‘Nano brewery’ to open in Whitehall

A pair of up-and-coming craft brewers plans to make a hobby into a reality in Whitehall next spring.

2 Tone Brewing Co. will open its doors at 145 N. Hamilton Road, just north of the Broad Street/Hamilton Road intersection.

Anthony McKeivier and Tony Hill have been brewing together for about six years, since they became interested in craft beers during college.

Photo courtesy of Alan Levine.

Photo courtesy of Alan Levine.

“I was in business school at Ohio State at the time and thought of it as a great business plan,” said McKeivier, who works fulltime as an accountant.

The two started brewing from McKeivier’s Reynoldsburg garage.

Three years ago, the small operation received local notoriety after winning Barley’s Brewing Co. Homebrew Competition with their 2 Tone American IPA, which Barley’s then featured in the restaurant.

The men’s initial goal is to brew 250 barrels of beer in their first year in their Whitehall space. They plan to operate on a 5-barrel system will brew once a week, mostly in the evenings.

McKeivier said he has talked to nearly 20 local bars and restaurants about supplying their brew after their operations are up and running. He said he’s even reached out to a few Whitehall establishments.

The company initially plans to employ between two and three people with future plans to expand to 10-15. Though their Whitehall location would not allow them to open a tasting room, they hope to use their new location as a jumping off point.

“Whitehall is close to downtown and my home,” McKeivier said. “It was convenient, the price was great and there are no other breweries in Whitehall. We wanted to be the first.”

For more information on 2 Tone, contact Whitehall Community Affairs Coordinator Gail Martineau at 614-237-8613 or Anthony McKeivier at 740-412-0845.