The Knotty Pine Returns to Grandview As a Brewery

Anthony Dominic
Knotty Pine Brewing owner Jay Kessler

House beers aren't the only new digs on tap at Knotty Pine Brewing. Visit the Grandview brewpub (which replaced Rude Dog Bar & Grill in March) on weekend mornings, and complement a stack of blueberry pancakes or biscuits and gravy with a draft bloody mary that, at $5, just may be the best deal in town. Guests self-pour the mild or spicy version of Knotty Pine's house bloody mix-"It's really balanced, and we just love it," says owner Jay Kessler-then it's over to the bar for vodka, hot sauce and a handful of house-pickled garnishes.

If you stop in for lunch or dinner, wash down chef Bret Perichak's Italian-leaning pub fare (think stuffed pepper sliders and build-your-own pizzas) with the KP Mirror Lake IPA or the KP Cherry-Smoked Porter ($4.50 per pint), two of Kessler's favorites because "they go with almost everything we serve." Other house brews rotate week to week. In early May, Kessler also tapped his Hoppy Mandarin Wheat ale, the Third & W root beer ale and the Third EyePA, a collaboration IPA brewed with The Ohio Taproom. The rest of the bar's draft lines are occupied by a lineup of beers mostly brewed within the I-270 belt.

For Kessler, beer and brunch are key to making the Knotty Pine name relevant again. Starting in the 1930s, the Knotty Pine occupied 1765 W. Third Ave. first as a grocery store, later as a diner and eventually as a beloved family restaurant before falling into obscurity and being purchased by Rude Dog in 2013. Kessler, a former Rude Dog partner and home-brewer, was moved by hearing story after story about the much-missed neighborhood staple. "This building has so much history and so many memories," he says. "It feels great to bring it back like this."