Welcome the New Year with a new space from a familiar brewery
Actual Brewing Company’s new Clintonville taproom and brewery is set to open in the first weeks of January. The 2,200-square-foot taproom features about 70 to 80 seats inside with an additional 25 on a front patio.
The taproom also features a 10-barrel brewhouse, to be operated by Scott Francis, veteran brewer from Barley’s, Temperance Row Brewing and The Winemaker’s Shop. The equipment comes from Actual’s airport-adjacent, East Side facility; it was the original system first used by the brewery when it opened in 2012.
The bar features 24 taps, which will include selections of local craft sodas, mead, cider and cold brew coffee. Actual’s mainstay beers will be featured, as well as beers created by Francis on site.
Fred Lee, co-owner of Actual Brewing, said Francis will brew roughly one new batch a week. “That’s about as much as people can drink,” he said. As for the styles, it’s totally up to Francis. “Scott’s going to do whatever he wants to do,” Lee said. “There’s no telling that man to do anything. He’s a great brewer. He makes good beer and we trust him.”
The taproom will also feature cocktails. “We’re still working with the right kind of mixology that we want,” Lee says, “I hope we see a lot of science-y kinds of cocktails, maybe some in beakers.”
Food service will be handled by Alana Shock, formerly of Alana’s Food & Spirits. The menu is still being developed, but Lee says Shock is being given free rein to create dishes that will complement the beer. Food can be ordered at a window, and will be run to tables.
True to Actual’s mantra of brewing “with tender loving science,” the pub will feature a scientific theme. The bar top is inlaid with a raised-relief map of the nearby Glen Echo Ravine. Several tables were lab tables purchased from Lee’s high school biology classroom near Cincinnati. Above the tables are lamps etched with stars; they represent the starscapes from the days Lee, Shock and Francis all married their respective spouses.
“It’s pretty science-y, a little nerdy,” Lee said, “but I want it to be warm.”