POMEROY — Walking through the downtown area of Pomeroy, there are several shops and businesses welcoming locals and visitors alike.
One of the newest among them is Maple Lawn Brewery which provides patrons with a unique craft beer experience just steps from the Ohio River.
On Saturday, brew master Hank Cleland took time to give customers, and the Sentinel, a tour while explaining the brewing process.
Maple Lawn Brewery gets its name from the old Maple Lawn Poultry Farm in Hemlock Grove. The farm also provides the source of water for the brewing process. On the farm property is a cave in a sandstone rock formation with a pure natural spring.
One of the newest additions to the brewing process is the double wall jacketed fermenter. The new fermenter is located in the lower level of Maple Lawn Brewery where the brewing process takes place. Cleland said that the fermenter currently holds Meigs County Gold Lager which will be ready in about six weeks.
The brewery also recently added a new grinder which speeds up the process of grinding grains.
Going through the brewing process, Cleland explained that after the grains have been ground, the grains are placed in the mash tun with hot water for about an hour. After that the sweet water is collected and pumped into the boil kettle. After about an hour, a whirlpool process is used to move the sediment to the middle of the boil tank before the liquid is run through a heat exchange and placed in the fermenter. It remains in the fermenter for three to four weeks depending on the brew.
Cleland explained that when carbonating the beer it is better to have small CO2 bubbles.
While the double wall fermenter is a new addition, the brewery still utilizes a homemade chiller system which Cleland installed prior to the brewery opening.
Maple Lawn Brewery is a business partnership between several investors from Jackson and Mason counties in West Virigina, as well as Meigs County.
The brewery opened in April 2016, after beginning renovations on the building in the early fall of 2015. Much of the material used in the tap room and adjoining party room are from local sources, including an old barn on the Cleland family property.
Maple Lawn Brewery was recently listed as one of five new breweries in Ohio to explore by Tourism Ohio.
There are a variety of brews on tap, including, the popular choices of Maple Lawn Pale Ale and Pink Panty Strawberry Ale. Cleland said his personal favorites are the IPA (Hanky Panky IPA) and Brown Ale (Big Bend Brown).
For those who may not prefer the brews or be old enough to sample, Maple Lawn also has its own root beer on tap, in addition to serving root beer floats.
The brewery, along with several of the other downtown businesses, will be taking part in the annual Christmas Open House event on Monday, Nov. 7. Specials will be offered that day, with the brewery open from noon to 9 p.m. Planned specials include a growler and four glasses for $35 and a free root beer for those who spend $100 or more at the other merchants in town. Additional details about the Christmas Open House event will appear in an upcoming edition.
Maple Lawn Brewery is open Tuesday-Thursday, 4:30-10 p.m.; Friday 4 p.m. to midnight; and Saturday from noon to midnight.
Maple Lawn beer can also be found on tap at other local businesses in Pomeroy.
For more information on Maple Lawn Brewery as well as upcoming events visit their Facebook page.