The first local brewing company at Indian Lake is set to officially open Friday with festivities scheduled throughout the weekend.
The Indian Lake Brewing Company located at 184 W. Main St., Russells Point, conducts its grand opening at 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27. Its opening also marks the second brewery for Logan County.
The new brewery is an extension of Roundhouse Depot Brewing Company, which had previously been the sole brewery in the area. Roundhouse is owned by Ron and Kathy Troyer. For the Indian Lake expansion, they teamed up with Steve Wenzlick and Rebekah Smith.
“The ability to introduce high quality craft products to Indian Lake by partnering with the Troyers is a dream come true,” Smith said. “The enthusiasm and support from the lake community demonstrates that Indian Lake Brewing will fill a much needed space at the lake.”
Having spent years as a hobby home-brewer, the Troyers opened Roundhouse Depot in Bellefontaine in 2018. Situated near the train tracks, the railroad-themed brewery has been an ideal fit.
“We spent countless hours driving from state to state all over the midwest to try beers and hone our skills,” the Troyers related in a press release.
“Our goal was to create a craft brewery that made exceptional beer, wine and cider. We are also committed to supporting the Bellefontaine community — we are passionate about the economic growth in the area and being a good partner to the other businesses.”
That same commitment to excellence, as well as to promoting a community atmosphere has gone into the new Indian Lake venture, the owners said.
For their part, Wenzlick and Smith have always loved the community-centric culture of craft beer. So much so that Wenzlick built a business around providing accounting to craft breweries. The idea of combining their passion for beer with their love of Indian Lake was a “no-brainer,” they said.
Indian Lake Brewing will serve craft beer, cider and hard seltzer and will feature Roundhouse Depot wines as well as non-alcoholic options including homemade root beer.
While the brewery will not have food, food trucks will be commonplace and customers are encouraged to bring in food from other local businesses.
Hours for opening weekend are 4 to 10 p.m., Friday; noon to 10 p.m., Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information, visit indianlakebrewing.com.