Edison Brewing Co. opens next to Gahanna's Franklin Peak

MARLA K. KUHLMAN
mkuhlman@thisweeknews.com
Modern indoor seating and a bank of flat-screen televisions are featured in the bar area of the new Edison Brewing Co., 785 Science Blvd. in Gahanna.

Gahanna city officials, employees at the Franklin Peak office building and residents are raising a glass at Edison Brewing Co., one of central Ohio’s newest craft breweries.

The brewery opened for business Aug. 7 at 785 Science Blvd., adjacent to Franklin Peak, a new 64,000-square-foot, 4-story office facility that includes an event space on the top floor, with picturesque views of the Columbus skyline.

Victor Ecimovich III, formerly of Columbus’ Hoster Brewing Co., is running operations at Edison, according to a news release from the city of Gahanna.

He will focus on producing German-style beer varieties at the 5,000-square-foot brewery that features hand-crafted Amish-built beams, modern indoor seating with a bank of flat-screen televisions and a wrap-around outdoor patio.

The brewery offers outdoor food trucks for customers, and an Oktoberfest is planned in September, said Wil Schulze, owner and creator of both Edison Brewing and the Franklin Peak office building.

Updates will be posted on the brewery’s Facebook page at facebook.com/edisonbrewing.

The brewery is open from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.

Schulze said he has operated businesses in Gahanna since 2005.

When he was looking to relocate the office spaces of his businesses – IJUS and SPIDAWeb – into one building, he focused on the undeveloped land on Science Boulevard.

The businesses moved into the second and third floors of the Franklin Peak building, 781 Science Blvd., in March.

The new development is atop one of the highest points in Franklin County, next to Golf Depot – hence the name Franklin Peak, according to the city’s news release.

The impressive sunset views of downtown Columbus made an immediate impression on Schulze, he said.

“It was a feature that could not be replicated elsewhere,” he said.

Managing the brewing production capacity through the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has been a challenge, Schulze said, but he wanted to provide some normalcy to the Gahanna community.

That was an important factor in opening Edison Brewing this month, he said.

The opening of both facilities was more than two years in the making, with the project breaking ground in August 2018.

Gahanna Mayor Laurie Jadwin said the project is a catalyst for future development in Gahanna’s northeast area.

“The Franklin Peak office building provides a modern workspace that is perfectly suited for today’s ever-changing work environment. And the opening of Edison Brewing next to Golf Depot – along with a first-class event center – creates an attractive entertainment option for residents in Gahanna, as well as central Ohio,” Jadwin said.

She said she and the city’s development team have been working to create shovel-ready sites in the area for future commercial and office use that would contribute to job and economic growth in the city.

“Gahanna truly is open for business, and we welcome the opportunity to continue to work with developers in the region to provide opportunities for development in the city,” Jadwin said.

From the beginning of the endeavor, Schulze said, he has focused on creating a positive impact in the Gahanna community.

“We went into this with the goal of helping Gahanna attract engineering and technology businesses,” he said in the release from the city.

“The campus vision was designed to promote employee retention. The open space provides room for hotels, restaurants, additional office space and even another brewery.”

Although several local businesses already call Franklin Peak home, Schulze said, he plans to market the remainder of the available space in-house for now.

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These beer-tap handles are part of the bar decor at the new Edison Brewing Co., 785 Science Blvd. in Gahanna.