Multiple Brewing

Baily awaits the next order at Multiple Brewing, hoping it might be for his namesake Pale Ale.

When you’re counting the breweries in Athens County and along the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway, don’t forget to include Multiple Brewing in Nelsonville. It’s by far the smallest of the four operations in the county, but it punches way above its weight.

Multiple’s name is rooted in co-owner Michelle Warren’s love of math. And it all adds up in the way they name their brews. There’s Horizontal Habanero IPA, Variance Porter “Coconut”, Baily’s Platonic Pale Ale, and Experimental Cheese Hazy IPA (well, that one doesn’t have a specific math reference, hence the ‘Experimental’ in the name, Michelle explained).

On tap at Multiple Brewing.
On tap at Multiple Brewing.

(Baily’s Platonic also is a tribute to the brewery’s official pooch, a year-old great Dane mix named Baily who enthusiastically greets visitors at the door.)

Jason and Michelle Warren, owners of Multiple Brewing in Nelsonville.
Jason and Michelle Warren, owners of Multiple Brewing in Nelsonville.

During an Ohio Brew Week visit, we talked to Jason and Michelle Warren about their beers and their strategy.  The prime driver of their business is distributing beer north toward Columbus. The Nelsonville space they occupy is small and without pretension, but the Warrens are quick to make visitors feel right at home. And if they don’t succeed, it’s tough to resist Baily.

Multiple Brewing, 82 W Washington St. Nelsonville, Ohio.
Multiple Brewing, 82 W Washington St. Nelsonville, Ohio.

And the beer is good. Really good. We weren’t sure exactly what to expect from this nanobrewery, but we enjoyed each of the four beers we sampled, and were particularly smitten with the Habanero IPA, which had the perfect amount of sizzle to make it interesting yet still refreshingly drinkable.

On tap at Multiple Brewing.
On tap at Multiple Brewing.

While they currently live in the Columbus area, Jason Warren has roots in Athens County, having grown up in Albany. His grandparents once owned the Dairy Queen in Nelsonville.

During our Brew Week visit, we were looking for a place to have lunch before we rode back to Athens. Jason suggested a nearby Mexican restaurant, Los Mariachis, which he said had surprisingly great chile rellenos.

Combo plate with a tamale, enchilada and chile relleno.
Combo plate with a tamale, enchilada and chile relleno.

He was right. The food was solid, and instead of the Gringo-style deep-fried rellenos common in the States, Mariachis serves them the way they’re eaten in Mexico. No breading. No deep frier. Just amazing chile and meat and cheese.

Los Mariachis in Nelsonville.
Los Mariachis in Nelsonville.

If you want to eat while sampling the brews, you’re welcome to bring in food or have it delivered.

Multiple Brewing is only a few blocks from the western terminus of the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway. If you’re heading there from Athens, you’ll ride through the campus of Hocking College and follow the train tracks to the Rocky Boots store. Cross West Canal Street to Public Square and then turn left at West Washington, which is the northern border of Public Square. Check out our guide to the ride: Ohio’s Best-Kept Bikeway Secret.

Multiple Brewing in Nelsonville, Ohio

  • Fascinating fact: Multiple owner Jason Warren did his homework when starting his brewery, asking people what beers they like. Bud Light was a frequent response, prompting him to focus on light beers and light hops. But when it came time to drink, customers craved porters and stouts, prompting the brewery to plan an expansion of its offerings.
  • Beer tip: Multiple has four taps. And with generous 6-7-oz pours, sharing a flight ($7) is our recommendation.
  • Food: none on the premises, but you are welcome to bring food in, or have it delivered. There are options, such as pizza and Mexican, within a block or two.
  • Address: 82 W. Washington St., Nelsonville
  • Hours: Friday, 4 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday, noon-9 p.m., Sunday, noon- 7 p.m.
  • Phone:614-495-6040
  • Connections: Facebook, Twitter,  Instagram.

The Eclipse Company Store

The Eclipse Company Store at 11309 Jackson Drive in the Plains.
The Eclipse Company Store at 11309 Jackson Drive in the Plains.

While The Eclipse Company Store isn’t a brewery, it offers more than 40 craft beers on tap. And it’s right on the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway. That makes it a perfect start, finish or destination for bikers in search of great beer.

