Wineries and Breweries

Union County is home to award-winning wineries and breweries specializing in locally grown ingredients. Whether novice or connoisseur, you’ll enjoy visiting and tasting at our family-run breweries and wineries. 

The wine industry is finding that Union County’s clay soil mix is perfect for growing grapes. The Midwest weather pattern concentrates the sweetness and flavor of the grape in the wet spring, then locks that flavor in with a dry summer, making for optimal grape growing conditions. 

With renewed interest in craft brewing and locally sourced ingredients, breweries are popping up and family farms like Rustic Brew Farm, Mill Creek Hops and Grandpops hops, are planting malt, barley and hops to meet the demand. 

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1487 Brewery

Beer | Full Bar

Our journey began in early 2016 with a beer law that was put in place more than 500 years ago and the desire to have an exceptional experience in our backyard.

 

Ben King founder of 1487 Brewery, a husband and a dad, has lived in Ohio for most of his life. He has always enjoyed beer, but it was not his first choice when choosing an adult beverage before experiencing beer in Germany.

 

While Ben worked for a German based corporation, he sampled his fair share of German beers during his stays. Traveling to Bavaria, he discovered high-quality brews that hit his palate unlike he had ever experienced at home. Ben found when he was back in the states he missed these fresh and flavorful German beers.  

 

After looking for similar beers back home to no avail, Ben began researching the industry.  During his journey, he found a lack of a Bavarian experience with fine and natural beer and family-friendly beer gardens. After pitching his idea to his colleague, Thomas Garbe, there was a proverbial “lightbulb” moment for him and Thomas. Thomas and Ben immediately started work on what is now 1487 Brewery. 

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Dalton Union
Winery & Brewery

Wine | Beer | Mead | Cider

After years of dabbling in winemaking and receiving positive feedback from friends and family, Dale and Tonya decided to make it official. Playing on their love of wine and each other, they named the winery after the combination of their names and their location in Ohio. Located in Marysville, the winery has grown to feature wine, hard cider, mead, and beer made on location. Their “43040” brew is made with all locally grown ingredients and aptly named after Marysville’s zip code. 

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Rhetoric Brewing Co.

Wine | Beer | Mead | Cider

Founded in 2018 by two slightly eccentric, homebrewers, Rhetoric Brewing Company offers small-batch concoctions of wine, hard cider, mead, and beer. Visit their cozy taproom in Richwood and enjoy their rhetorical beers, ciders, and wines, including Cash Crop, Bodacious Blonde Ale, Appley Everafter, and Decadence, as well as a variety of red and white wines. 

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Walking Distance
Brewing Co.

Beer | Craft Seltzer

Walking Distance Brewing is a locally-owned brewery within walking distance of Uptown Marysville. Owners Doug Olsen and Teddy Valinski have revitalized a historic building and created a fresh hip space that brings friends, family, and local businesses together. Doug and Teddy make it a priority to partner with local growers and producers to source ingredients for their signature brews.

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Retreat 21

Wine | Cider

The Retreat 21 Tap House is surrounded by 64 acres of lush trees and rolling meadows. Guests are invited to sip on their favorite beverages while taking in the pristine views of the rolling landscape. The onsite vineyard, orchard and lavender fields are the perfect backdrop to kick back and relax on the private deck or by the winery silo. 

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