By MORGAN MANNS
For The Courier
Community members may cheer for home-brewed beers come Friday when a local establishment opens its doors.
The UrbanWoody Brewery, 105 E. Tiffin St., will host a grand opening celebration at 5:30 p.m. with live music and, of course, homemade brews.
The new business hosted a soft opening in late April, inviting about 60 people into the newly refurbished facility.
Owner Mike Aurand said, “We feel great about all the work as it’s mostly been done by ourselves.”
Aurand handcrafted the chairs and barstools while the tables were made by a friend, Don Cochran, to ensure there are plenty of seats for people to enjoy their libations, play board games or enjoy the entertainment.
Four local brewers — Aurand, Aaron Weidner, Matt Good and Mike Harmon — will have their handcrafted beers showcased at the brewery. One of each of their beers will always be on tap. Using Ohio-grown hops and grain, the product will be kegged in the basement of the facility, according to Aurand, and kept in a cooler in the basement.
“It’s a different kind of brewery, all hand-crafted from the beer to the bar stools,” Aurand said. “Our hands have been on every single thing in here.”
The Arcadia native and his wife, Tiffani, began their business endeavor in April 2018 when they rented the space. With the help of other locals, they have since gutted the entire facility.
Although there isn’t a kitchen inside the facility for food to be cooked, people will have the option of bringing in their own food. Friday’s event is BYOF — bring your own food — or order for delivery.
“We want to bring the community together,” Aurand previously said. “We’re all about the people who live here. … We want to bring back a little bit of the downtown life. We want people coming downtown and we want to create that atmosphere like it used to be.”
“This is a place where you can go and relax and just enjoy the atmosphere and the great beers,” he said.
Brewery hours will be 5-10 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 12-10 p.m. Saturdays.