The craft brewing fad that has swept the nation for the past dozen or so years had failed to find any entrepreneurs interested in northwest Columbus, but it appears that is changing.

The craft brewing fad that has swept the nation for the past dozen or so years had failed to find any entrepreneurs interested in northwest Columbus, but it appears that is changing.

Two craft-beer operations are in the planning stages.

In October, the Northwest Civic Association board of trustees heard an informal proposal from John G. Chess of Realty Invest about his plans to turn an historic home on Dierker Road into the Henderson House Brewing Co.

Board members Nov. 2 voted to recommend approval of variances that would be needed to clear the way for the project.

Chess noted at the October meeting that central Ohio boasts about two dozen brewpubs, but none had so far settled into the northwest Columbus.

"There's a pretty big gap right here in the northwest corridor," Chess told the trustees.

Now, John Grable wants to close that gap even further.

At the Dec. 7 meeting of the NWCA, Grable gave an informal presentation about another microbrewery in the neighborhood.

Random Precision Brewing Co. LLC would be in the former Carpet King store at 2365 W. Dublin-Granville Road.

"The primary purpose of this brewery is to produce sour beer," Grable said.

"It's just starting to become popular in Ohio."

Sour beer was common old-time brew that was produced using wild yeast and bacteria to help ferment the beverage.

It was a common brew before commercial yeast cultures became prevalent.

Sour beers often carry the flavors of fruits added during the aging process.

In a handout provided at the NWCA meeting, Grable noted he had applied for a council variance Nov. 28 to have fewer parking spaces than the 11 required by city ordinance.

He said he also would seek a written agreement to use spaces at an adjacent business, which is owned by the same person as the 5,400 former carpet store.

Grable is proposing to use 900 square feet for a taproom, with the balance of the space set aside for the brewing operation and a warehouse.

Random Precision Brewing will not be serving food, but Grable told the trustees customers would be able to purchase pizza from a shop across the street.

That prompted Rosemarie Lisko, chairwoman of the graphics and zoning committee, to raise a concern.

"I will say right now I don't want people crossing (state Route) 161," she told Grable. "It's a very dangerous road."

He responded that he didn't want his customers going across the street either, and said he would be seeking a delivery arrangement with the owner of the restaurant.

Lisko also noted a sidewalk would be required in front of the building.

"It's going to go nowhere, right now," she said.

"We're looking for people who appreciate the craft beer," Grable said.

The proposed limited hours of operation are 3:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 3:30 to midnight Fridays, noon to midnight Saturdays and noon to 8 p.m. Sundays.

Lisko said she anticipated the variance request for the microbrewery to be on the civic association's agenda for January.

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