.

Wetstone will feature an espresso bar and serve cold-brewed coffee on draft, a news release said.

The brewery owners plan to bring in a rotating cast of food trucks during lunch and dinner.

They’ll offer tours of the brewhouse a few days a week once it’s up and running.

A team of craft beer industry veterans will run the operation, including head brewer Jake Borsvold and Director of Operations Don Cotter. Borsvold worked for both Brewdog and the Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland. Cotter has worked for Kindred Ales in Gahanna. And Lawson worked for Land Grant Brewing Company and Dark Horse Brewing in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

 

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