Ill Mannered Brewing opening brewery and taproom in Powell
Powell will soon be getting its own brewery. A team of four experienced homebrewers - Brian Mathias, Greg Dannemiller, Ryan Romer-Jordan and Tom Ayers - are opening Ill Mannered Brewing at 30 Grace Dr.
Ayers said each of them has five to seven years of homebrewing experience, and they collectively decided to open a brewery. Ayers said they cast a wide net when searching out a location. They focused on the northwest corridor of Columbus and found themselves focused on Powell. They cited a clear desire for craft beer in Powell, as evidenced by the success of places like The Daily Growler.
"When you go to the restaurants of downtown Powell, it seems to very be craft-centric," Ayers said. "It's clear there's a thirst for craft beer, but there's no brewery. The closest brewery is Zaftig in Worthington, and that's over eight miles away."
The location on Grace Drive is about a quarter mile north of Powell's downtown. Ayers said the 1,000-square-foot space was ideal for a brewery, with the proper ventilation, electrical capacity and floor drainage in place already.
They plan to have a rotating selection of five in-house beers available for flights, pints and growler fills. There's no food service, but they'll allow customers to bring in meals from nearby eateries like Mojo Tago and Brooklyn Pizza. Ayers said they plan to have TVs and offer Wi-Fi.
The location's size emphasizes a connection between the brewers and the beer.
"You'll practically be sitting in the brewery," Ayers said, noting the group has visited other small breweries like Zaftig, Sideswipe and Four String, all of which use small taprooms in the brewery itself.
"It'll be us, the brewers, serving the beer," he said. "You'll be talking to the people who made it."
The target opening is Labor Day weekend, Ayers said. The group has received their federal license already, and the three-barrel brewhouse will be delivered in June.
In a press release, the group said Ill Mannered takes its name "from an anagram of co-founder Greg Dannemiller's last name and the coarse personality of another."
Nicholas Dekker writes about breakfast at breakfastwithnick.com and authored the guidebook "Breakfast With Nick: Columbus," with a second edition coming in 2015. He leads breakfast and brunch tours for Columbus Food Adventures and brewery tours for Columbus Brew Adventures.