Athens Bike and Brew: The Eclipse Company Store in the Plains features more than 40 craft brews on tap and great food.
A rockin’ BLT at the Eclipse Company Store with a mango-flavored IPA

Hungry? The Company Store has you covered. It’s owned by Sean Kiser, who also brought us Kiser’s Barbecue on East State Street in Athens. The Company Store menu features burgers and assorted bar food. And it’s tough not to love a menu that includes “melty, toasty things.” Score.

There’s plenty of space to stretch out and have fun here, with foosball, pingpoing and pool tables, ample seating, and a great outdoor area with a stage.

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  • Eclipse Company Store LogoFascinating fact: The Company Store is in The Eclipse Company Town, a National Historic District that once was a mining town dating back to the early 20th Century. In fact, Eclipse Mine No. 4 runs beneath the town.  The Company Store itself served as a pay station and store for miners, who bought their goods on a company credit system and lived in the nearby bungalows. While you’re there, make sure you check out the historic cottages, several of which now house businesses including Black Diamond Bicycles.
  • Beer tip: The Company Store features beers from all three of Athens’ breweries and Nelsonville’s Multiple Brewing, so this is a great chance to sample them in one place. But assuming you’ve already made a few stops along the beer/bikeway, this would be a great chance to branch out and sample craft brews from across the nation.  You have more than 40 options. Maybe try a sampler?
  • Entertainment: The Company Store is a great space for music, whether indoors or out. Make sure you check out their upcoming events.
  • Address: 11309 Jackson Dr., The Plains.
  • Hours:  Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.,  Friday-Saturday, 1 1 a.m.-11 p.m.,, Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
  • Phone: 740-677-4904
  • Connections: Facebook, Twitter,  Website.
The Eclipse Company Store in the Plains has pool tables and features live entertainment.
The Eclipse Company Store in the Plains has pool tables and features live entertainment.

Jackie O’s — The Brewery That Started It All

Jackie O's Taproom at 25 Carpenter Street in Athens has grown a lot in recent years. It's a great place to sample Jackie O's brews, and it's a stone's throw from the bikeway.
The Taproom at 25 Carpenter Street in Athens has grown a lot in recent years. It’s a great place to sample Jackie O’s brews, and it’s a stone’s throw from the bikeway.

Their motto says it all: Sustainably crafted with purpose.

Owner Art Oestrike got the Athens craft brew scene rolling when he founded Jackie O’s in 2005 on West Union Street in Athens, Ohio.

Jackie O's logoAfter expanding into an adjoining storefront on West Union, Jackie O’s opened its Taproom in 2013 at 25 Campbell Street — the first brewery to be on the bike path. This location is just a short ride from the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway.

Today, Jackie O’s distributes its brews throughout Ohio and makes a wide variety of beers. The spent grain from brewing was used in pizzas starting in 2006 and they started baking a wide variety of breads for their restaurant and other Athens-area food services. Want to sample their baking? Stop by the Athens Farmer’s Market on Saturdays to buy the wide variety of breads they offer. We recommend the Beelzebub, but beware: This fiery flatbread is for fire eaters only.

Jackie O's Taproom at 25 Campbell Street in Athens offers a wide selection of growlers, glasses and bottled beer as well us a wide variety of brews on tap.
Jackie O’s Taproom at 25 Campbell Street in Athens offers a wide selection of growlers, glasses and bottled beer as well us a wide variety of brews on tap.

When more breweries started opening in Athens, you might have expected Jackie O’s to move to crush the competition. They did exactly the opposite, boosting and helping the upstart Little Fish and Devil’s Kettle breweries as they entered the market. The result: an incredible craft brew experience that benefits all three organizations, not to mention something uniquely Athens: Local businesses working together with a deep, deep sense of community spirit.

The most important thing to remember about Jackie O’s is that they have three locations, each with its own vibe:

Jackie O’s Brewpub

It’s the original — the first. And it’s right next door to Jackie O’s second location, the Public House. The Brewpub  and Public House are side-by-side at 22 West Union as you face the joined buildings.

A smaller, more intimate setting, the Brewpub is great for having a few beers and bar food to snack on. You order food at the bar and they give you a number that will be called when it’s ready.

The Brewpub also has access to an outdoor deck (shared with the Public House) that’s a great place to hang out when the weather cooperates.

While most of the brewing happens at the Taproom over on Carpenter Street, they do still brew beer at the Brewpub, too.

