Stark County’s Growing Brewing Scene Values ​​Community Over Competition

Ohio hit a milestone with 400 licensed breweries in May.

Today, 72 of Ohio’s 88 counties have at least one brewery.

And many more are on the way.

“We know of at least 75 breweries in the planning right now,” said Justin Hemminger, deputy director of Ohio Craft Brewers Association. “Based on their stage of development, it’s reasonable to assume that many of them will be open to the public over the next few years.”

With 40% of openings occurring in the last three years, one wonders if the market is saturated and if there is room for more growth in Buckeye State.

But there is another question to ask.

The majority of craft breweries sell their beer in taprooms, serving as cultural hubs and community gathering spaces, leading one to wonder if this is just the start of a big boom.

Garret Conley tons and transfers beer at UnHitched Brewing Co. in Louisville on Thursday, July 28, 2022.

Status of Ohio’s brewing scene now and where it started

According to the Ohio Craft Brewers Association, Ohioans of legal drinking age consume approximately 4.6 gallons of craft beer each year, which ranks Ohio 13th in the nation. Although this is an above-average consumption rate, Ohio ranks 24th among breweries per capita, suggesting there is room for growth.

With COVID stopping the gathering at breweries for a time in its early stages, and its effects on the supply chain and workforce in recent months, there is a question of its impact on the future of breweries. .

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