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- Garrison Hilliard
April 2, 2017, 4:55 pm
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A group of Cincinnatians plans on opening a brewery on the city's West
Side by early summer.
Three cousins and a friend with 50 years of combined homebrewing
experience plan to open 13 Below Brewery at 7391 Forbes Road in Sayler
Park by late May or early June.
The brewery is being opened by brothers Dick and Ray Busche and their
wives Lyn and Monique, their cousin Bob Luebbering and his wife,
Cindy, and Doug and Anne Menkedick.
"They've been homebrewing for many, many years and over the years as
the recipes got better and better, we decided it was time to do
something more commercial and share our passion with family, friends
and the community," Doug Menkedick told me.
The group purchased the former Mariner's Inn reception hall to house
the brewery. They have a 10-barrel brew house and estimate their
first-year production will be 800 to 850 barrels.
The brewery will initially focus on traditional ales: west coast IPA,
Belgian white ale, blonde ale, porter, amber ale, stout and Scotch
ale. The brewery will open with five flagship beers with rotating taps
for seasonal or brew master's specials.
Menkedick said the brewery's taproom will have a family-friendly feel
with a rustic and industrial decor. The 20-seat bar will be topped by
maple wood and there will be wood accents and decorations throughout.
The bar will have 13 taps, all of which will pour 13 Below's own
The group chose the West Side for its brewery because the Busches and
Luebberings hail from that part of town and there is a relative dearth
of breweries there. Menkedick calls himself an honorary West Sider,
living just across the border in Indiana.
The name 13 Below comes from a term to identify the location of the
brewery. Locations along a river can be identified as being so far
"above" or "below" a well-known point. The brewery is 13 miles below
The brewery will have seating for 200 split between indoors and
outdoors as well as a growler fill station. The initial hours of
operation will be Thursdays 5-10 p.m., Fridays 4-11 p.m. and Saturdays
and Sundays 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
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