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Sandy Springs Brewing Company

Sandy Springs Brewing Company is owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Andy and Amanda Conrad. Their passion for craft beer was born more than 14 years ago while developing early recipes as home brewers during their college years. This passion and love reached new heights during a three-year adventure out West, working as traveling physical therapists. Their visits to many different breweries enabled them to taste a wide variety of beers, see different brewing techniques, and enjoy the atmosphere of each unique brewery. It was during this time that the initial planning for Sandy Springs Brewing Company began, and those experiences greatly influenced their vision. They also had the opportunity to volunteer at Santa Fe Brewing Co’s production facility in New Mexico, where they gained insight into the commercial side of the industry.

They are committed to preserving the history of Minerva and are very excited to be located in the old “filling station,” with hopes of bringing more tourism and business to the heart of downtown Minerva. The Sandy Springs name originated from the Conrads’ 19th-century farm, which is located along Sandy Springs Road in Minerva. The Sandy Spring was a natural spring that fed into the old farmhouse where Andy & Amanda currently reside. Their daughter is the sixth generation to live there. Andy has fond childhood memories of visiting his great grandmother and dipping an old tin cup into the large barrel of water where the spring entered the house.

The original plans for the brewery were for it to be located in the farm’s old red T-barn that also dated back the 1800s. In fact, Andy & Amanda had it inspected in 2013 to determine its structural integrity with positive recommendations that the barn would stand for another 75 years. Sadly, four days after this inspection, the barn was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. Fortunately, several of the old and now fire scarred barn beams and floor joists were salvageable. This wood is now featured throughout the taproom in downtown Minerva. The tree in SSBC’s logo symbolizes the old oak tree that stands by itself towering in the center of their farm. They often refer to it as the “Tree of Life,” and it represents the heritage and history of the farm and now six generations of family who have come to call it home.

SSBC features American and European style ales and lagers in a community and family-centered atmosphere. SSBC is a place to meet, spend great times, and create awesome memories. The Conrads look forward to seeing you in the taproom to enjoy their local hand-crafted beer.

232 N Market St.
Minerva, OH 44657

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