Central Ohio brewery announces closure, cites ‘crooked C.O.O’

Jack McLaughlin

Plain City’s 1487 Brewery is the latest in a slew of central Ohio beer-makers to announce a shutdown.

According to a statement posted to its social media accounts yesterday, 1487 announced it plans to close on Feb. 4, unless a buyer for the business is found before this date.

In an email sent to 1487 customers that was obtained by 614Now, the brewery goes into greater detail about the reasons behind its closure, citing its former COO, who was recently sentenced to federal prison, overall poor timing and more.


The full email reads:

Dear Friends of 1487 Brewery, It is with great sadness and pride that I write this email today.  Starting 1487 Brewery, in 2015 and opening the taproom in Plain City in 2020 was a great and fun journey.  Due to unforeseen circumstances, such as Covid, a crooked C.O.O. (our house prison B’’’’ch) and Bidenomics, our timing was awful.  We appreciate our team (couldn’t have achieved 7 years of success without them) and you.  This Sunday, February 4th is our last day in operation (unless a buyer comes through).  Please come see us, take home your mug (if a mug club member).  And have one last round with us.

Late last year, former employee Lyle Bigelow, who previously served as the brewery’s C.O.O, was sentenced to multiple years in federal prison after being convicted of stealing approximately $200,000 from 1487 between September 2021 and October 2022. You can read more about his sentencing here.

1487 opened its Plain City location in phases beginning in 2020, before rolling out an official grand opening in 2021. The brewery focused on traditional German styles—such as helles and altbeir—from its spacious location.

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