Lenny Kolada calls himself a brew-gooder.

Lenny Kolada calls himself a brew-gooder.

After acquiring the former Columbus Brewing Co. headquarters, Kolada plans to help his corporate family and those in need.

"We know beer is good," Kolada said. "But what we're going to find out is: Can beer be used for good?'"

Kolada, the veritable godfather of microbrewing in Columbus, has founded Commonhouse Ales, which has set up a fund through the Columbus Foundation that will support nonprofit organizations "doing great things, showing great need" in central Ohio.

Meanwhile, Kolada said he hopes to become a certified B Corp through B Lab, a nonprofit organization that serves for-profit companies that area using business as a force for good, said Katie Holcomb, director of communications for B Lab, based in suburban Philadelphia.

Companies that apply must meet performance and legal requirements, such as transparency, accountability, work environment and job creation.

Those who meet 80 of 200 standards come certified and are subject to random inspections by B Lab.

There's an annual fee based on each company's revenue.

There are nearly 1,600 certified B Corp companies -- eight in Ohio -- in 42 countries, Holcomb said.

"It's a way to separate yourself and say you're a good company, not just good at marketing," Holcomb said of the certification. "And not only are you creating a positive impact on the world, you're holding yourself accountable to continue to do so."

For his part, Kolada has already contributed $10,000 in seed money to Commonhouse Shares, the account managed by the Columbus Foundation. Commonhouse Ales, however, will select the recipients. He said he will donate $1 of its flagship beer, Good Ale, to the fund.

He said he cannot remove money from the account for anything but charitable uses.

Commonhouse Ales is waiting for its federal licensing to begin brewing at its new facility, 535 N. Short St. in the Brewery District, which should take about three months, Kolada said.

He said he is in the initial stages of his business and is now seeking a distributor. He plans to start out slow, brewing about 3,000 barrels a year. Commonhouse has the capacity to brew 7,000 barrels annually.

Commonhouse will begin brewing four beers -- Good Ale, Summer Sesh, Winter Sesh and a seasonal brew -- all having been featured at Smokehouse Brewing Co., Kolada's brewpub at 1130 Dublin Road. He has long since sold his interests in his original brewpub, Barley's, founded in 1992 in the Short North. The beers will be available in bottles and on tap sometime this spring.

"We plan to make as much beer as people want," Kolada said. "We're going to see where the market takes us."

Sam Hickey will remain brewmaster at both Commonhouse and Smokehouse locations.

And keeping with the standards of B Lab, Kolada said he wants to create "employee empowerment" -- a positive work environment, offer a living wage and potential investment in the company.

Kolada recently acquired the 6,600-square-foot facility after Columbus Brewing Co. moved to 2555 Harrison Road on the West Side to increase capacity.