Former firefighter to open new brewery in Williamsburg’s old firehouse

WILLIAMSBURG, Ohio — A former firefighter is heading back to the firehouse, but instead of gearing up he’ll be brewing beer.
Williamsburg resident Adam Cowan plans to open a brewery at the site of the village’s old firehouse.
Cowan said the Old Firehouse Brewery should open by early July but not official date has been set. The brewery will be located at 237 W. Main St.
“I couldn’t be more excited that the perfect location seemed to just fall into place,” Cowan said in a release. “The layout is ideal for the model I want to bring to life. We will have an open concept where the brewing equipment is part of the atmosphere along with a tap room and ample seating.”
Cowan said he plans to launch the brewery with five beers to start including an American pale ale, an India Pale Ale, a porter, a Scottish red and “probably a Kolsch or a pilsner.”
“I’m working closely with our brew master, Ben Ramsey, to finalize the selection for the brewery’s first taps. We will announce new beers with the seasons and hope to grow the number of taps over the next 12-18 months,” Cowan said.
In addition to the taproom, Cowan plans to market kegs in the greater Cincinnati area. Craft beer fans will also be able to fill up their growlers at the taproom.
The brewery is getting strong support from city government.
“The Village of Williamsburg welcomes the Old Firehouse Brewery with open arms,” Williamsburg Mayor Mary Ann Lefker said in a release. “We continue to promote our village as being open for business and continually reach out for new economic development that will keep Williamsburg vibrant and viable.”
The mayor said she believes the brewery will bring renewed energy to Main Street.
City officials said the brewery was previously home to Luce Electric, and before that is served as the firehouse. It also housed village offices such as the police department.
Cowan said he plans to keep the firehouse theme strong in the brewery. He is trying to salvage memorabilia for the building and that people have offered to add to the collection. The business name, logo, and décor will also evoke a firehouse vibe.
“And, focusing on the camaraderie of firefighters, we want to make this a place where friends and families will come to enjoy each other’s company and have fun. We want to offer corn-hole tournaments and other fundraisers that will benefit local organizations, such as the fire and police departments,” Cowan said.
The brewery won’t offer food but Cowan plans to partner with local restaurants to provide food options. Families are also welcome to bring their own.
More information on the brewery is available at; and at

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