Resurrecting Tradition, One Batch at a Time.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
Driven by a love for craft beer and a passion for brewing, the Phoenix Brewing Company was founded by local beer enthusiasts looking to bring a craft beer revival to Mansfield. Located near the original pre-prohibition brewery district in the restored former Schroer Funeral and Mortuary Home, the Phoenix took flight in April, 2014. The partners have combined their love of craft beer to create an authentic pub experience filled with quality craft beer and live music. The tap room features 16 taps including six Phoenix flagship beers and rotating seasonal and high gravity beers. They are also host to other Ohio craft brews, Ohio ciders, a selection of fine wines from local winery Cypress Hill and spirits from Ohio distilleries. The taproom beers are brewed with a 5 barrel brewhouse and also on 20 barrel production system using sustainable practices. Food trucks are available seasonally but patrons may also order food items from the local pizzeria or bring in carry out. Live entertainment is booked for weekends and carry out growlers and howlers of Phoenix brews and swag are available.
HISTORY OF THE BUILDING
The brewery is located in the former Schroer Mortuary and Funeral Home at 131 North Diamond Street. Charles Schroer already had a very successful furniture business in Mansfield, Ohio when he opened the Schroer Mortuary and Funeral Home in 1914. It was common then for the furniture or cabinet makers to also build the caskets for a community.The mortuary and funeral home were a natural progression of his business and were in operation until 1932 with the death of Charles Schroer Jr.
The Schroer building had a hand operated elevator to reach all three levels and was the first fireproof building in Mansfield. Today, the former embalming and prep area in the lower level now houses the Phoenix Brewing Company brew equipment and cold storage. The first floor used originally as as the chapel is now a beautifully renovated taproom. The casket elevator has been converted into storage and HVAC equipment.
Whenever possible, items were recycled and repurposed during the renovation. The original windows were refinished and retained for their beauty and natural light. The tabletops were salvaged from a local bowling alley and donated from an area couple when they learned of the brewery opening. The back bar was housed most recently in the studio of a local artist after hopping through many downtown businesses over the last 85 years. Some of the flight paddles were created from the salvaged wood in the casket elevator deconstruction. Originally, the walls were covered with hand-troweled plaster which was removed by hand to celebrate the original look of the building. At the same time as the Phoenix Brewing Company renovation, the Allstate building in Mansfield was also undergoing a restoration. Lights were salvaged from that building, refurbished and and reinstalled in the Phoenix. Patrons can enjoy their beverages inside or out using the adjoining brick patio with over 5,000 reclaimed Century street pavers salvaged from Cleveland.
Not only does Scott sport the best beard in the bunch, he manages the tap room and also has an amazing ear for musical talent, bringing in some of the best musical acts from the tri-state area. Scott is also the mix master in the house creating some amazing blended beers. Scott has been brewing since 2009. His favorite beer styles are Belgians and IPAs.
Steve, also known as Zig, is the assistant manager and also our technology coordinator. Zig moonlights as the President of the Mansfield Playhouse. He has been brewing since 2008, and his favorite beer styles are IPAs, Witbiers, and Hefeweizens.
Ian isn't just our first mate when it comes to the Taproom, but is also one of the brewers at the Phoenix. Not only can he help you pick out a favorite pint, he can make it too, Ian’s favorite beer style is cold.
A member of the Phoenix tap technician crew and also an understudy in the brewery, Corey loves serving brews with a smile. Corey moonlights as a paramedic for a local fire department. When asked about his favorite brews, he said “Yeah, I like IPA’s”
Mysterious is one way to describe Margot, elegant, beautiful and rock solid knowledgeable about beer would be others. In addition to being a beer goddess, Margot is also Scott’s muse. Liking to keep things local, her favorite beer is the 419.
Stephanie has been a craft beer bartender for over 3 years at The Phoenix. She has developed a love for many craft beers, with sours being among one of her favorites. Stouts and Porters are high on her list too, especially after a long work day. She is always happy to help you get started in your first craft beer tasting experience.
Andy is kind of shy, he doesn't like to brag about himself, so we will. In addition to being a fine tap technician and brewery attendant, he is also a firefighter in Mansfield. When he isn't busy putting out all kinds of flames, you can find him enjoying a cold pint of ESB.
Assistant to the Brewers
In addition to being a Phoenix tap technician , Ryan also delivers kegs, and is an understudy in the brewery. His love for IPA's is almost as big as his heart. Which is pretty huge, having raised over $3,000 to shave his head and beard for St. Baldrick's. He says his goal for 2019 is $5,000.
Siera finds her passion in agriculture, community and family. At her day job she assists in running a state park but her hobby finds her here at the brewery. She enjoys stouts, especially the Ferryman.
While he is not known for his speedy service, he is sure to bring a smile. Charles's favorite beverage in the taproom is the Bone Raddler.