By Nikki Delamotte
Cleveland, Ohio – Everything old is new again at the ambitious Forest City Brewery project (2135 Columbus Rd., forestcitybrewery.com) in Duck Island. Embedded within the historic 1915 building on the site of the former Atlantic Beer Garden, the forthcoming Duck-Rabbit Coffee and Western Reserve Meadery add to the anticipation of Forest City as a craft beverage destination.
Both Columbus Road storefronts plan to wrap up construction in February. Duck-Rabbit expects to be open by the end of the month and a spring opening is planned for the Meadery.
In the midst of mead’s recent explosion, Douglas Shaw and Jason Andro of Western Reserve Meadery are primed to continue the renaissance of their fermented honey-based imbuement.
“I remember reading about mead in Beowulf,” recalls Shaw. “Now you’ve got Game of Thrones and Skyrim putting it front and center of popular culture.”
Shaw and Andro, who started as home brewers, already have garnered accolades from WineMaker magazine. In 2014, they earned a bronze award in the fruit mead category for their fig mead made with blueberry honey.