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Wakeman Elevator’s Craft Beer & Wine Barn offering rustic heritage

Zoe Greszler • Updated Feb 22, 2016 at 10:29 PM

WAKEMAN — This village is welcoming what could become the area’s newest hot spot. Today, Wakeman Elevator’s Craft Beer & Wine Barn officially opened for business inside a historic structure.

The rustic space at 16 Hyde St. in Wakeman offers a half dozen rotating craft beers on tap and more than a dozen other bottled import and domestic beers, along with premium and local Ohio wines from the region.

A light menu to pair with the wines and beers is also offered. Paninis and shrimp are among the food offerings.

“It’s the best little-kept secret in Wakeman,” owner Jeff Krieger said

With a copper-look ceiling, reclaimed barn wood and cabinets, and a handmade bar, the space seats 25 in the main bar area and spills over into the Event Center at the Wakeman Elevator, where folks can sit comfortably and carry on warm conversation by the massive fireplace.

“It’s amazing to see the transformation of this space,” Krieger said. “With some vision, some gumption, a lot of sweat and the help of friends and family, we were able to turn this unused, empty space into a place where folks can gather, share stories, make memories and enjoy some top quality craft beers and wines.”

All of the work for the building was done by Krieger and his 80-year-old father, who now lives in Florida.

The whole interior is designed with reclaimed wood, adding to the character of the business.

The bar boasts an open layout, leading into the large cozy, rustic Event Center with a custom-made fireplace. This larger area has antique items hanging from the ceiling and on the walls, creating an atmosphere of the heritage of the building.

“If these walls could talk. The stories they would tell.” Krieger said. “That’s the atmosphere I wanted. I wanted to tell those stories.”

The bar and gathering center isn’t geared so much toward the younger generation, according to Krieger.

“It’s more for the generation that’s 40 and up,” he said. “They can come up, have a drink and reminisce about the old times. They’ll come in and they’ll say, ‘I remember that.’ That’s priceless.”

The Craft Beer & Wine Barn will host various live entertainment from time to time, and the selections of beers and wines will rotate throughout the season. Growlers of beer are available to purchase, as are bottles of the local wines.

“We’re excited about the opening, and look forward to many years of being a warm, gathering place for folks from all around looking to experience something a little different,” Krieger said.

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