Brewery News: Henmick Farm & Brewery coming to Delaware; Granville's Three Tigers expanding
Restaurant openings, closings and more Central Ohio food and drink news
Henmick Farm & Brewery, a scenic craft brewery and event venue set on a 100-year-old farm, is planning to open this summer at 4380 N. Old State Road in Delaware. The brewery’s founder, Nick Sheets, said his great-grandfather first purchased land for the farm around 1916. The 265-acre farm is still owned by Sheets and his family. The brewery has been a longtime dream for Sheets, who said he was inspired by visits to rural breweries around New England. “They have these farm breweries out in the countryside,” he said. “I just never understood why it hasn’t really caught on yet in Ohio.”
Construction on the brewery began in 2019, and after reflecting on what he wanted to do for the next 20 or 30 years, Sheets stepped away last year from his career with a global packaging manufacturer to focus full-time on the brewery's launch. He had planned to open Henmick Farm & Brewery last fall, but was forced to shut down construction because of the pandemic.
Henmick will produce a variety of beer styles from its 15-barrel brewing system, and Sheets said he plans to announce a head brewer in the coming weeks. Henmick beers, and eventually hard ciders, will be available to enjoy at the on-site taproom, but the brewery has no immediate plans for distribution. Food trucks will provide a dining option. “We’re really focusing on the facility itself, the outdoor spaces. It’s going to be: Go ahead and browse around the property,” Sheets said. “We have tons of space. We’ve got space for private events, indoor and out, and we’ll plan on having a lot of public events, as well.”
Meanwhile, in downtown Granville, Three Tigers Brewing Co. (140 N. Prospect St.) and its sibling restaurant, Mai Chau, are going ahead with plans to move across the street into the former Granville Fire Station. In December, Granville Village Council voted unanimously to allow Three Tigers/Mai Chau to assume ownership of the former fire station, which was built in 1972. The restaurant/brewery was picked over two competing proposals.
At 6,000 square feet, the firehouse is more than double the size of the restaurant/brewery’s existing space. All of the fire station’s garage bays will be replaced by roll-up garage doors, and a 500-square-foot horseshoe bar will be added, said co-owner Scott Wilkins.
More production space will allow Three Tigers to get its beers into more hands. “We’re looking to do real small-scale distribution, with grab-and-go six-packs at the taproom and maybe some locations in Columbus that will carry our cans, as well,” Wilkins said.
Mai Chau will also have more room to build on its existing menu of Vietnamese-inspired fare. “If you’ve seen our kitchen, we work out of a really tiny space. It’s actually pretty miraculous what we’ve been able to put out food-wise,” Wilkins said. “We’re growing the kitchen by 300 percent and the production facility [by] the same. Dining space will [more than] double.”
The new facility will also enable Wilkins and his business partners to offer private events in the brewing facility without disrupting their restaurant customers. “We’ll be able to accommodate large parties and catered events all while having a busy restaurant,” he said.
Wilkins and his business partners are targeting a September opening, in time for Granville’s Hot Licks Blues Festival.