Euclid Brewing Co. closes up shop
Despite valiant efforts to save their business, Doug and Kim Fry, owners and operators of Euclid Brewing Co., have reluctantly decided to close the doors to the “community gathering place” for good.
“Our glorious experiment has come to an end,” the couple stated in a Facebook post this week, adding that a May 19 grease fire in the apartment above their storefront forced the location to close.
“We worked for three months to try and find a suitable new neighborhood location for the brewery. We looked at several buildings (on Lake Shore Boulevard) and thought we had identified an ideal location, but the obstacles to opening in the new space turned out to be insurmountable for us.”
The Frys opened Euclid Brewing Co., at 21950 Lake Shore Boulevard, on April 30, 2016.
Smoke and water damage initially had the brewery closing only temporarily, as Doug Fry believed the fire would have the business closed for “two to three months.”
An outpouring of support and well wishes have been posted on the brewery’s Facebook page, carrying a general tone of optimism based on the Frys’ plans to continue brewing on a smaller scale.
“We’ll resume brewing beer at home once we get our equipment out of storage, and we may reprise some of EBC’s best beers,” they stated. “And maybe we’ll come up with some new recipes to use at Euclid Brewing Company 2.0, should it ever come to pass.”
Josh Stephens, manager of the family-operated Urban Renaissance Farms in Euclid, said the brewery’s closing is a loss for the entire community, but he also expressed optimism of a potential return.
“We thank them for all of their grains. Their byproducts turned into our soil. We also thank them for their support and their friendship. We’re confident they’ll get it back up and going again, and we look forward to working together again in the future.”
Jonathan Holody, director of the Department of Planning and Development for the city of Euclid, echoed Stephens’ sentiments.
“Euclid Brewing Co. was a really nice addition to our downtown area,” he said, adding no proposals for the site have been offered. “It’s unfortunate they are unable to overcome the damage the fire caused.”
The Frys admit operating the brewery and tap room was hard work, but getting to meet so many nice people made it all worthwhile.
“We never realized how many smart, talented and funny people live in Euclid and Northeast Ohio until they walked into the EBC tap room and became our friends,” they said.
“Thank you, everyone, for helping to make our dream possible, even for just one year. We hope to see everyone around town. Just look for us wherever local craft beer can be found.”
Euclid Brewing Co. owners/operators Doug and Kim Fry have decided to close the business.