The area’s NEWEST brewery has announced its plans, and they include renovating a downtown building

The region’s beer scene is about to get a new player.

Specialty nanobrewery/taproom The Common Beer Company plans to open this summer at 126 E. Main St. in downtown Mason next to Comets Pizza and The Mason Grill.

The two-story building will include 1,400 square feet of indoor retail space and a fully functional brewery, with future plans to provide an outside area.

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The neighborhood-based brewery will produce all of its products on-site utilizing state-of-the-art, newly manufactured 6.5-barrel brew house equipment supplied by Quiet Giant Brewing Co. It will offer six to eight product lines.

“At the initial opening, we’ll be offering a wide variety of beer styles including, but not limited to, Honey Ale, Weiss, IPA, Wheat and an Extra Special Bitter,” said co-owner Mark Lortz. “Throughout the year, there will be many seasonal offerings that will enable The Common Beer Company to provide our customers with new and different recipes and experiences.”

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The Common Beer Company plans to renovate and remodel the building’s exterior and interior.

The business is led by Lortz and his wife Amy, who head a Mason-based, management and ownership group that has more than eight years of microbrewing experience and more than 20 years of customer relationship management and book-keeping skills.

“We chose this site in order to provide this great community with a neighborhood identity in the craft beer industry,” Mark Lortz said. “Ultimately, the Common Beer Company wants to build our community presence and become a destination for both local and abroad clientele. We envision becoming a mainstay business for Mason and help in building the growing downtown brand of Mason.”

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It plans to hire an assistant brew master and several support personnel.

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