Setting the bar high
If you’re visiting Ohio Brew Week, you probably know Jackie O’s Pub and Brewery.
For most of a decade, Jackie O’s was the only brewery in town. In that time, they cranked out a massive variety of brews, from poundable IPAs to crazy experimental bottles. The company expanded with the spacious public house, a separate production facility/taproom and a farm to supply the restaurant and brewery.
Even with a decade of change, quite a bit happened just this past year.
The most recent updates include a roof full of solar panels and a huge production expansion. Jackie O’s scaled up its 20-BBL system, adding three 120-BBL fermenters. This year also marks the first time you can get Jackie O’s seasonals in cans across the state, such as this summer’s “New Growth” spruce-tip IPA.
If you know Jackie O’s, you’ve probably also heard of the Union Street fire.
In November 2014, a large blaze broke out on the block of Union Street that houses part of Jackie O’s. The fire completely gutted other buildings on its way to the Public House. Jackie O’s lost its kitchen, and the bar and restaurant received major smoke and water damage.
Luckily for OBW attendees, a renovated Jackie O’s Public House returned earlier this year. The updated menu offers locally sourced steak specials and more food/beer integration. Fans of the core Jackie O’s line should try the Razz Wheat vinaigrette or Chomolungma mustard. When you stop by to try a Sparbock, check out the intense new draft system.
Jackie O’s already established themselves as an Ohio craft beer staple. Barely into their second decade, they’ve somehow upped the ante. And we thought it couldn’t get any better.
To keep up with Jackie O’s and all their new projects, make sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Tag a picture of you drinking one of their brews, they’d love to see it!