Phase 3: The Reality

IMG_9072As we pulled into the parking lot of the plaza for Headtrip Brewery in Stow, OH, it was thrilling to see what months and months of hard work have led up to.  Sure, we’ve seen some pictures and posts online about what they’ve been doing, but being there in person with owners Tom and Nick for a private sampling of their beers was a new kind of excitement…

IMG_9178They don’t officially open until this Thursday, December 21st, but from the looks on their faces, they seemed anxious to finally be off and running. We listened to Nick talk about the way he brews the beer, speaking like a mad scientist on the brink of discovering something new each time he steps into his lab.  And from the first sip of the Evolution IPA (Mosaic), it was clear to us that he knows what he’s doing.  Dank and sticky, this IPA will rotate with different hops over time, but we were thankful that it started with mosaic, our personal favorite.  Another standout brew was the Thank Evans! Stout packing a wallop of flavor with chocolate and peanut butter that you can smell from a mile away.  It’s right up there with the likes of Sweet Baby Jesus! by DuClaw, albeit with more chocolate than peanut butter and not too heavy of a stout to overwhelm the palate.  We sampled the Arndale Ale English-style Mild Ale, the Manneken Pis Belgian-style Golden Strong Ale (named after a statue in Belgium) in both a regular as well as an imperial format, and the Bike & Hike Belgian-style Rye IPA.  We were also privileged to sample a special winter ale brewed with cranberries, which was a nice refreshing addition to an already-delicious brew for the holidays.

IMG_9177Tom and Sierra shared with us about all of the work that went into getting the brewery ready to open.  The beautiful wood tables they made stood out, as well the bar itself, which we came to find out, was even more work than it appeared to be.  In addition to the frustrations that came with waiting for permits and such to pass through the right avenues, the sheer amount of work that went into getting the place ready for business sounded exhausting on all fronts.  However, with people from the neighborhood peering in the windows during construction and even walking in to ask if they were open amidst the mess, one thing is clear:  this community is ready to frequent a new brewery that is sure to satisfy for years to come.

We want to thank Nick, Tom, and Sierra from Headtrip for allowing us to see this journey up close, sharing the progress and the pictures with us as they were experiencing it themselves.  We knew this wasn’t something that we’d get the opportunity to experience often, so we jumped at the chance to share it with the rest of you as well.  Please take time to visit Headtrip in the near future, and join us in wishing them the very best in Stow.

Details about their grand opening event can be found here:

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