On Tap: Nostalgia Brewing Company
This month, the city welcomes yet another new brewery. Nostalgia Brewing Company made its debut the first weekend in February in Gahanna’s Creekside development, taking the place of Pigskin Brewing Company, which closed at the end of 2018.
Nostalgia Brewing is owned by Jason and Michelle Warren, who owned Multiple Brewing, a nanobrewery in Nelsonville opened in 2016. The Warrens connected with Shawn White, who runs a beer-centric website, Points on Pints. “We started talking, [and] I started checking out their space,” White said. “I noticed one of the things that was missing was a unique brand, something to tie it all together.” White, who has a day job in marketing, approached them several weeks later and offered his services pro bono.
As White became involved in the business, Multiple Brewing was offered the chance to take over Pigskin Brewing’s space.
“The idea was not that Multiple Brewing would come and take its place,” White said, “but that it would be a new brewery. Jason asked if I was interested and offered an ownership stake. That’s how Nostalgia came to be.” Multiple Brewing officially closed on Dec. 1, 2018.
After brainstorming and design work, the name and identity of Nostalgia Brewing took shape. Its beers tie back to childhood memories, like the No Wrong Way peanut butter porter, which recalls the old Reese’s campaign, or the Koosh hazy pale ale, which harks back to memories of throwing a koosh ball around. The 7734 helles lager nods to every kid who typed “7734” into their calculator in order to spell “hell” when turned upside down.
“Having a name like Nostalgia would hopefully elicit a discussion about a time in the past that was fun and exciting,” White said. “We want people to have a conversation, to interact with each other. It’s not just about drinking beer and having comfort food.”
Nostalgia retained head brewer Rob Moore from Pigskin Brewing, owing to his familiarity with the 3.5-barrel system. He’s brewing recipes that the Warrens developed at Multiple Brewing, as well as new creations. White added that the brew system offers a further bit of nostalgia: The equipment once belonged to the now-defunct Neil House Brewing, while the two 15-barrel fermenters were original to Seventh Son Brewing.
Currently, the food menu tends toward lighter fare like sliders, pretzels, hummus, grilled cheese and tomato soup. White says an expansion to the kitchen and the menu are both in the works. Nostalgia also offers a full bar with cocktails, cider, mead and seltzers. The new owners have outfitted the taproom with new tables and chairs, and plan to re-open the patio next month.
Nostalgia Brewing is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and until 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
81 Mill St., Gahanna