Steel Valley Brew Works is bringing bocce, billiards, beer and beans roasted fresh onsite to Youngstown, Ohio.
A row of 10 pinball machines rounds out the amusements in the expansive 12,000-square-foot playground for grownups, where behind the scenes a 70-kilo-capacity Diedrich roaster anchors a coffee roasting production facility.
The coffee component marks a sixth Ohio location for Steel Valley sister company Stonefruit Coffee Company. With Steel Valley branding throughout the roastery and entertainment areas, Stonefruit is the logo prominently emblazoned behind the coffee bar, where a Conti espresso machine supports the espresso menu and brewed coffee comes strictly via manual pourovers.
“We are a pourover-only facility; we do not believe in [automated] drip coffee,” Steel Valley Co-Owner and Stonefruit Founder and Head Roaster Joshua Langenheim told Daily Coffee News. “Only the best.”
String lights, pendants and neon lighting add to the buzzy liveliness of the public spaces where black and white walls and chairs and a black stone bar are balanced by natural poplar paneling and a wall of leafy greenery. Youngstown pride emanates from murals and other decoration around overstuffed lounge chairs.
“We tailored the space around my hometown, Youngstown,” said Langenheim, “so the interior is rustic chic, paying homage to the rise and fall of the steel industry.”
Coffees for all of Stonefruit’s Ohio retail locations will now be roasted on the Steel Valley Diedrich, whose capacity will also pave the way for Stonefruit’s growth into a larger wholesale roasting business.
“I operate with no ceiling,” said Langenheim. “When we find a need that we can fill, I will do my best to facilitate a solution. I hope to grow my footprint in Cleveland with Stonefruit, and plan to spend the next year 100% focused on creating an amazing culture at [Steel Valley Beer Works].”
While currently in a soft-open mode, Steel Valley Brew Works will plans to hold its grand opening later this spring.
Steel Valley Brew Works is located at 7401 Market St, #617, in Youngstown, Ohio.
Howard Bryman is the associate editor of Daily Coffee News by Roast Magazine. He is based in Portland, Oregon.