Jason Grable definitely hopes Random Precision doesn't wear out its welcome once he opens his brewery and taproom in a former carpet store in northwest Columbus this year.

Jason Grable definitely hopes Random Precision doesn't wear out its welcome once he opens his brewery and taproom in a former carpet store in northwest Columbus this year.

The Upper Arlington attorney, who selected the name for his brewing company from a line in the Pink Floyd song "Shine on, You Crazy Diamond," wants to turn his avocation into a vocation by leaving law behind to specialize in turning out sour beer.

"There's probably a need for it, and I wanted to bring that to Columbus," Grable said.

Grable has been an attorney for the past 14 years, and an avid home brewer for 10.

"I think at a certain point every home brewer has a notion, 'Can I do this for a living?'"

To that end, Grable was scheduled to appear before the Northwest Civic Association board of trustees this week, seeking their blessing for variances that would clear the way for Random Precision Brewing Co. LLC to open in the former Carpet King at 2635 W. Dublin-Granville Road.

Grable said he decided to specialize in the microbrewery subcategory of sour beer after making a trip, almost a pilgrimage, five years ago to the Cascade Brewing in Portland, Ore.

According to Grable, the term tart "might resonate better with people than sour, because I think sour has a negative connotation."

"A lot of them are flavored with a little fruit so you get that sourness, but you get that sweetness. That give and take on the flavor is what I really appreciate."

In seeking a location for his new enterprise, Grable said he wanted something inside the outerbelt, but not too close to downtown.

"I feel like there are a lot of good breweries in and around downtown ... but I was looking for something a little more in the suburbs area," he said.

"Trying to find a warehouse type of building that's 5,000, 6,000 square feet, it was an ordeal. It took a while."

Mary MacDonald, executive director of the Ohio Craft Brewers Association, said 39 microbreweries opened in Ohio in 2016, exactly duplicating the growth experienced the previous year, bringing the total to a little less than 200.

"I was just reading some quotes from 2014, when we surpassed 100 breweries and here we are two years later approaching 200," MacDonald said. "This trend is playing out across the United States."

Several of the microbreweries, she said, are specializing in or at least setting aside areas devoted to sour beer.

If all goes well -- Grable said getting the necessary federal permits to open a microbrewery is "kind of the wild card" the plan is for Random Precision to open in early spring.

"I'd like to shoot for April," Grable said. "I think that's realistic, if only a few things go wrong."

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