New brewery from Columbus craft pioneer focuses on community

COLUMBUS, OH, January 18, 2015 — Commonhouse Ales today announced plans to begin operations in Spring 2016 as Ohio’s first Certified B Corporation brewery. The brewery has set up a community fund, Commonhouse Shares, through The Columbus Foundation, which will support local community nonprofit organizations. The startup’s B Corp status is currently pending.

Commonhouse Ales is founded by Lenny Kolada who is one of Ohio’s craft beer pioneers, building craft breweries in Central Ohio for almost a quarter of a century. Kolada currently operates Smokehouse Brewing Company, which has served beer and BBQ in the Grandview Heights neighborhood of Columbus for more than 17 years. Commonhouse and Smokehouse beers will both be brewed and managed by Brewmaster Sam Hickey, and recipes developed at Smokehouse may find their way to Commonhouse for general distribution throughout Central Ohio.

“Commonhouse Ales represents the culmination of my many years in the craft beer space. I know we will brew kickass beer for our community,” said Kolada. “Now is the right time to take craft beer to the next level. Beer is good, but we want to use beer for good. Commonhouse Ales will be good for our employees and good for our community.”

For every six-pack of its flagship Columbus Common Ale sold, $1 will be contributed to Commonhouse Shares. Commonhouse will distribute throughout the Columbus market and will launch with the following offerings:

Columbus Common, an American Amber Ale, will be available year-round. An easy-to-drink, easy-to-love offering.
Summer Sesh, a session IPA, will be available six months out of the year.
Winter Sesh, a slightly maltier session IPA, will be available the other six months.
Four seasonal ales will complete the company’s offerings, each available for three months:

IBU UBME, the ultimate Imperial IPA for hopheads everywhere.
Hoptopus, a Pale Wheat Ale that provides a hoppy rush.
Punkt, an Imperial Pumpkin Porter that harkens back to Colonial America’s roots when hops weren’t readily available.
Imagine, a Winter Warmer meant for gatherings and fellowship.

Commonhouse will take over the brewery at 535 Short Street recently vacated by Columbus Brewing Company, which is moving to a new location with larger equipment later this month.

“It’s exciting to know that the brewery space and equipment we’ve been using for two decades will be going to someone who is so passionate about Columbus and craft beer,” said Eric Bean, Owner of Columbus Brewing Company.

Commonhouse took over the lease on the brewery last week and hopes to have beer available in the Columbus market by the end of April.

About Commonhouse Ales
Opening in 2016, Commonhouse Ales invests in our people, community, and business. We support the organizations you believe in through Commonhouse Shares and Columbus Common Ale, a continuous fundraising effort. We are all unique and diverse, but we all have something in common too. And we celebrate that. With beer.