Weasel Boy Brewing Company

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Weasel Boy Brewing CompanyWeasel Boy Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.76/5
Based on:
24 Beers
314 Ratings
Place Score: 93
Ratings: 30
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

126 Muskingum Ave.
Suite E
Zanesville, Ohio, 43701
United States
phone: (740) 455-3767

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Notes:
First place to brew their own beer in Zanesville since 1918.

Growlers to go.
740-455-3767 or 740-605-PINT (7468)

(Place added by: Dogbrick on 09-08-2007)
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Reviews by Thorpe429:
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4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by this place with my father-in-law in the midst of a camping excursion to Zanesville this past weekend.

As you walk in the doors, the taproom is off to the right. When we got there, they were cleaning out the brewing equipment and had that area roped off. There are a few tables before getting into the bar area, which also includes some nice cushioned seats and sofa-like seating. Cool beer signs all over the walls and a very nice stain-glass logo above the bar. The bar was crowded, though we got prompt service.

There were nine beers on draft. Refreshingly, the vast majority of them were below 6% ABV. Perfect for the summer, and perfect for a round of tasting glasses. Service was excellent. The bartender was quite friendly and those who I assume were the owners were quite friendly, asking us how everything was and then grabbing our pint glass when it was time to go.

Food was just pretzels, but I wasn't complaining. Pricing was quite reasonable. We got a pint glass, 9-beer sampler, new growler to go, and a pint of the Rye Pale for about $30. I'll definitely visit again if I'm ever around Zanesville.

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3.64/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.24/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of KushBreakfast
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

I visited this brew pub on July 11, 2014.

It was a nice little hole in the wall brewery. Old-school warehouse setting with a small tap room that doubled as the brew room. I came in very open-minded having heard good things about the brewery and with the intent of going home with a growler. The atmosphere was my favorite part of the experience, it was a very laid back setting with cool old-time decor, magazines, art, games, etc. Talking with the bartender about the history of the place and about the people who brew the beer, their styles, interests etc. is kind of what saved the experience for me. I tried all 8 beers on tap, and nothing really stood out to me as great, some were rather poor (**for my particular taste!!), but I was able to appreciate the effort they put toward fulfilling their dreams as brewers, the styles of beers they preferred, and type of business structure they were going for. Needless to say, I ended up going home without a growler, although the Bourbon Scottish was very tempting!! All of these external aspects outside of the beer itself leads me to giving a better review that I would have given if I were to try all of these beer samples blindfolded. They whip up some pretty good hand crafted pizzas too, which was a minor plus. All in all, I enjoyed the experience, but the beers on tap that day weren't necessarily for me. No disrespect to the brew or brewers!

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of ventiman
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

I have stopped by here a few times.

Location is great. With a small patio river view. Inside is pretty large It can hold decent amount of folks. Has a coffee/cafe atmosphere about the place. Free WiFi. The brews are super all on tap, have not reached to doing any in bottles yet. They now do there own from scratch pizzas, using a wholewheat flour which is something I don't see done that often. But they are great. Beer and pizza cant beat that.
No buck a pitcher nights at this place.. Which is great as it keeps away the quantity folks.
This place is for quality beer lovers.!

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of compass40204
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Zanesville isn't much to write home about in general according to my friends that live here, but Weasel Boy is a pretty good excuse to stop in if you're nearby. The place is rather inviting and laid back. The beers are pretty good. The service is good. The pizza is great. The people that inhabit the pub are also great.

The beers lean heavily toward sessionable, with many of them having some proportion of wheat. Their Wardance Wheat IPA is excellent. I was sad that their stout wasn't on at the time, since I have been steering away from hoppy stuff recently. Their wheat beer was out also, and the blonde ran out just after I showed up today. Dancing Ferret IPA was by far the hoppiest thing on the menu on my visits, clocking in at about 90 IBU, and a few of their beers register below 20 IBU as I recall. My only complaint would be the gaps in their beer menu; it consisted primarily of wheat beers and paler stuff. Their PawPaw Pale is an odd thing if you're not familiar with the pawpaw fruit, and even if you are familiar with it it is an odd flavor. Their Plaid Ferret scottish ale is the wild card among the current taps, and unusually low alcohol (4.9% I think) for the style. The Mango Wheat leaned a bit toward peach, as mango frequently does in a beer. Overall I liked them, but I had my sights set on something darker and more robust.

