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Popular brewery closing a location; taking over former Heart State Brewing

Popular brewery closing a location; taking over former Heart State Brewing

Sav McKee

Editor’s Note: This story previously referred to the location as a former home of Crafted Culture Brewing. It has since been updated.

Two local breweries are taking the term “collaboration” to a whole new level.

The Head Brewer of Heart State Brewing, which is located at 750 Cross Pointe Rd. in Gahanna, is packing up and moving to Colorado. Fortunately for another local brewery, Homestead Beer Co.,  while they were searching for a new production location, the two breweries developed a natural partnership.

And they came to a mutual decision: Homestead Beer Co. is officially acquiring Heart State Brewing, opening a production facility and taproom at that space, and owner Adam Rhodes couldn’t be more excited to be moving to Gahanna, although that sadly means closing their Heath location.

“It’s like a country mouse becoming a city mouse,” Rhodes joked. “Heath was an amazing place to grow and start, but this move will let us do somewhere around four times the production volume we’re doing now in Heath. I actually bought a longboard to get from one end to the other.”


Rhodes couldn’t be more thankful for the partnership with Heart State Brewing that allowed for this move to happen, and to happen so seamlessly. “Heart State’s head brewer has been an incredible resource for us. Being able to have that conversation and get his frame of mind when it comes to beer means that we can continue their tradition of their well known beers, and we can help keep those beers going,” explained Rhodes.

“We’ll continue all of their production – all of their beers will continue to remain unchanged. They didn’t want it to die, and we’re thrilled to get this opportunity,” Rhodes confirmed.

Homestead Beer Co. will be serving their own existing line up, like the fan favorite Tenpenny, plus they’ll continue Heart State’s production of beers like the Throb IPA and Ache Creamsicle Sour. “Their beers are so different from Homestead beers that it gives all of us a great opportunity to stretch our brewing muscles and expand our techniques,” said Rhodes. “Together, we look forward to continuing the proud traditions of both brands in our new team home.”

Homestead Beer Co. is well-known for its focus on crafting impeccably balanced beers using traditional techniques and ingredients, while Heart State Brewing has consistently pushed the boundaries of beer by working with new processes, ingredients, and techniques. This acquisition allows the combined teams to explore new avenues of creativity while staying true to their individual roots.

The new Gahanna space will feature a renovated taproom, complete with a full kitchen, curated cocktail list, and “one of the best pinball connections in central Ohio,” Homestead Beer Co. said.

Their Heath brewery, located at 811 Irving Wick Dr. W., is on the market soon.  A projected closing date of the Heath location, but it will probably be sometime this summer. For now, folks can come into the new Gahanna taproom from Mon-Fri 3-10pm, Saturday, 12-11pm, and Sunday, 12-10pm. There won’t be the full taplist from both brands yet, but that will happen soon! You can also visit their Marysville and Newark location.

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