The new BrewDog USA headquarters at 96 Gender Road in Canal Winchester is fetching plenty of interest in central Ohio.
The company's 10,000-square-foot DogTap restaurant, taproom and retail outlet is a destination for those who want to tip back a couple of craft beers in a laid-back environment, said Ben Stewart, who is in charge of marketing and sales for the company.>> DogTap all about the beer <<
"We (have) a theme for all of our bars: Make it comfortable and be all about the beer," Stewart said. "You'll notice the lack of TVs. We want people to come and socialize, (and) immerse themselves in the experience of great craft beer."
The scene is modern -- a potpourri of steel, wood, stark blue booths, community seating, concrete and a 35-foot ceiling.
A glass wall gives patrons visual access to the brewing equipment, which will go online in a few weeks. For now, suds are brewed at the company's U.K. headquarters in Scotland.
Scottish artist Craig Fisher, who is responsible for bold brushstrokes at the U.K. locales, created murals on the beer tanks and the walls of DogTap.
On the other end of the space are oversized garage doors, which open to a patio and part of the BrewDog campus, which features manicured landscapes.
A game room offers two shuffleboard tables, pinball machines and old-school video games. A third level has yet to open.
The company also announced March 2 that it plans to add a hotel and sour-beer brewery by the end of 2018.
The primary attraction, though, is meant to be the beer.
The restaurant has 24 taps, with 12 beers currently available, an even split among BrewDog and local craft-beer selections. Stewart said beers quickly would be added to the roster.
In addition, all bartenders have achieved Level 1 of the Cicerone Certification Program, which tests candidates on their knowledge of beer, he said.
DogTap also has a limited amount of wine and liquor.
Even with the focus on beer, food was not an afterthought, Stewart said.
The local chef is Jeff Arthur, a Culinary Institute of America graduate and former executive chef at Ohio University.
"We've got a lot of inspiration from the U.K. menus, but the U.K. menus are also inspired by American dishes," he said.
Uncommon dishes include haggis spring rolls, Welsh rarebit (melted cheddar sauce served with toast) and Scotch eggs.
More familiar American menu items are walleye, braised short rib and New York strip, the most expensive item at $20.
Most dishes cost $7 to $15.
Among the signature burgers is the Identity Crisis, which is topped with pulled pork, crispy tortilla strips, chipotle cream and an egg, sunny-side up.
The foundation for all pizzas is dough made locally by Dan the Baker to BrewDog's specs.
Regular hours are 11 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday.
A separate brunch menu will be featured from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Canine companions are welcome with their owners.
For details, call 614-908-3051.
Recently closed restaurants include Easy Street Cafe, 197 Thurman Ave., and Spageddies Italian Kitchen, 3873 Park Mill Run Drive.