In the few days I have spent in Zanesville I made as many stops in for a pint or 2. It only took one visit to feel like a regular patron, though, and I assume on my next visit to Weasel Boy someone will recognize me- it's that sort of place. As much as I enjoyed the wheat beers I really would like to try their darker offerings, which have won medals at GABF. For now I'll be satisfied with knowing that I have just another reason to drop in and see my friends, who live a block away from the Weasel.

Photo of buschbeer
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I went to Weasel Boy a couple weeks ago on a trip to Buckeye Lake. I had never tried any of their beers, so I was eager to try some. I drove by the place on my first attempt to go there. It is a big brick building that looks like an old warehouse or industrial building. They have a relatively small sign that I missed on the first pass. We parked in a gravel lot across the street. There was a patio that overlooked the river.

We walked into the pub area. It had brewing equipment to the right as we entered. There was an L-shaped bar in the corner. In the middle of the room looked like a living room from the 1970's. The was 70's era looking furniture surrounding a coffee table. There were shelves with books about beer and some games.

We bellied up to the bar and I checked out the chalkboard with the beers listed. Now normally when I go to a new brewpub I get a flight to sample all the goods, but two beers beckoned me, the mango wheat and the barrel aged cherry stout. The friendly bartender gave me a sample of each. They were both delicious, so I had a glass of each. I also tried the IPA which was okay.

After a couple of beers we checked out the pizza menu and ordered. We got the War Dance pizza which consisted of peeperoni, spicy sausage, and a couple varieties of hot peppers. It was made with a whole wheat crust. It had just enough heat to make us sweat a little. It was great.

Overall, I really enjoyed this place. I took a growler of the Mango Wheat home with me. It is a delicious summertime treat. The barrel aged cherry stout was excellent as well, and the pizza was great. My girlfriend, who is not a craft enthusiast, loved it, also. It is one of my favorite new to me breweries of the year. I would go back in a heartbeat. I wish it was closer than a two hour drive though.

Photo of bbeerman
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

A..What a great little brew pub. Cozy and inviting. Was in North Zanesville overnight and stopped in for a pint & food. Found a two-piece band playing guitar & fiddle on the "stage" which is a small area in front of a few brewing vats to the right of the entrance. Couches, tables and stools throughout.

Q..Beer was top notch, single serving pizza was very good.

Ser..Bartender was excellent, waitress service a bit lacking...though I think it was due to only one (perhaps two) waitresses working that evening.

Sel..A strong selection of Weasel Boy brews on the chalkboard. While I only had one pint (Imperial Black IPA), there were plenty of tasty sounding options.

F..Again, just the pepperoni pizza. Basic pub pizza.

Overall a great little place to visit if you're in the area or just passing through.

Photo of tipfortap
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

This is the sort of place that just does beer culture right— great live blues being played at just the right volume, nine house taps (most of which were $3.75 a pint), a couch and five well-worn, cozy recliners around a table made from a cut tree. There’s a small patio overlooking the Muskingum River, and another room with more tables and displays from local artists. They have a pizza oven and the pies looked delicious, though I was not in the market. Coffee table books on beer and the native flora and fauna of Muskingum county were stacked on side tables along with wooden puzzles and brain teasers that I swear I used to win as a kid, but for some reason got progressively more difficult as the night progressed.

I got a three dollar (!) sampler of their nine beers: five year-round offerings and four seasonals. Brown Stoat Stout, Dancing Ferret IPA, Ornery Otter Blonde, Plaid Ferret Scottish Ale, White Weasel Wheat, Anastasia Russian Imperial Stout, Weasel Boy Mango Wheat, Wiesel Junge Kolsch, and Liz Brown Ale.