  • Hours: Monday 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Thursday-Saturday 4 p.m.-2 a.m., closed Sundays
  • Food: Kitchen is open 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
  • Directions from the bikeway: At the point where West Union Intersects the bikeway,turn east onto West Union to the Brewpub and Public House. There is a hill you’ll have to climb to get to the beer. Use granny gear and think about the suds as you climb.

The Public House

Right next door to the Brewpub, at 24 W. Union St., is the Public House. This is a larger space that features live music and a full menu for sit-down dining. We love the Public House for its diversity. You’ll meet everyone from local families having dinner to OU students to Athens visitors here. And the food is good. Like, really good. Jackie O’s features items from its own farm  as well as products from Laurel Valley Creamery, Barrel Ridge Farm, Integration Acres, and more. In a tribute to the bar that originally was in this location, they also offer O’Hooley’s Fish & Chips, one of our favorites. Want to dine al fresco? You can get to outdoor deck from the Public House.

  • Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
  • Food: The kitchen is open 11 a.m.- 9:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday.
  • Directions from the bikeway: At the point where West Union Intersects the bikeway,turn east onto West Union to the Brewpub and Public House. There is a hill you’ll have to climb to get to the beer. Use granny gear and think about the suds as you climb.

Jackie O’s Taproom

If you’re looking for a spot that’s farther away from the bustle of Uptown (and closer to the Hockhocking Adena  bikeway), this is your place. The Taproom, at 25 Campbell Street, features cool art, plenty of Jackie O’s paraphernalia and, of course, great beers. The outdoor patio is a great place to enjoy a beer when the the weather is smiling. If you’re hungry, there is a food cart that offers snacks ranging from nachos to quesadillas to grilled cheese.

  • Hours: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday noon-7.
  • Food: The food cart is open  Monday-Wednesday 4 p.m.-9 p.m., Thursday-Sunday noon-9 p.m. and Sunday noon- 7 p.m.
  • Directions from the bikeway: The spur to the Taproom is just west of point where the bikeway passes under the Stimson Avenue Bridge, not far from Mile Marker 1.  Follow it up toward Stimson. You’ll see a crosswalk at North McKinley, right across from Sonic. The Taproom is on the other side of Sonic.  This is a new roundabout. so be careful. Don’t assume all drivers know the rules when entering a roundabout …

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  • Fascinating fact: Jackie O’s Chomolungma is a delicious brown ale that was first brewed in honor of the 2007 Lungevity Everest Expedition, during which Art’s brother, Brian, reached the top of Mount Everest. Chomolungma (Chinese for Everest) was brewed to help fund the expedition and generate money for Lungevity, a lung cancer research group in Chicago. Even then, they were brewing sustainably, with purpose …
  • Beer tip: We love all the beers at Jackie O’s, but when we’re out biking, we love the Ricky extra much. It’s relatively low alcohol (4.5% ABV) and a great beer for a hot, sweaty day. Jackie O’s wanted this American blonde ale to be “something that was very light, clean, crisp, and refreshing.” They succeeded.
  • Pick up a six pack: At the Taproom, you can buy a six pack of mixed Jackie O’s beers, which is really convenient when you don’t want to commit totally to Mystic Mama or Chomolungma.
  • Phone: 740-592-9686
  • Connections: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Website.

Devil’s Kettle

Devil's Kettle Brewing features a patio area for patrons who want to enjoy the outdoors.
Devil’s Kettle Brewing features a patio area for patrons who want to enjoy the outdoors.

Devil’s Kettle Brewing has undergone several major upgrades in recent months. It has a fresh paint job, new solar panels, and a new bar area.

But the beer’s quality hasn’t changed a bit.  And that’s a great thing since they serve some of our favorite brews in Athens, Ohio.

This is a great place to take a break while cycling the bikeway. Brewmaster Cameron Fuller focuses on making session-able beers that are a delight to drink when its hot. And the relatively low alcohol content ensures you’ll be able to bike safely to your next stop after sampling Devil’s Kettle’s brews.

A few fun things to note when you’re hanging out there:

The Woodwork at Devil’s Kettle

Fuller was a guitar maker before he opened Devil’s Kettle. Those guitars displayed on the walls are his work.

When you sit down at the bar, take a moment to study it. It’s made from pieces of wood from Fuller’s guitar-making days — including quilted maple, blood wood and macassar ebony. It’s gorgeous.

The Bathrooms

Really.  They’re a blast. The walls are all chalkboard, allowing you to read previous visitors’ comments/graffiti and add your own. Just try to keep it civil …

And they’re accessible! Huge in size! (That’s another thing we love about the breweries in Athens — they’re all accessible.)

