CLEVELAND, Ohio – Hub 55/Sterle’s Country House owner Rick Semersky looked nationwide for a brewer for his developing Goldhorn Brewery – but he found who he was looking for right here in Cleveland.
On Monday, Semersky announced that Joel Warger has been named Head Brewer for the 10,000-square-foot brewery with a 100-seat tap room slated to open in 2015 at Hub 55 on East 55th Street. Warger is currently the Pub Brewer at Great Lakes Brewing Co., where he has worked for 14 years.
“I couldn’t have found a better Head Brewer for Goldhorn then Joel,” says Semersky. Warger will also be a minority owner in Goldhorn, with a hand in every aspect of the brewery and restaurant as well as the beermaking.
“I was looking everywhere, I had talked to people outside the Cleveland market, but Joel is just a great find. He’s very excited about what we’re doing for the neighborhood. We’re on the same page for the brewery and the restaurant, and he’s very passionate about the area.”
“The styles of beer and the overall concept for the brewery, along with Goldhorn’s presence in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood, made it an easy decision to sign on,” says Warger.
Goldhorn Brewery is slated to open next spring, with plans to brew 500-600 barrels in its first year.
The brewery will concentrate on traditional European-style beers, says Semersky — lagers, pilsners, ales and Hefeweizens.
“We’re going to focus on the types of beer you’d expect to have found in a place like Sterle’s in the 1930s and ’40s, when this area was filled with Slovenians and Croatians and other ethnic groups.
“We’ll probably start with a Hefeweizen, which some people might think is boring. But we want to begin with a good, simple beer that’s just really good to drink, something my dad might have drunk when I was a kid,” says Semersky.
Wager will start at Goldhorn toward the end of the year, says Semersky.
Semersky first announced plans for Hub 55 in May. In addition to brewery, the 42,000-square foot mixed-use building will contain: Cafe 55, a 2,000-square foot healthy-food cafe operated by Courtney Bonning of Bonbon Pastry & Cafe; The Market, a 12,000-square-foot market with locally sourced food purveyors and artisans, slated to open in spring 2015; 9,000 square feet of rentable flex space; and 7,000 square feet of redesigned office and retail space, slated to be complete by 2016.
The building currently houses Semersky’s 170-employee construction business, VIP, which is expanding into two nearby buildings in the St. Clair-Superior area.
The next step for Hub 55 will be the opening of Cafe 55, which has been delayed from a projected September opening to early January, says Semersky.