The first and only brewery on South Bass Island is the Put-in-Bay Brewing Company and Distillery. Home to locally made delicious brews that pair well with a casual food menu. Located next to the Put-in-Bay Police Department in Catawba Avenue downtown, the Put-in-Bay Brewing Company has been open since 1996.
The Put-in-Bay Brewing Company and Distillery Particulars
An ever-changing menu of craft brews on tap brings Brewery customers back time after time. From wheat beer and IPA’s to stouts, The Put-in-Bay Brewery features creative beers for a variety of taste preferences.
Specially Created Beers
Selections change with the seasons, but here are some featured brews:
• Raspberry Mocha Stout, chocolate hints with a raspberry finish
• Strawberry Basil Wheat, a perfect balance of strawberry and basil crisp & fresh
• Watermelon Wheat, a wheat beer served unfiltered with a twist of watermelon
• South Bass Milk Stout, roasted barley, chocolate malt, and milk sugar make this stout dark and thickly enjoyable
Their beers are crafty and highly creative. The famous Pass Out Bourbon Stout, for example. It combines Milk Stout with Kentucky Bourbon. It gives the stout a remarkable bold finish. Be careful with this one! The name tells you all you need to know!
Crowlers are now available in a 32-ounce size. Select your favorite beer on tap and take a can of fresh beer home with you. Perfect for cookouts and picnics in South Bass State Park or to enjoy poolside in one of our Put-in-Bay Rental Homes.
Along with the many beers available on tap, patrons will enjoy a well-designed menu. Diners can choose from an impressive list of sandwiches, freshly made pizzas, salads, burgers, and entrees.
Put-in-Bay Brewing Company Food Suggestions
• Mexicali Burger
• Perch Sandwich served on an egg bun
• Greek Pizza
• Brewery Cheese Soup
• Walleye Bites
• Basil Pesto Chicken
The Put-in-Bay Brewing Company Beer Cheese Soup is a favorite. Aged Cheddar is blended with their Summer’s Brew for a rich and creamy soup that goes perfectly with a, you got it, Summer Brew. A kid’s menu with Chicken Fries and creamy Mac and Cheese is also available.
The Put-in-Bay Brewing Company and Distillery History
The building that houses the Put-in-Bay Brewing Company building is over one hundred years old. This stately brick building sits on property owned initially by Valentine Doller, a Put-in-Bay Founder. He was one of the island’s wealthiest and most influential citizens and a vital part of Put-in-Bay History. Doller held many important positions, including as the community’s third mayor. His island home is now the Put-in-Bay Winery.
In 1898, “Bennie” Rosenfeld constructed a small wooden building, the first on the site. It served as a dry goods store. After a fire destroyed the building, the new owners, the Rittman Family built the building we see today. Over the years, the building served a variety of functions and has gone through several expansions.
The Rittman’s opened a grocery store in the first portion of the house and then began a garage. Eventually, Put-in-Bay Township purchased the building for the Put-in-Bay Fire Departments island fire station.
Carl and Chris Krueger purchased the building in an auction in 1995 to open a brewpub and distillery. Since opening in 1996, the business has expanded to include an enclosure in the rear, an open-air patio, and a dance floor.
2013 saw the addition of a beautiful new fermentation still to the already impressive collection of copper. Put-in-Bay has a long tradition of winemaking. It can finally add a distillery producing island rums and liquors.
Things to See And Do Around Put-in-Bay Brewing Company
After a hearty meal and a few craft brews, the Put-in-Bay Tour Train is a great way to see the island. With frequent stops at many popular Put-in-Bay Attractions, it gives riders an excellent overview of Put-in-Bay. The Put-in-Bay Raceway is a family fun attraction where you can try your hand at fast racing cars by remote control. Near Put-in-Bay Airport, you’ll find Freshwater Remedies. Enjoy a massage or purchase some of their sought after remedies.