MEDINA, Ohio - The owners of Foundry Social are switching gears and will be using a "guest brewmaster" concept instead of bringing in Franklin Brewing Co. of Elyria as previously reported.
Owners Greg Cordray, Steve Madden, Brian Fontanella and Gene Whaley said they are planning to open MAD Brewing Co. inside Foundry Social in early 2020. The brewery - which stands for Making A Difference - will allow independent brewers a chance to brew commercially.
“We had plans to have an on-site microbrewery inside Foundry Social,” Cordray said in a release, “but circumstances changed and we had to alter our plans, but we are really excited about this ‘guest brewmaster’ concept."
Instead, a brewer will be selected to take over the brewery and its taps every month. One of the beers from each monthly guest brewmaster will remain on tap for three months, the release said.
The entertainment center is at 333 Foundry St., Medina. It sits a few blocks northwest of Medina's square and will offer duckpin bowling, billiards, video games, bocce, full kitchen, bar and more. A grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 16.
This past Saturday, Franklin Brewing Co. reported on its Facebook page that the brewery would not be opening in Foundry Social, saying in part: "As we all know life comes with twists and turns along the path to successful ventures, sometimes along the way you run into obstacles. The complexities of the business world don't always allow ventures to come to fruition as they were planned. That being said, Franklin Brewing Company will not be opening a tap room in The Foundry Social Complex this fall. We wish them the best in their endeavors."
A guest-brewers program has been used elsewhere. Platform Beer Co. started out with an incubator-business approach to train local home brewers. And Bad Tom Smith in Ohio City offers a “Home Brewers Shoot-Out” competition for winning home brewers to craft their beers on the brewery’s larger system.
MAD Brewing is looking for independent brewers to become part of its guest-brewmaster program. Applications can be found online.