Local craft brewery jumps into the wine market with both feet

Like many other craft breweries in southwest Ohio, FigLeaf Brewing Co. didn't take long to discover that its customers don't live on beer alone.

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They want choices, and FigLeaf provides choices, in the form of its own wines that it has been fermenting in small batches for sampling in its tasting room.  And now, the Middletown brewery is entering the wine market on a larger scale with the release of its Blackberry Fizz, a 6%-alcohol blackberry fruit wine that is carbonated like a wine cooler and which is now available in cans.

“We’ve had a lot of success locally with wines and ciders,” FigLeaf co-owner Brian Yavorsky said. “We’re taking note of consumers’ tastes and branching out to target those who are either looking for more choices, or don’t consider beer their number one drink of choice.”

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Canned wines have surged in popularity in recent years, although the FigLeaf Blackberry Fizz is one of the few canned wines that is produced locally.

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FigLeaf describes its Blackberry Fizz as “light, sweet, fun and refreshing with bold, full-bodied blackberry flavor and effervescent bubbles that tickle the tongue.”

And, they add, it’s ideal for warm weather.

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FigLeaf Brewing Co., located at 3387 Cincinnati-Dayton Road just north of Monroe, opened in October 2016. Its beers (and now wines) are available at retail outlets in the Dayton-Cincinnati area. For more information, check out the FigLeaf Brewing  Co. Facebook page.