The Anastasia has a bit of a cult following, but I preferred the rounder, less hoppy Stoat Stout; the Plaid Ferret Scottish Ale has turned my fiance on to a new style he didn’t know he liked. My favorite surprise was the Kolsch. I think it’s a new style for Weasel Boy, because it’s not on Beer Advocate yet, but it was super crisp, subtle, a bit spicy with a tiny hit of apricot, and totally refreshing. This summer, I will be seeking it out on hot afternoons as an alternative to Witbiers and Saisons.

Photo of slander
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Pushing westward through Ohio again (don’t ask), and still an hour out of destination Columbus. Seemingly early enough that it wasn’t unreasonable to detour off the exit, some exit, somewhere, for beer. Axis plains being what they were, I pulled into ‘Z’, crossed the ‘Y’, and wound around ‘til I found Weasel Boy. In an old industrial space on a multi syllabled named river, just about as easy as it sounds...

Was an old glass mold factory once upon a time not now and then secret hand grenade piece place during the war, some war, somewhere, probably not for beer. Enter off a lobby space into a big open room with a small “L” shaped bar back in the rear corner; wood pieced laminate topped, with a panel base, wood foot pole, and seating for a dozen on stools. Stainless steel tower sunken off the bar with 11 handles, many of them with logo stickers & markers above identifying selections.

Wood shelving piece behind the bar with growlers & glassware, and stacked pint glasses. Horizontal board on the brick barback wall listing tap selections and ABV’s; happy hours and growler pricing, too. Stained glass Weasel Boy logo light box above with house license plates to both sides, and a long shelf atop holding old glassware & cans, a Bud Man piece, a growler, a bunch of steins, mugs, and more. Shirts & hats displayed off the corner of the bar, and a framed GABF metal for the Anastasia RIS from 2010. A retro Old style clock back there, somewhere, too.

Mostly cinderblock walls painted brick & off white, some areas done up with brewery pieces, pics of people wearing Weasel Boy wear abroad, coaster displays, and that cool Heneiken ad with Mr. Spock (never seen that one befo’). Large paper snowflake covered panel windows with center squares opening over the Muskingum River to the rear and back side. Slat wood floorings, and foam filled ceiling rafters with white I-beams & blended ducts. Strung white lighting running the ducts and along the far wall, and drop bulb lighting over the bar and out across the floor.

Just off the bar, a 4 seat bar counter below the rear windows to the right some, a couch against the far wall with 5 lounge chairs surrounding a cut tree table. Completing the pen, a 7 stool counter ledge separating the bar area from forward seating (a ½ dozen square wood tables currently populated by professor types), brewing (a 7.5 barrel brewing system), & banding (space up front where they may play). Side room with a dozen+ tables where the art is, and an outside deck over the river with a large Weasel boy mural and hop vines.

11 beers up, the sampler gives all in baby glasses served on a wooden rack. 6 House standards (Ornery Otter Blonde Ale, 4.2%, crisp, slight fruitiness; White Weasel Wheat Ale, 4.9%, American Wheat, 50/50 barley/wheat, a bit buttery; River Mink Mild Brown Ale, 3.8%, nice light brown ale, slight hop character, nice malt flavor; Plaid Ferret Scottish Ale, 4.5%, slight caramel, light, good maltiness; Brown Stoat Stout, 6.2%, sturdy, licorice nose and after taste; Dancing Ferret IPA, 6.6%, English grassiness, sweetness follows), and 5 seasonal weasels (Wiley Wolverine Rye Pale Ale, 4.75%, nice bite, but I get a slight butter nose; Snow Ermine Holiday Ale, 7.7%, a honey vanilla porter gone too vanilla-ey, can’t get past the sweet; Blackfooted Porter, 5%, nice roasty, chocolate porter; Bourbon Barrel Aged Anastasia RIS, 10%, all bourbon, who knows what’s under there; Barrel Aged Brown Stoat Cherry Stout, 7%, the cherry comes through nicely and it’s not overdone). The Ornery Otter Blonde, River Mink Mild Blonde Brown, Brown Stoat Stout, Dancing Ferret IPA, & Blackfoot Porter were the best of ‘em. They make some nice beers; sampler down, I may need to stick around for a shorty (I did, and it was the Brown Stoat Stout).

