Yes, it’s 2014, another new year underway. And on top of that, I just celebrated a BIG birthday. Well, you’re only as young as you feel, right? And I still feel like I’m 21. Okay, maybe 31. And, just to pile on, my daughter Ali celebrates a big birthday this month too–she is leaving her teenage years behind and starting a new decade as well. Wow. I really don’t know where the time goes, but I do know I’m having fun!

CBWTo add to the fun this year, I’m starting a new gig with Chardon BrewWorks, Geauga County’s first post-Prohibition brewery. I’ll be working behind the bar on Wednesday and Sunday nights, and the occasional Saturdays too. Brewmaster Mike Nedrow and his wife Donna have been in business since 2010. A longtime home brewer, Mike began with a brewpub on the historic Square in Chardon, but has recently moved to 200 Center Street, in the Weidig Florist building with a brand new taproom. Mike feels the taproom set-up will allow him to focus more on the handcrafted beers–but don’t fear, there will be a small menu, plus you’ll be able to order out from local restaurants. There will even be the occasional food truck visit to supplement your beer drinking at the bar! Mike still plans on having live music, open mic nights, game nights, book club, the mug club, movie nights and more fun. Look for a soft opening later in January, with a grand re-opening set for Saturday, March 15th.

I first met Mike and Donna the year after they opened, and did some marketing work with them to help get the brewpub off the ground. They’re a great couple with a wonderful family, and they take pride in their business and the beers. Local favorites include the Pride of Geauga Maple Porter, Donna-Do-You-Wanna Hefeweizen, and the Muzzy Cream Ale (always a bargain at $4.20!).

Mike & Jack & DonnaWhen Jack was in town last year, we dropped by the Chardon brewpub to say hello. Mike and Jack have more than beer in common–both are pilots as well. They had a lot to talk about, and Jack enjoyed the visit and the brews of course! I’m looking forward to working in the taproom and getting to spend time in the brewhouse, furthering my own beer education as I continue to revive New Albion Ale. I’ve still got plans to see it back on the shelves this year, and things are happening to make that dream a reality, don’t you worry!

I’m very excited to be a part of the Chardon BrewWorks team, and I hope if you’re in Northeast Ohio, you’ll stop in for a pint or two. Cheers to new adventures in beer!