Valley Vineyards Taps Into Beer Market

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Morrow Winery Now Brewing Beer
POSTED: 3:42 pm EST February 7, 2012
UPDATED: 5:37 pm EST February 7, 2012

MORROW, Ohio -- Valley Vineyards is hoping that their new line of
beers becomes as popular as its wine.

The Morrow vineyard is only the second in Ohio to brew its own beer.

Head brewer Steve Shaw has been making beer as a hobby for about 10
years, and he's helping Valley Vineyards expand their product line
after 42 years in the wine business.

"I think it'll just broaden our customer base," said Joe Schuchter,
director of sales.

It's one of only a handful of estate wineries around the country that
also brew beer.

"Maybe people who haven't been here in a while, it'll give them a
reason to come back," Schuchter said.

Shaw plans to brew six standard beers, along with seasonal and monthly
brews that will each be made in 10-gallon batches to start.

"Wwithin 12 to 18 months, move into a 700-barrel system, and then be
able to distribute," Shaw said.

As the brewery expands, so will the winery.

"We're going to have a wine and beer garden built up front so people
who just want to come in have a glass of wine, glass of beer, pretzel
or cheese can go outside, enjoy live music," Schuchter said.

The vineyard hopes to obtain a permit to begin tapping their kegs by
this weekend.

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