Hoptometry Brewing Company Acquires McGowan’s Tavern in Tiffin


Plans to Renovate Former Tavern With Goal to Open in Late 2023

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 30, 2023 –  Hoptometry Brewing Company is thrilled to announce the acquisition of the iconic McGowan's Tavern, a historic landmark nestled in the heart of Tiffin. The establishment, steeped in local history, has been a cornerstone of the community for decades. This strategic move signifies Hoptometry's dedication to expanding its footprint and crafting exceptional experiences for its patrons.

Mayor Dawn Iannantuono commends the new owners, stating, "The transformation of the old McGowan's Tavern into Hoptometry Brewing Company perfectly represents the entrepreneurial spirit that has always been found in Tiffin. We applaud Hoptometry’s efforts in revitalizing this space and giving it a new life."

Co-owner Rick Sutter is equally excited about this new venture, sharing, "The acquisition of McGowan's Tavern marks an important milestone for Hoptometry Brewing Company. Our team is devoted to breathing new life into this historic establishment, offering a space where the community can gather, unwind, and relish finely crafted beverages and cuisine."

The transition is set to unfold swiftly, with the anticipated closing of the acquisition in approximately 5 weeks. Hoptometry aims to open its doors to the public within a few weeks thereafter, introducing a unique blend of craft beers, spirits, and delectable dishes that the community has come to anticipate.

In this interim period, Hoptometry is working closely with state authorities to navigate the intricacies of the liquor permit process. While plans to brew their signature Hoptometry beer are underway, the establishment will kick off its operation with existing D1, D2, and D3 permits, allowing patrons to savor a diverse selection of beverages and culinary delights.

"We envision Hoptometry Brewing Company as a hub of creativity and exploration," shares Rick Sutter. "Our establishment will feature an array of taps, carefully curated to showcase the finest craft beers available. Our commitment to innovation extends beyond beverages, as we plan to introduce an ever-evolving menu to provide our patrons with fresh culinary experiences."

Hoptometry Brewing Company is committed to fostering an environment of constant excitement, with a rotating selection of beers on tap, bottled offerings, and an evolving cocktail menu. The establishment aims to provide a dynamic experience for its patrons, ensuring that each visit yields the opportunity to discover something new.

As part of their future expansion plans at their second location in Downtown Tiffin, Hoptometry envisions the transformation of the adjacent former alleyway into an enchanting outdoor patio, allowing guests to bask in the charm of the Historic District, while enjoying their favorite beverages and dishes.

While plans for brewing their own beer are in progress, Hoptometry anticipates beginning on a small scale. The establishment will introduce a select number of taps dedicated to their own creations, complemented by a handpicked assortment of craft beers from local and distant breweries. This approach aligns seamlessly with their vision for the downtown Hoptometry location, which will house a larger brewing system.

Rick Sutter further elucidates, "Our downtown location, adjacent to Lot 5, remains a steadfast goal for us. Although the timeline might have shifted, we're unwavering in our commitment. The McGowan's Tavern location will serve as a vital stepping stone in our journey, offering space for experimentation and innovation."

Hoptometry Brewing Company's dedication to preserving history is palpable, as they intend to pay homage to the legacy of the McGowan family. Plans to incorporate nods to the property's history are underway, with potential beer names, menu items, and drink offerings that reflect the heritage of the establishment.

The acquisition of McGowan's Tavern by Hoptometry Brewing Company represents a symbiotic fusion of tradition and innovation. With a steadfast commitment to providing memorable experiences, Hoptometry is poised to redefine Tiffin's food and beverage landscape.

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.tiffinseneca.org.

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