Lake Erie island craft brewery with picturesque views up for sale

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Lake Erie island craft brewery with picturesque views up for sale

Posted on July 6, 2017 in Island News

Original article: https://www.ohio.com/akron/news/local/lake-erie-island-craft-brewery-with-picturesque-views-up-for-sale

Ever dream of owning a brewery on an island?

Well, here’s your chance: The Kelleys Island Brewery, located on Kelleys Island in Lake Erie and offering picturesque views of the Ohio mainland, is up for sale.

The asking price is a cool $2.5 million.

That gets you a 3½-barrel brewery, restaurant, bar, lakefront cottage, stone-sided single family home, two-unit apartment building and garage with a studio apartment.

Cutler Real Estate is handling the sale.

The seasonal brewery — it traditionally has been open only during the Lake Erie Islands tourist season — is one of the most remote breweries in the state thanks to its island home. The only way to visit is to take a 20-minute ferry ride — or fly, swim or boat there yourself.

Located along West Lakeshore Drive, the Kelleys Island Brewery offers remarkable views of the mainland, other islands, Lake Erie and Cedar Point amusement park.

Patti Johnson and Doug Muranyi founded the brewery as the Island Cafe & Brew Pub in 1999 after she was inspired by Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland and bought a small Century brewing system. The name was changed to the Kelleys Island Brewery in 2002.

Johnson and Muranyi, who serves as the brewer, couldn’t be reached for comment.

“They are looking to move onto the next adventure in their life,” Cutler real estate agent Steve Burgess said.

Kelleys Island, viewed as a quieter destination than the partying, bar-filled Put-in-Bay on nearby South Bass Island, is home to only about 300 year-round residents, although the population swells during the summer.

The brewery resembles a small cafe because it started out in 1960 as an ice cream stand, later morphing into a diner and then the brewpub.

Johnson and Muranyi added an outdoor stone patio and bar that have hosted many weddings.

Cindy Holmes, co-director of the Kelleys Island Chamber of Commerce, said the craft brewery has been a key attraction for the island for years and she’d like to see any buyer keep it as a brewery.

“I always point it out to people visiting,” she said.

Kelleys Island isn’t the only brewery on the Lake Erie islands. Put-in-Bay Brewing Co. & Distillery operates on South Bass Island, while the St. Hazards resort on Middle Bass Island holds a state brewing permit.

Anyone interested in the Kelleys Island property should contact Burgess at Cutler Real Estate at 330-327-3393 or sburgess@cutlerci.com.

Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or rarmon@thebeaconjournal.com. Read his beer blog at Ohio.com/beer. Follow him on Twitter at @armonrickABJ.

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