Growlers for sale, including gallon growlers (for the Anastasia RIS only). Pizza oven coming soon. Otherwise, the food here is the palate cleansing pretzels I was dealt (thank you for dinner). Sat talking things beery with the Paultender, knows his game. Good crowd, good tunes, good drink, good house; me likey. Not so one or two and out as was anticipated, ‘cause suddenly, it’s after midnight; how did that happen? The tomorrow that’s going to suck is already today. I need to be gettin’ on the road…

Photo of Yetiman420
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stop #337 on my world brewery tour.

Have made attempts to visit in the past during the day but the 4pm open time made it a bit tough. This time around I was staying the night in Zanesville and had plenty of time to check the place out.

Tuesday night around 9:30.

Sat at the end of the bar. One other work couple there at the bar and some people hanging out either in a private room or outside.

Weasel boy has a couple of great things going for it. First, the huge old brick building overlooking the (Licking?) river and part of the city is a wonderful view. Bartender told me there was a patio out back to take in the view during nice weather.

I also liked the interior. Big, old room with exposed brewing equipment and some comfy furniture really did make it feel like a glorified homebrew operation (which is a good thing in my book).

Where it fell short was in the quality of the beer. I was just coming off a 24 hr. flu so my taste buds may have been out of whack. I felt all beers were lacking in body - especially the imperial stouts.

I had a sampler of all beers - blonde, wheat, mild brown, Scottish, stout, IPA, rye pale seasonal, Bourbon barrel RIS, and Bourbon barrel cherry stout (less Bourbon as reused barrel).

I did double down on a pint of the IPA as it had a bold, aggressive hop aroma and flavor. I was also having a nice chat with the bartender and didn't want to sample & run. All other beers just lacked in body and the RIS was well below what I would expect for a brewery to barrel age and sell 1 gallon growlers for $50 (still selling which may be reinforcement for my opinion).

Pizza kitchen being installed and recipes being formulated so they will have their own food in the near future.

I'm going to give them another shot with a healthy beer thirst and see if I get different results. Love the concept and effort, just wish the beers were a bit better.

Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Another great use of an old industrial building. Seating bar area next to the equipment. Bar top, table area and patio. Great view of the river. Nice chill atmosphere at dinner, maybe gets more roudy later, probably only marginally so though. Looked like they get some local music.
10 taps of theirs plus one guest. Holiday porter and bb stout were my choices, both very good. Many people there drinking their lighter styles.
Service was good and knowledgeable. Dressed in some Irish garb for St Pattys day.
Should be a stop for anyone traveling by in 70.

Photo of brown2cu
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A: pretty low key. It got busier as the night progressed, and there was a live band, and from what I understand this is a usual thing. My favorite thing about this place was that I could have a pint and talk to my friends, and at the same time not feel like I was in a mausoleum.

Q: Everything I had was decent. I would especially recommend their scottish ale.

S: We had excellent service when we visited. It may have had something to do with knowing one of the bartenders.

S: overall, a pretty decent selection; All house beers, with I believe one visiting tap. No one style dominated the selection, there were styles that ranged all over the SRM spectrum.

V: Pretty inexpensive; however, I found that some of there growlers were ridiculously overpriced.

Photo of Keffa
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I'm shocked I haven't already reviewed this place.

Walk in, and you'll be greeted by the mash tun, brew kettle, several fermenters, bright tank, and several bourbon and oak barrels aging various beers near the entrance. Further back are several tables, and then a wing with an art gallery of local art. At the bar are about a dozen stools, and then to the right are the patio and the "Living Room". The "Living Room" has a comfy couch, and 4 chairs and a "beer table" in the middle. This is the best place to sit in the whole place. There are many beer related books and magazines on the tables, including Beer Advocate :)

The patio has several tables and chairs, and overlooks the Muskingum River, and seeing raccoons and other wildlife isn't a surprise while out there. A mural is painted on the wall of "Weasel Boy" and there are hop vines growing during the summer months.

The taps are usually only Weasel Boy, although once in a while there will be a guest tap (last guest I remember is Unibroue Blanche De Chambly).

There are several pizzas available, made by a local family pizza place that has been here since the 70's.

