The Willoughby Brewing Co. – one of the longest tenured craft breweries in Ohio — closed its doors Thursday after it apparently failed to pay sales taxes.
A pink sign was posted on the brewpub that said the restaurant’s vendor’s license was suspended by the Ohio Department of Taxation.
“There’s a lot of jobs tied up in this and we’re all hoping it’s resolved in the next day or so,” brewer Nick Law said.
He declined to comment further.
Willoughby Brewing, located in downtown Willoughby, is well known for its award-winning Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter and Nut Smasher.
“I can say that state law allows the Ohio Department of Taxation to ‘post’ businesses for failure to file or pay their sales tax over two consecutive months,” state tax department spokesman Gary Gudmunson told News5Cleveland.com. “They are suspended from making retail sales until they are in full compliance with their sales tax obligations. I should add: once they are in full compliance, they are free to resume business as usual.”
The news station said a representative for the company responded on Instagram: “There was an administerial error that will be corrected. We will be up and running shortly.”
News5Cleveland.com reported that Willoughby’s Facebook and Twitter accounts had been deactivated.