Holzlager Brewing Company opens in Woodstock

First new business to open in former Bohn’s Ace Hardware

A new brewery has opened in Woodstock.

Holzlager Brewing Company now is serving its original brews out of a unit in the former Bohn’s Ace Hardware building at 150 S. Eastwood Drive. Property owner Henry Patel has divided the building into multiple units. The brewery occupies 3,850 square feet on the north end of the building. A whiskey and wine bar is planned for next door.

Renovations to the brewery’s unit took about eight months, said Mario Cortez, who operates the business along with business partners Charles Moran and Travis Slepcevich.

“Things have been going very well,” Cortez said. “We like the response we have gotten. People are coming through and hopefully we can continue to sell the beer they are looking for.”

Holzlager – the name itself a nod to the city, with “Holz” being the German word for “Wood” and “Lager” means “Stock” – offers five beers on tap, including the limited release “Lucas Road” American Pale Ale, which features locally sourced hops.

The Lucas Road brew is made using hops grown in Woodstock, at Mom and Pop’s Hops on Lucas Road, Cortez said.

Holzlager began the Lucas Road wet hop brew the same day the hops had been harvested.

Holzlager also is brewing IPAs and offers a rotating guest tap beer. As the season changes, the brewery plans to offer a cider for those who don’t want to drink beer, or simply want a gluten-free beverage option, Cortez said.

The brewery plans to offer more variety in the future, he said.

“We are definitely looking to increase the range of the beers,” he said. “Right now we have a lot of ales and we will continue to do those but we want to bring in some lagers and pilsners as well.”

The brewery has from the start planned to sell the majority of its product in stores and continues to work toward that goal, he said.

Holzlager beers are already available at several local restaurants including Rosati’s Napoli Pizza and Ortmann’s Red Iron Tavern, Cortez said.

The brewery doesn’t offer food but patrons may bring food in, and food trucks are scheduled to be on-site some days.

Holzlager is closed Mondays but open noon to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sundays.

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