Second in a series of 14 articles spotlighting the member breweries of a new Ale Trail launching in March, which will span six counties and two states
Austintown, OH – Motorcyclists are passionate about their bikes. Craft beer enthusiasts are passionate about beer. It just so happens that bikers like beer. The combination seemed like a marriage made in heaven, so Larry Wilson, the floor manager at Harley Davidson of Austintown, and Rick Sekely, a salesman there, decided to bring the two together in one place.
Ohio is home to over 250 breweries. Among them are some themed breweries in extremely unique settings. Pinups and Pints is inside a strip club outside of Dayton. Old Firehouse in Williamsburg is, you guessed it, inside an old firehouse. Carillon Brewing in Dayton is inside an old historical society / library and brews beer the way it was made in the 1800’s. Tailspin Brewing, in the western Ohio farming community of Coldwater, is inside an old dairy barn. And there are no shortage of breweries built inside decommissioned churches, such as Cincinnati’s Urban Artifact, Youngstown’s Noble Creature Cask House, Bryan’s Father John’s Brewing Company, and the forthcoming Birdtown Brewery in Lakewood. But the Biker Brewhouse is not only unique in Ohio, but quite possibly in the entire country in that it is the only known brewery operating inside a Harley Davidson dealership.
Biker Brewhouse began serving their house made beers, brewed on a 2 1/2 barrel SysTech system just under a year ago. In fact, the nascent brewery will celebrate their one year anniversary with a celebration on Saturday February 24th. Their brewing philosophy is to brew beer with the finest and freshest ingredients, locally sourced wherever possible, while supplying a wide variety of styles of beer to avid and non-avid beer drinkers alike. Essentially they aim to make something for everyone, catering to bikers and non bikers alike.
The beers themselves have motorcycle themed names such as Ball Bearing Blonde, Piston Porter, Pushrod Pale Ale, and Kickstand Kolsch. Head brewer Wilson says their Revved Up Raspberry Wheat is their best seller. Wilson says they currently have their beers available locally in 10 accounts outside of the taproom with plans to add more. He hopes to double production in Year Two while continuing to expand their presence outside the brewery.
The brewery is open every day except Wednesday. They offer fun events frequently, including live music monthly, to draw traffic in, so follow them on Facebook to see what they are up to next. The taproom / lounge area also has three 60 inch televisions, and they have a meeting room on the second floor which can accommodate parties and events.
Biker BrewHouse, LLC
5700 Interstate Blvd. Unit B
Austintown, Ohio 44515
Year founded: 2015 – Brewpub opened; Jan 2017
Head Brewer: Larry Wilson
Size of system: 2.5bbl
Flag Ship Beers: Ball Bearing Blonde, JD’s Rumblin Red Irish Ale, Hopster IPA, High Octane Breakfast Stout, Piston Porter, Choco-Nutter Peanut Butter Stout, Blue Balls, Cherry Infused Blonde, IronHop IPA, Kickstand Kolsch, Pushrod Pale Ale, Revved up Raspberry Wheat.
Best Seller: Revved Up Raspberry Wheat
Hours of Operation:
Mon – 12-7
Wed – CLOSED
Thur & Fri 12-8
Additional reading: “Get Your Motor Running: Craft Brewery Opens Inside Ohio Harley-Davidson Dealership”, by Rick Armon, Ohio.com (https://www.ohio.com/akron/business/get-your-motor-running-craft-brewery-opens-inside-ohio-harley-davidson-dealership)
Next up: Birdfish Brewing, Columbiana, OH