KALIDA — A new restaurant, 1820 BrewWerks, opened in Kalida in October and will feature a microbrewery planned to open in June.
The business is at 105 W. Main St. in the same building where On The Square Cafe was previously located. The business gets its name from the year 1820, when Putnam County was founded.
Kalida residents Andrew Wehri and his wife, Tessa, and Andrew’s sister Amy Brinkman and her husband, Butch, decided to purchase the building and turn it into a pub and microbrewery.
1820 BrewWerks specializes in gourmet pizza where dough is made fresh daily and offers Putnam County’ s largest pizza, a 30-inch. Food has been served since October at the business when the family purchased the building. The menu also includes wings, subs and salads.
A pizza buffet and salad bar is available weekdays. A children’s menu includes grilled cheese, spaghetti and pizza. Dessert pizzas are available.
Andrew Wehri started home brewing in 2009, with Butch Brinkman starting a year later. They thought since Putnam County does not have a brewing industry it would be time to make one. They both said they look forward to sharing their recipes with the community.
A microbrewery will be constructed with a bar area, seating area and place for bands to perform and yoga events to be held. The business is in the process of getting its brewers license.
Barley Five Malt House, of Columbus Grove, will harvest, malt and roast the grain for the business’s beer. Local hops will come from Frogtown Hops, of Glandorf. The plan is to have 12 brews on tap that will rotate with each season.
“We will feature a blonde ale made with local grains with Putnam County ingredients,” Andrew Wehri said. “We want everyone to know it’s Putnam County’s brewery and draw people in from other areas and come in and have a nice cold beer.”
Butch Brinkman said he loves to come up with new recipes.
“It’s like making a cake where you can come up with any kind of brew you want to,” he said. “We want people to try something different, and they will be hooked on it.”
Amy Brinkman said she excited to offer the business in Kalida.
“It’s … like having another kid and watching it grow. We are at the beginning stages and looking forward to expanding and growing and providing a fun atmosphere,” she said.
There are 20 employees for the food side of the business and there will need to be more employees hired once the microbrewery opens.
Tessa Wehri said she enjoys being part of the business growth in the community.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4 to 9 p.m. Sundays.
For details, visit 1820brewwerks.com.
Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.