I found Flatrock Brewing Company on the Homebrewers Association website. After seeing a brewery in Holgate, Ohio, (a dot on the map, but I’m told that they do have a Subway) I knew that we had to check it out.
The brewery/taproom is housed in a cool little building just off of Holgate’s main drag just north of the railroad tracks.
We had a great chat with the brewers while we were there. Nice folks that are passionate about making and talking about making beer. We covered everything from state law to label approval to demand and distribution.
Currently, the taproom can only serve growlers to go or bottles to go, but pending a hearing to change the Ohio law on facilities required to serve on site next week, they could be serving their beer and a light bar menu before the Spring.
They currently do 20 gallon batches, but recently ordered a 55 gallon boiling kettle because they are having a hard time keeping up with demand even with brewing ever day (which we all agreed is a good problem to have!)
I would recommend calling or Facebooking them to make sure that they have the beers that you want before making the drive. (They replied to my message on Facebook in less than an hour and are very active on social media.)
We were able to taste samples of the three beers that they had on tap. Then, of course, we bought a growler of each to take home.
Speaking of growlers, theirs are the coolest that I’ve seen. Mason jars. It makes perfect sense for a small brewery. They are both economical and memorable.
A small, country, farming town brewery packaging their beer in “hooch” containers is fantastic! The marketing can write itself. That said, their beers are anything but hooch.
Their current lineup is as follows: Towpath Classic American Pilsner, Pritchard Lane American Pale Ale, and Flora Belgian Style Blonde Ale. They are planning on having a monthly rotational beer as well as seasonals.
Towpath C.A.P. is a pre-prohibition style american pilsner that is naturally carbed using local honey.
Pritchard Lane A.P.A. was my favorite. It has a nice balance of hops and malt. Very, very drinkable.
Flora Belgian Style Blonde Ale is very different. It is a blonde ale that is aged in oak barrels with Brett and Lacto bacteria. If you were asked to do a blind sniff test, you would swear that it was orange juice. It was amazing delicious. It was a very smooth and drinkable beer with a slightly sour finish. It is now one of my favorite unique beers.
I have a feeling that I’ll be making the 50 minute drive down there more and more as the year progresses (motorcycle rides).
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