WAUSEON — Jo and Melvin Michelson have something other than coffee brewing in the back of their shop.
That’s because the Michelsons just opened North River Brewing Co. at their longtime Red Rambler Coffees. It’s the fourth craft brewery to open this year in northwest Ohio, joining Black Cloister Brewing Co. in downtown Toledo, Neon Groundhog Brewery at Majestic Oaks Winery in Grand Rapids, and Bowling Green Beer Works.
The Michelsons recently relocated their coffee shop to a larger location at 1493 N. Shoop Ave., and thought there might be an opportunity to realize another dream of theirs: craft beer.
“In the building that we rented, it had a warehouse space behind it,” Mrs. Michelson said. “My husband and I like craft beer as much as we did when we started our coffee business [12 years ago]. So, when we saw how much space was back there we kind of got the idea, ‘Wouldn’t it be fun to brew beer back here?”
The only thing is, neither of the Michelsons had any expertise in brewing beer, just the interest.
“I’m 58 and he’s 61, so we didn’t want to start brewing beer,” she said.
The Wauseon couple, however, didn’t have to look too far to find business partners with homebrewing experience.
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