New brewery opens in downtown Powell

Here we go again: Columbus, say hello to your newest brewery! Nocterra Brewing Company will open its doors to the public at noon on Saturday, Feb. 2., marking the end of nearly 13 months of work on a taproom and brewery just a couple of blocks off the main drag of downtown Powell.

Located in a 100-year-old freight depot building next to a set of train tracks, Nocterra's facility features a 15-barrel brewing system, a taproom that seats up to 99 and a quarter-acre outdoor beer garden with fire pits. The grounds also include space for food trucks. Once the warmer months arrive, the beer garden will expand to include more seating and children's play areas.

Nocterra founders Bryan Duncan and Bruce Vivian first met through homebrewing competitions at Buckeye Brewcraft in Westerville. The brewery was born over a love of craft beer and the outdoors; the décor, beer names and general vibe nod to both.

The brewery is set to feature 10 house beers on tap at opening, spread between lagers, IPAs and sours, plus two house-made sodas. The lagers include the Trail Break helles lager, finished with sapphire hops, the Dan dunkel, and the Terra Noir Baltic porter, which also comes in a version infused with coffee. IPAs include the Beta Flash Northeast IPA and the Scioto Coast Double IPA finished with honey, as well as the Tree Well White Pine IPA. Three kettle sours will be offered at opening, including the brewer's base Swell Line gose, plus two fruited varieties.

Nocterra will launch a larger barrel-aged sour program after opening, with more sours hitting the taps after several months. The brewery also owns a canning line — the only one in Delaware County — to eventually can some of its beers.

Nocterra gets its name by combining aspects of the founders' lives: “nocturnal” from their habit of brewing in the evenings, and “terra” as a nod to the earth and the outdoors. The brewery chose a moth as its logo, symbolizing “bugs,” the term brewers use in reference to the live yeast cultures that ferment beer.

Nocterra's open hours will be Tuesday through Thursday 4-10 p.m.; Friday 3 p.m. to midnight; Saturday noon to midnight; and Sunday noon to 8 p.m.