Local brewery wants to make its own wine, too


Local brewery wants to make its own wine, too

There’s something fermenting at FigLeaf Brewing Co. in Middletown — and it’s not beer.

It’s not wine, either — at least not yet. But the brewery applied last week to the Ohio Division of Liquor Control for a license to make wine on-site.

That application “is just a part of ongoing effort to broaden our offerings and appeal to different types of customers,” FigLeaf co-founder Jeff Fortney said.

The plans are relatively small in scale and nothing is imminent.

FigLeaf Brewing Co. at 3387 Cincinnati-Dayton Road in Middletown may soon be adding house-made wines to its offerings. File photo by ERIC SCHWARTZBERG/STAFF Staff Writer

“We’re definitely taking a crawl-then-walk-then-run approach,” Fortney said. “We hope to have all of the logistics in place in the near term to offer wine in our taproom in addition to our solid lineup of craft beer.”

And there are also some enhancements coming on the beer front as well, the brewery’s co-founder said.

“We will also be releasing our first cans in the semi-near future,” Fortney said. “Further down the road, we will have a barrel-aged release. We are also discussing the possibility of small limited-run special releases in bottles.”

FigLeaf Brewing, which opened in October 2016, is located at 3387 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, just north of Monroe.

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