Girl Scout Cookies and Beer

And here’s something to look forward to: In March 2017, Devil’s Kettle featured a Girl Scout cookie/craft beer pairing. It sounded ridiculous at first blush, but it worked. So well, in fact, that they’re planning to do it again.  Keep an eye out for that …

They have the coolest logo of the local breweries. Hands down. And maybe the coolest bike spur, too, with the trestle bridge over the Hocking River.

Devil’s Kettle Info

  • Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 4 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday noon- 9 p.m., closed Monday and Tuesday,
  • Food: There isn’t a kitchen or food cart at Devil’s Kettle, but you’re welcome to bring in food. OMG Rotisserie, which is just a few doors down, delivers to the brewery for free most days (their salads are awesome).
  • Directions from the bikeway:  The spur to Devil’s Kettle is right next to the railroad crossing at Armitage Farm, just west of Mile Marker 5 on the bikeway. Once you’re on the spur, take it to Columbus Road, look both ways and cross to Devil’s Kettle, 97 Columbus Road.
  • Fascinating fact: Brewmaster/owner Cameron Fuller entered several of his beers in the 2013 Ohio Brew Week homebrew competition to see if his suds were up to snuff. He won the most medals in the show that year, including Best of Show, convincing him the next step was to go pro, which he did when he opened Devil’s Kettle in 2015.
  • Beer tip: While we love all the beers here, but we’re partial to two: the Galatea Dunkel is an excellent German style dark lager that has substance without being heavy. We drink it in the summer and the winter. We also love their Pale Satan when pale ales are the order of the day.
  • Phone: 740-589-7187
  • Connections: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Website.

Little Fish Brewing Co.

Little Fish offers a lot of great brews on tap. If you prefer, you also can order one of their bottles.
Little Fish offers a lot of great brews on tap. If you prefer, you also can order one of their bottles.

Little Fish Brewing Company offers IPAs, porters and other styles of craft beer — but it’s the farmhouse ales and sours that make their beers distinctive.

Since it opened at 8675 Armitage Road in Athens in 2015, this fish has been getting bigger. And bigger. And BIGGER.

They’re even growing their own hops right on the premises.

When coasting down the bike spur to Little Fish, you can sometimes get a tantalizing whiff of the yeasty goodness fermenting in its massive vats.

Outside, it’s like a large playground (with picnic tables for the grownups), while inside, the little ones can doodle on chalkboard walls that are just the right height for their short statures.

The Little Fish menu comes from  the Cajun Clucker food cart (jambalaya and crawfish etouffe right here in Southeastern Ohio, and it’s good!) which pretty much never leaves the brewery.  So if you want cajun in Athens, this is where to go. Personally, we’re suckers for the catfish and softshell crab (when it’s in season). It’s also got kid-friendly burgers and chicken strips — as well as salads.

Little Fish Brewery
The blackboard at Little Fish helps cyclists find the perfect brew.

Here’s the Info for Little Fish Brewery

Hours: Monday-Thursday  3 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday 3 p.m.-11 p.m., Saturday noon-11 p.m., Sunday noon-8 p.m.

Food: The Cajun Clucker food cart is open  Monday-Thursday 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Friday 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m.-9:30 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m.- 8 p.m.

(NOTE: Little Fish doesn’t permit customers to bring outside food into the brewery, with the exception of snacks for kids)

Directions from the bikeway:  The spur to Little Fish brewery is between Mile Markers 3 and 4 on the bikeway. If you’re riding west, watch for the spur just after you cross West Union. Going east, the spur is just past the ballfields at West State Street Park.

Kid stuff:  To say this business is kid-friendly would be a massive understatement. Little Fish has lots of ways to keep the little ones amused while Mom and Dad sample a craft brew. The Rugrat Ale ginger ale is awesome, and they also brew their own root beer.

Fascinating fact: The spur to Little Fish takes you through wetlands that the city of Athens restored from agricultural land while building the spur. Keep an eye out for rare and interesting birds as you cycle through there.

Beer tip: While we like sours and farm ales, we love Lil’ Harvey’s Milk Stout. According to Little Fish, it’s a “rich stout brewer with lactose sugar and served on nitrogen. Named after our son and his love of Mama’s milk.”

Phone: (740) 204-6187

Connections: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Website.