By Daniel Karell
Beer aficionados in Brown County have a new destination to purchase craft beer and beer of all sizes.
Last month, Grandma’s and Grandpa’s Carry Out added what they’re calling a “beer cave,” which is fully equipped with popular beers from Budweiser and Coors as well as a small selection of craft beer, 25 oz. cans, and margarita drinks.
“We’ve put in a very large beer cave at Grandma’s and Grandpa’s,” Joe Kovach, a member of the Kovach family that owns Grandma’s and Grandpa’s as well as Harold’s Quick Shop Carry Out. “We put in some craft beers and really increased our selection of beer that we carry now. We put a freezer coil in so we keep our beer really cold, and we’ve gotten a lot of compliments.”
The freezer coil is key, Kovach explained, because he can keep the room at 34 degrees, allowing for the beer to be near icy cold when it’s purchased. In the old system, the beers were kept at an average of 38 degrees, due to the glass doors opening and closing with the warm air mixing in with the cool air.
Within the beer cave is hundreds of dollars worth of alcohol. This includes large packs of Budweiser, Bud Light, Coors, Coors Light, Busch Light, Yuengling, Miller High Life, Miller Light, and more traditional lagers. At the same time, Grandma’s and Grandpa’s has introduced some craft beer options, including Cincinnati-based MadTree Brewing, Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Company, Dogfish Head Brewery out of Delaware, and Breckenridge Brewery out of Denver, Colorado.
“There’s some other nice beer caves in the area but it’s a big improvement to our business. We opened up the beer cave about three weeks ago and we’ve got great feedback on it,” said Kovach.
If a customer doesn’t want to purchase a six-pack of beer or more, there’s also numerous shelves of wine coolers and margaritas, from Seagram’s to Bud Light Lime-a-Rita’s, and there are 25 oz. cans and 40 fl. oz. bottles of traditional lagers.
The beer cave has had another indirect but positive effect for Kovach. As he’s able to move his beers to another spot of the shop, there’s more space to add and store in cold temperatures products such as milk, chocolate milk, and orange juice.
“The other good thing moving the beer did was over in my glass doors where the beer used to be, we’ve got six new (open) glass doors so we can expand on those products,” Kovach said.
The milk is being sold for $1 per half gallon and $2.99 per gallon. Kovach claims he now has the ability to compete with the likes of Kroger in Mt. Orab for products like milk.
“Say you’re getting gas and you need a gallon of milk, you can get it here if it’s the same price as Kroger,” he said.
Reach Daniel Karell at 937-378-6161. Follow him on Twitter @GNDKarell