We are proud to introduce to the valley one of the most iconic craft breweries in the state of Ohio. Jackie O’s initially opened as O’Hooley’s brewpub in 1996. Situated just north of the Ohio University campus in Athens, this tiny space filled a niche in the community at a time when local, independent brewing operations were few & far between. When Art Oestrike purchased the original brewpub in 2005, he named the new brewery after his late mother, Jackie. This new brewery soon expanded into the building adjacent to the original pub. Although the proprietors admit to having had minimal professional experience in the industry at the upstart, Jackie O’s grew as a labor of love. Their motto, “sustainably crafted with purpose,” is evident in the brewery’s commitment to process, ingredients, and a hands-on entrepreneurial approach to business. In 2009, the brewery added a bakery as part of their operations, which to this day utilizes the spent grain from their beer production to make the buns and pizza dough that is served in the pub. Shortly after, the staff began growing their own produce on a 20 some acre farm just outside of Athens- the bounty of which is also integrated into the pub fare.
In 2012, Jackie O’s purchased a building a few miles from the original pub location which allowed them to greatly expand their production capacity. Although the brewery’s five core beers still drive most of their sales, the brew master has amassed a collection of several hundred wine & spirit barrels which he uses to produce some truly unique, limited release offerings. Two such beers to come out of their barrel aging program are Elle and Scrip. Elle is a farmhouse saison that is fermented with wild yeasts & bacteria before aging for 6 months in a giant oak vessel called a foudre, where it picks up tannic woody notes and an acidic profile. Scrip is a grisette-style ale that is fermented with wild yeast and aged for 9 months in oak wine barrels which impart tart citrus and pineapple notes into the beer. Other beers in Jackie O’s experimental portfolio include a traditional German style Gose, a Berliner Weisse, and a rotating release saison ale entitled “Off the Beaten Path.” These special ales are all currently in stock, but in limited supply, so don’t sleep on trying some of the buckeye state’s finest!