BELLEFONTAINE — For the third straight year, a local bar was named Ohio’s “best beer bar” as part of CraftBeer.com’s Great American Beer Bars competition.
Brewfontaine was selected the top beer bar in Ohio by readers of CraftBeer.com, the website of the Brewers Association. Brewfontaine has been in business for four years and was instrumental in the revitalization of downtown Bellefontaine, according to co-owner Adam Rammel.
“We opened our doors in 2015 and to receive this honor not only once, but three times, is a testament to the incredible community support,” said Rammel, who opened Brewfontaine in November 2015 with Brian Wall and Jeramy Fitzpatrick. “There are a lot of bars in Ohio that have much larger spaces and many more taps, but when you combine our food and drink offerings, team members, and atmosphere I will put us up against anyone.”
Few beer bars command the type of community support like Brewfontaine, according to CraftBrew.com, which stated the bar’s 16 draft and 50 packaged beers “show few signs of fading in the eyes of Ohio beer fans.”
According to its website, Brewfontaine is located in a downtown building that in the 1950s housed the iconic Johnson’s Restaurant, a regular stop for many that was known for its fresh grilled sandwiches and cold beverages.
“CraftBeer.com’s … excited to shine a spotlight on the beer bars who prominently feature U.S. craft breweries and create memorable beer experiences,” said Jess Baker, editor in chief of CraftBeer.com. “Cheers to the winners on this year’s list.”
To compile its Great American Beer Bars list, CraftBeer.com readers were asked to nominate their favorite craft beer bar in their state. Beer bars recognized as Great American Beer Bars were selected by popular votes and asked to provide information on their beer bars to confirm their intent to be listed. Nearly 7,000 votes were cast during December.
The annual list has been a CraftBeer.com staple since 2012.