Long-awaited BottleHouse Brewery opens on Lee Road

BottleHouse owners Brian Benchek and Dave Schubert.

A new place to gather has arrived on Lee Road. The long-anticipated BottleHouse Brewery opened Tuesday, May 1, and owners Brian Bencheck and Dave Schubert invite all to celebrate and see what this microbrewery and “brew-on-premise” facility offers.

Bencheck and Schubert wanted to create a place close to home, to brew good beer. The brewery is family friendly, with a laid-back atmosphere. There is a gathering area for conversation, light music and entertainment. Local groups are encouraged to come and use the space. (Why not host a book club meeting there, and enjoy fresh-brewed beer while discussing the month’s selection?) The owners hope BottleHouse will bring a little of what Tremont and Ohio City offer: good brews, creativity and conversation with friends.

All the hard work and carefully planned design that Bencheck and Schubert undertook in creating the brewery has been worth it, the owners said, adding that "the city has been helpful in making the process smooth and progressive.” Bencheck and Schubert brought an artistic mindset and the desire to use sustainable materials in creating the interior space. Beneath the floors, they found steel plates that they used to create the bar and counters in the tasting area. The backdrop for the stage comes from an old fence, and the tables are rustic and handmade from various found items. Bencheck, a former glassblower, hung one of his chandeliers near the bar. The small stage will accommodate acoustic music performances, soloists, stand-up performances and a movie screen. The dark red walls with old pictures imprinted on them enhance the rustic interior furnishings.

In addition to freshly brewed beer, BottleHouse offers whiskey tastings, as well as a small line of wines from the Wine Spot down the street. Pierogies from Perla Homemade Delights are available Tuesday through Saturday. Bencheck and Schubert plan to collaborate with surrounding restaurants to offer an assortment of take-out menus at the brewery. They invite patrons to bring their own food to enjoy with the BottleHouse’s beer. 

ACO performed on opening night. On Friday, May 4, Porch will perform, and BottleHouse’s manager, Harry Bacharach, will take the stage on Saturday, May 5.

Brew-on-premise will begin in July. To learn more about scheduling a date to brew your own beer—selected from BottleHouse’s recipe collection—visit www.thebottlehousebrewingcompany.com, and sign up for e-mail notices.

Hannah Baldwin

Hannah Baldwin is the administrative assistant for FutureHeights and a resident of Cleveland Heights.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 1:12 PM, 04.24.2012