Euclid Brew­ing Co. closes up shop

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Front Page - By Chad Fel­ton cfel­ton@news-her­ald.com @be­lievethatcfnh on Twit­ter

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.”

BRAN­DON BAKER — NEWS-HER­ALD FILE

Euclid Brew­ing Co. own­ers/op­er­a­tors Doug and Kim Fry have de­cided to close the busi­ness.

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