The Put-in-Bay Brewery and Distillery opened in 1996 and is Put-in-Bay’s first brewery. The building itself is over 100 years old. First owned by Valentine Doller, one the of the islands most known residents, Doller served as the third mayor of the island. Over time, it functioned as a grocery store, gas station, and even fire station. Now, unlike other Put in Bay bars it brews locally made craft beer to the delight of island visitors.
It features a rotating menu all summer long, depending on the brew schedule. They specialize in stouts and wheat beers, crafting a variety of beers for everyone’s tastebuds. So if the Put in Bay winery isn’t for you, take a short walk down the street to the brewery to get a taste of summer that was made right here on the island.
Beers on Tap
Selection changes, but here are some highlights:
- -South Bass Milk Stout
- -Watermelon Wheat
- -Strawberry Basil Wheat
- -Raspberry Mocha Stout
- -Pass Out Bourbon Punch
What would a brewery be without a menu of delicious, hearty food. That’s right! The Brewery also competes with other Put in Bay restaurants and it delivers on flavor in both their beers and their dishes!
The Brewery’s Food Highlights
- -Greek Pizza
- -Brewery Cheese Soup
- -Walleye Bites
- -Perch Sandwich served on an egg bun
- -Basil Pesto Chicken
- -Mexicali Burger
One of the favorites is definitely the Brewery Cheese Soup. They blend their Summer’s Brew with aged cheddar to make a truly creamy and rich soup. Lighter options include the Caprese Salad, which goes well with the Watermelon Wheat. The Chicken, Spinach, and Avocado Salad is elevated with a pairing of the Ole Cotton Top Irish Red. Kid’s also eat well with a menu of Chicken Friends and Mac ‘n Cheese.
Their recently expanded back patio is a lovely place to sit on a warm summers evening, enjoying a local brew and good company. The Put-in-Bay Brewery and Distillery is right in the middle of downtown, making it fairly close to the Put in Bay ferry terminal. Located down the street from Perry’s Park, it is close to other things to do in Put in Bay like Hooligans and The Old Forge.