Weasel Boy Brewing Company

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Weasel Boy Brewing CompanyWeasel Boy Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

126 Muskingum Ave.
Suite E
Zanesville, Ohio, 43701
United States

(740) 455-3767 | map

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

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

Added by Dogbrick on 09-08-2007

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Reviews by slander:
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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
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…

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Photo of endtheinfinite
2.93/5  rDev -29.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5

Photo of B2A
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Vibe was laid back and casual, great songs followed by a great band out of Nashville. Pizza was stellar with pepperoni that let the grease pool in the little cups. Ben went above and beyond to make us feel at home. This Little River town is doing well! Cheers!

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Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

We had great pizza and I sampled the saison and a few others. I ended up going with the Russian Imperial Stout and enjoyed it. We were there early on a Friday and the atmosphere was subdued and welcoming.

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Photo of wroywel
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of trdtercel92
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Zonian1
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Finally got the chance to visit Weasel Boy this weekend (Jan '15). I live 2 hours from Zanesville and whenever I've been in the area, they were closed. The place is much bigger than I expected, with a cool lounge kind of vibe--couches and easy chairs. Definitely a place I would like to hang out for hours with friends.

There were about 8 beers on tap the Friday night I visited, including the amazing Cabernet barrel aged Anastasia RIS. It sounds strange to me to age a stout in wine barrels, but in this case, it really worked. Delicious. There were several very flavorful beers on tap when I stopped by. The folks behind the bar were really cool too.

I didn't try the food, but I've heard the pizza is great.

Weasel Boy is about 5 minutes off I-70 and definitely worth a stop if you are driving by. And as a bonus, you can check out the famous Zanesville Y-Bridge over the Muskingum River, just a stone's throw away from the brewery.

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Photo of Bucknutty24
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.24/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of WesMantooth
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of KushBreakfast
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
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 -10.3%

Photo of ventiman
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of lindhout
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of kvnklingler
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of falcon1
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of canawler
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of compass40204
4.14/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of bbeerman
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of tipfortap
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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