Without a taproom or a big sign above its entry, Shale Brewing Co. is flying under the radar compared to most area breweries.
But its downtown production facility in a former foundry at Second Street SE is sizable and equipped with a 10-barrel brewhouse. Shale’s beers are available at numerous local stores and bars and in many locales around Ohio.
“We’re now at 150 accounts,” said Jeff Joliat, who co-founded Shale with Jim Williams. “We’re south to Marietta, west to Galion, east to the Pennsylvania and West Virginia borders. We’re in Columbus.” A new distributor soon will be taking Shale’s beers into West Virginia.
Due to the company’s name and oil derrick logo, Shale has proved especially popular in oil-industry areas. “Someone said, ’You should call it Kale instead of Shale and you’d do great in Columbus,” Joliat said with amusement.Read the whole article by clicking here.
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