Weasel Boy makes great beer, in a town where great beer doesn't really exist. If you are in the area, stop by, have a pint, and enjoy the best beer in Zanesville :)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Imagine a New Yorker suddenly transplanted to the Columbus, Ohio, area. Sounds like a recipe for disaster... but then Weasel Boy comes to the rescue!

My wife and I often drive from North Columbus to Zanesville just to spend the evening at Weasel Boy. Their beers are great (love the Black IPA and the regular IPA), the atmosphere is homey and convivial, the bartenders are friendly and the view of the Muskingum River and downtown Zanesville is phenomenal.

There is a comfy couch, local art from the studios and galleries nearby and just a great great vibe. This is how all taprooms should be! Where you always feel like a neighbor.

No food except for gourmet pizzas from a local place. Even though they are frozen they are super tasty! We always get one.

I would happily come here every evening if I lived closer. It is probably my favorite beer place in the US!

Photo of Tucquan
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Visited here on 2010-06-29

I really liked this place!

It's very non-descript from the outside but when you walk in the front door and then enter the brewery from the lobby, you are faced with the brewing tanks in an old, brick industrial building.

When you turn to the left, you see some tables in the middle-ground and the bar with windows at the end of the long room.

As you walk towards the bar you notice an art gallery in a room on the left. Big kudos for this.

The bar is at the far left and to the right are comfy sofas and easy chairs. Nice art and posters decorate the walls. The large windows look out on the Muskingum River.

My friend and I ordered our beer. He had the sampler and I had a pint of the Wiley Wolverine Rye Pale, which I enjoyed quite a bit. We took our beers outside to the patio to comfortable tables and chairs overlooking the river.

It's really extra nice on the deck in good weather. You look out on the river. Behind you is a high-quality Weasel Boy mural and to the sides are hop trellises with fragrant buds this time of year.

We ordered another round and this time we both had the Bitter Sable Imperial Black IPA, which we both thought was very good.

As the sun set, we started chatting convivially with the people at the table next to us. One fellow, Daniel, is a fine photographer and his buddy helped paint the mural behind us. Other folks came onto the patio later and sat down with us at our table as we all enjoyed each others' company. Right about then, a racoon wandered by the river bank in front of us.

I really like this place! I've been to a LOT of brew pubs around the country and the atmosphere and environs at this place are really top notch; even compared to the great brew pubs in Portland, OR. Weasel Boy might get my highest rating except for the food, which is basically high-end pizzas contracted from a local supplier. We didn't have the pizza, and it too may be excellent, but be aware this is not a restaurant. Even so, if you are anywhere in the area, it is worth going out of your way to stop here!

Photo of BeerBelcher
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I enjoyed the Bitter Sable at the Mini-Real Ale Fest (MRAF) at Barley's in early-May, and paid the brewery a visit with Jabier. Zanesville is not the most likely locale to find a craft brewer, but Weasel Boy has a great location - on a bluff above the river. When we arrived on a Saturday afternoon, the owners were present along with a few locals. It was great to sit on their patio overlooking the river and enjoy a sampler of all the beers they had on draft (which was reasonably priced). This place is not big - you could easily drive past it - and the interior is tasting room and working brewery in one space, but it was a bright happy space. I was a little disappointed in the selection of beers offered during my visit in that there were no "big" styles on tap, but that fact caused me to try styles that are usually 2nd or 3rd choices for me. However, they were all pretty good, and I can't call that much of a criticism. There was no food evident during our visit, although the website mentioned flatbreads...there was a restaurant next-door though, and it seemed like the establishment was cool with bringing in outside food. This would be a great place to kill a summer afternoon.

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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

As a Zanesville native, I was excited to see this place open up. I've been there twice now, and both times have been great experiences. The place is small, but has a warm and inviting feel. The location on the river is great; they even have hop plants growing outside. The beers were top-notch, you can tell they have put a lot of effort into the quality of their brews. I was happy to see that they are serving food now (pizzas), but I didn't try any. It is certainly worth the one hour drive from Columbus, especially since the breweries here get a little tiresome after awhile. It is definitely a great place to spend a nice relaxing afternoon along the Muskingum River.

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Weasel Boy Brewing Company in Zanesville, OH
93 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.